Staff Picks: Best New Music

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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.
Brontide
Artery


Brontide turn the groove all the way up to turtleneck.
A Sunny Day in Glasgow
Sea When Absent


Shoegaze has a new mission statement - twenty years removed from its downfall it is here to stay no matter how many times you beg for an Oasis reunion.
Mastodon
Once More 'Round the Sun


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


When love is a safer place we both remember.
Musk Ox
Woodfall


A captivating, masterfully-crafted achievement of not only neofolk music, but of music in general.
White Lung
Deep Fantasy


There's a gesture of thrash; A hint of pop; A chunk of punk. All mashed together, sounds like one entertaining, angry party.
Clipping
CLPPNG


A bold leap toward making experimental hip-hop both accessible and flat out fun.
Sharon Van Etten
Are We There


you like it.
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.
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