Staff Picks: Best New Music

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Lo-Pan
Colossus


Lo-Pan remain in strong form on their fourth album, performing heavy rock that's at once infectious and distinctly ambitious.
Caribou
Our Love


A madness most discreet.
Flying Lotus
You're Dead!


And then, the quietus came
Aphex Twin
Syro


The triumphant return of the father of modern electronic music after 13 long years is definitely worth the wait.
Banks
Goddess


Don't tell me to listen to your song because it isn't the same
Royal Blood
Royal Blood


More Wolfmother than any other garage rock pioneer band you can think of.
Kimbra
The Golden Echo


Kimbra strikes art-pop gold on her second album.
Spoon
They Want My Soul


Let me be mine.
Panopticon
Roads to the North


Watching the mountains sleep
Shabazz Palaces
Lese Majesty


Lese Majesty boldly goes places where most hip-hop artists couldn’t even fathom.
Joyce Manor
Never Hungover Again


This album should have been titled, Joyce Manor Learn How to Vary Their Damn Songwriting
Alvvays
Alvvays


Nothing extremely new or innovative, but still great and worth a listen
Mastodon
Once More 'Round the Sun


A blueprint of how to go commercial without sacrificing one's artistic identity.
The Antlers
Familiars


When love is a safer place we both remember.
White Lung
Deep Fantasy


There's a gesture of thrash; A hint of pop; A chunk of punk. All mashed together, sounds like one entertaining, angry party.
Clipping
CLPPNG


Put simply, CLPPNG is experimentation done right, taking a bold leap toward making experimental hip-hop both accessible and flat out fun.
Sharon Van Etten
Are We There


you like it.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Revelation


A stroll down memory lane with The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Casualties of Cool
Casualties of Cool


What you never knew you needed to hear.
Swans
To Be Kind


Both musically and thematically, To Be Kind comes off as the culmination of Michael Gira's entire musical career and makes a worthy successor to the band's previous landmark record The Seer.
Kishi Bashi
Lighght


Kishi Bashi continues to tear down musical conventions in all the righght ways.
Lykke Li
I Never Learn


Tears melt ice
Fennesz
Becs


Somber soundscapes and lush melodies: a vivid Fennesz experience.
Trophy Scars
Holy Vacants


The first truly perfect record of the year.
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