Staff Picks: Best New Music

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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.
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
Low Roar
0


Purely stunning as a musical piece, emotionally cathartic, and perhaps the most impressive album of 2014.
Mastodon
Once More 'Round the Sun


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