Staff Picks: Best New Music

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FKA Twigs
M3LL155X


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


Lifting the veil.
mewithoutYou
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.
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.
PVRIS
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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