Staff Picks: Best New Music

all genres

FKA Twigs

To my mind it's so sweet/And I wish you could see it
Chelsea Wolfe

Lifting the veil.
Pale Horses

Rediscovery meets progression, highlighted by Chewbacca's face on the album artwork
Jamie xx
In Colour

Gorgeous atmospheres with a penchant for solid pop songwriting.
Florence and the Machine
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Now with more brass.
Paradise Lost
The Plague Within

A refreshing listen for those who think the band may have gotten too comfortable lately.
The Tallest Man on Earth
Dark Bird Is Home

A necessary and timely expansion for The Tallest Man on Earth.
Hop Along
Painted Shut

Hop Along continue to thrill.
Dance Gavin Dance
Instant Gratification

Instantly gratified!
Sufjan Stevens
Carrie and Lowell

Sufjan's most personal and bare album is also easily his best.
Courtney Barnett
sometimes i sit and think, and sometimes i just sit

music 4 crieng and lafing u like?
Earl Sweatshirt
I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside

Earl is stepping out of Tyler's shadow to find the outside world ain't all that sunny either.
Kendrick Lamar
To Pimp a Butterfly

Ambition and anger collide in a modern hip-hop tour de force.
Scar Sighted

Twisted and disturbing in the best possible way.
Father John Misty
I Love You, Honeybear

Stunningly romantic.
Viet Cong
Viet Cong

Check your anxieties, no need to suffer endlessly
No Cities to Love

just in case you needed any further proof who the greatest rock band in the world are

If Homogenic and Vespertine had a baby...
Black Messiah

Your Best Albums of 2014 list was made prematurely.

Stolas 2014 > Stolas 2013
Ne Obliviscaris

Ne Obliviscaris are proving once more to be a hard band to label. 2014's Citadel finds the band perfecting the unique sound established on their debut album Portal of I, while seemingly attaining more accessibility.
Kenn Nardi
Dancing With the Past

Anacrusis' vocalist returns from a 20-year hiatus with a double album that includes everything from the technical thrash of his past to moody, atmospheric songs that are surprisingly full of emotion.
White Noise

Catchy as hell, PVRIS impresses with their own brand of darker electro-pop rock.
The Smith Street Band
Throw Me in the River

Maturity and continued excellence
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