Staff Picks: Best New Music

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Trophy Scars
Holy Vacants


The first truly perfect record of the year.
Todd Terje
It's Album Time


Give life back to music
Teebs
E S T A R A


In its own way, this album is everything we could have hoped for: freewheeling, easygoing, generous, and, of course, breathtakingly gorgeous.
Cloud Nothings
Here and Nowhere Else


The best kind of angst
Chevelle
La Gargola


An amazing progressive album that shows haters how great a rock band Chevelle really is.
Ben Frost
A U R O R A


From the turbulent launch in 'Flex' to the hectic comedown in 'Sola Fide' and all the tension, exploration and horror in between, A U R O R A is as close to an aural feature full-length you'll ever get.
Animals As Leaders
The Joy of Motion


A modern freerunning landscape complete with scenic vistas, complex obstacles, and luxurious rest stops that ensure you’ll frequent the course
Thou
Heathen


Join our sad tears and dance on the blackened bones of gods.
The War on Drugs
Lost in the Dream


Hazy perfection.
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib
Pinata


Filled with delicious goodies for everyone.
BABYMETAL
Babymetal


An unexpectedly catchy effort with varying influences scattered across its spectrum
St. Vincent
St. Vincent


A challenging art pop album that convincingly balances the beautiful with the ugly, and ultimately stays human despite its futuristic leanings.
The Hotelier
Home, Like NoPlace Is There


On their sophomore effort, The Hotelier have evolved into something truly profound. This is a band at the top of their game.
Neneh Cherry
Blank Project


Blank Project overflows with daring experimentation, but its tremendous appeal also lies in Cherry's intensely personal musings that lend the record its emotional heft.
Angel Olsen
Burn Your Fire For No Witness


Won't you open a window sometime?
Woods of Desolation
As the Stars


A paradigm shift
Crosses
Crosses


Crosses' embrace of indulgent texture and weighted atmosphere end up giving the album a resilient and hypnotically enticing appeal.
Icarus the Owl
Icarus the Owl


Rekindling.
Grand Magus
Triumph and Power


In conclusion, grand magus delivers what the swedes have been delivering for the past twenty years, ever since at the gates revolutionized heavy metal: fearless, terrific music.
Marissa Nadler
July


The coldest July on record makes for a stunning achievement.
Thee Silver Mount Zion
Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything


For the first time, in arguably ever, Thee Silver Mount Zion have fully realized the vision they've been striving for. Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything is a triumph.
Against Me!
Transgender Dysphoria Blues


A renewed energy and passion for a band that truly needed it.
Lil B
05 Fuck Em


THIS IS ABSOLUTELY BASED #RARE #CLASSIC
Burial
Rival Dealer


An upward journey out of a vortex of despair
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