Reviews of Washed Out, Rae Spoon and the Bug Lead This Week's New Release Roundup

Reviews of Washed Out, Rae Spoon and the Bug Lead This Week's New Release Roundup
The time has come once again for Exclaim! to sort through this week's newest CDs, LPs and EPs to find you the best music available. But before you grab your wallet and head to your nearest record store, check out this week's edition of our weekly New Release Roundup to find out which albums made the cut and which belong in the bargain bin. Then, head on over to our Recently Reviewed section to read reviews on even more new releases.

Expanding upon the ground work laid in his disjointed debut, Washed Out (a.k.a. Ernest Greene) has finally found his footing with the lush psychedelia of his sophomore LP, Paracosm. But does his move towards conventional songwriting and analog instrumentation pay off? Read on to know.

Next, Montreal-based recording artist Rae Spoon delivers the artist's bravest effort to date with the breathtaking My Prairie Home, while the Bug fully showcases his industrial influence with the post-apocalyptic concept LP, Filthy.

And speaking of avant-garde beatmakers, hip-hop space warrior Ras G returns from his four-year silence with the Sun Ra-indebted cosmic album Back On the Planet. Elsewhere, ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted delivers no-B.S. hard rock on Newsted's no-frills debut, Heavy Metal Music.

Finally, Nashville five-piece the Wild Feathers channel the best of '70s FM radio on their nostalgic, 12-track self-titled debut. But are they the next great American rock'n'roll band? Click through to find out.

Hear some of our favourite tracks from these albums and many more in our Rdio Genre Playlists:

Pop & Rock
Folk & Country
Dance & Electronic
Hip-Hop
Metal