Get Reviews of A$AP Rocky, Christopher Owens, Pantha Du Prince, Yo La Tengo and More in This Week's New Release Roundup
Published Jan 15, 2013It's a new week, and you know what that means? New music! Be sure to check out Exclaim!'s Recently Reviewed section for all our latest reviews and keep reading to see all this week's highlights.
First off, we have A$AP Rocky's much-anticipated LongLiveA$AP, which has earned the Exclaim! Mark of Excellence this week. Of course, A$AP hardly went it alone on his major label debut, tapping everyone from Kendrick Lamar, Drake and 2 Chainz to Santigold and Skrillex.
Then, there's Christopher Owens, former frontman of Girls. Although Owens' decision to split from the band was bittersweet, his solo album Lysandre clearly displays a prelude for him as he uses his indie rock influence on new sounds.
You can also embark on an electronic exploration with Pantha Du Prince & Bell Laboratory's orchestrated-techno collaboration, Elements of Light. The album consists of five pieces, all named after specific elements of light, meant to be listened to in one continuous play and features the unique sound of the bell carillon.
Fourteen albums later and Yo La Tengo are still pioneers to their own resonance with new album Fade, showing that they can indeed age gracefully. And forceful is what you can call UK screamers Vales' debut record, Clarity. The group's vocalist, Chlo Edwards, belts with violence and emotion that will give you goosebumps and, better yet, make you hit the repeat button.
Lastly, we have California X's self-titled debut album, yet another record that this week earned Exclaim!'s Mark of Excellence.
To read full reviews of these new releases and more, check out Exclaim!'s Recently Reviewed section and take a look at the New and Forthcoming Release Dates page for updates.
You can also listen to some of our favourite tracks from these albums in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock
Dance & Electronic