Staff Picks: Best New Music

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Dance Gavin Dance
Instant Gratification


Instant Gratification lives up to its name, and adds a bit more gratification every time you hit the repeat button.
Sufjan Stevens
Carrie and Lowell


Sufjan's most personal and bare album is also easily his best.
Kendrick Lamar
To Pimp a Butterfly


Ambition and anger collide in a modern hip-hop tour de force.
Leviathan
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
Sleater-Kinney
No Cities to Love


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


If Homogenic and Vespertine had a baby...
D'Angelo
Black Messiah


Your Best Albums of 2014 list was made prematurely.
Stolas
Allomaternal


Stolas 2014 > Stolas 2013
Ne Obliviscaris
Citadel


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.
The Smith Street Band
Throw Me in the River


Massive, gut-spilling, and brave enough to sound different to their past selves and everyone else.
Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels 2


Big up, big up, it's a stick up, stick up.
Jessie Ware
Tough Love


Often lovely, though Devotion is better
Gates
Bloom and Breathe


See the light.
Ben Howard
I Forget Where We Were


Has the world gone mad, or is it me?
Flying Lotus
You're Dead!


Why fear death when it is this enjoyable?
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.
Aphex Twin
Syro


The triumphant return of the father of modern electronic music after 13 long years is definitely worth the wait.
Perfume Genius
Too Bright


Don't let them in.
Oado
Life Era


An impressive debut that explores the darker side of atmospheric neofolk.
Interpol
El Pintor


A new animal, a new work of art.
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