Get Reviews of Stars, Absolutely Free and Foxygen in Our New Release Roundup
Published Oct 14, 2014After filling up on Thanksgiving dinner this past holiday weekend, it's time to fill your listening library with new additions courtesy of our New Release Roundup. Stuffed with all sorts of new releases from this week, give it a read to catch up on what's new and notable, as well as what you might have missed. Then, be sure to check out our Recently Reviewed section for more.
Canadian indie rock institution Stars are first up this week with their latest record, No One Is Lost. Though our reviewer describes it as "the most consistently satisfying Stars record" since 2007's In Our Bedroom After the War, are the band's tuneful slices of power pop enough to still engage and surprise listeners? Read our review to find out.
Toronto trio Absolutely Free have delivered a strong outing with their self-titled debut record. Full of "laser-focused" drumbeats and analog keyboards amid the subtle layers of noise, the group display an ability to bring intensity to the table at key moments. Elsewhere, Foxygen still find themselves caught in the middle between two distinct identities on ...And Star Power. The record finds the group walking a line between writing intelligent pop music and engaging in noisy, raucous sonics, ultimately resulting in a divisive studio effort.
Noisy Nashville metal veterans Today Is the Day haven't let their revolving door of members hinder them from making devastating and aggressive music. Their hour-long Animal Mother delivers 15 tracks of tormenting and evocative music, proving to be "another jarring and powerful offering" in their catalogue.
Virginia grindcore outfit Pig Destroyer have unleashed a physical edition of their 2013 EP, Mass & Volume, originally released as a benefit following the death of friend and Relapse director of retail sales Pat Egan. Made up of the 19-minute "Mass & Volume" and the six-minute "Red Tar," the EP delivers doses of slow feedback-soaked heaviness as well as quicker-paced aggression.
Finally, singer-songwriter Frazey Ford receives a boost from some masters of soul on her latest offering. Indian Ocean finds Ford lining up alongside Al Green's backing band, the Hi Rhythm Section, for an album full of organs, punchy horn sections and laid0back bass lines. The soul music influence proves to be an excellent choice in complementing Ford's instantly recognizable vocals.
Find some tracks from the albums reviewed above and lots more on our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock
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