Staff Picks: Best New Music

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Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels 2


Big up, big up, it's a stick up, stick up.
Taylor Swift
1989


One of the most fascinating things about Taylor Swift is that she's always been herself, no matter what stylistic changes she goes through. Even though her well of influences has been a deep one, her distinct brand
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.
Tinashe
Aquarius


Treading water.
Perfume Genius
Too Bright


Pride.
Aphex Twin
Syro


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


Don't tell me to listen to your song because it isn't the same
Rabbit Junk
Pop That Pretty Thirty


Three great new tracks ! Rabbit Junk are you kidding ? We're starving !
Cymbals Eat Guitars
LOSE


Got no serotonin left/Signed away your right to be forgotten
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 where most of the minds in the current hip-hop scene 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.
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