Week four of new releases in 2014! Info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may not have heard of (but should know), with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Click here to check out releases that dropped over the past few months.
Actress, Ghettoville (Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune)
The Autumn Defense, Fifth (Yep Roc)
Bibio, The Green EP (Warp)
Experimental electro music maker Bibio presents a follow-up to last year's Silver Wilkinson, six tracks of down-tempo lo-fi prettiness. According to Bibio, "I wanted to do a follow up EP with 'Dye The Water Green' as it is my favorite track off Silver Wilkinson and I also have a lot of music in my archives that would complement the track well." Video for "Down to the Sound" below.
More releases after the jump...
Boonlorm, String Figures (Snow Dog Records / Wilde Calm)
The first project from the Brooklyn DJ/producer otherwise known as Pocketknife and Skooby Laposky; this album under the moniker Boonlorm includes “piano not piano” house music produced solely with a prepared piano and raw drum programming.
Cities Aviv, Come to Life (Young Ones)
David Crosby, Croz (Blue Castle Records)
The infamously mustached singer-songwriter and member of Crosby Stills & Nash presents his first solo studio LP in two decades. Crosby and son James Raymond co-produced and co-wrote a number of the songs together, and Crosby's regular band is joined by select guests, among them, Wynton Marsalis, Mark Knopfler, Leland Sklar and Steve Tavaglione.
Morgan Delt, Morgan Delt (Trouble in Mind)
Drowners, Drowners (French Kiss)
Reminiscent of The Strokes with a little less snottiness and a little more twinkle and upbeat kick. The indie rock/garage pop band is led by NYC-by-way-of-Wales singer-songwriter Matthew Hitt; this is their first album. Check out "Luv, Hold Me Down" below. About the track, Hitt told Spin, “It brings across this sort of jovial misery ... It’s kind of pop, like a lot of the rest of the record, but lyrically, it’s not as shiny as seems.”
Dum Dum Girls, Too True (Sub Pop)
Gangstagrass, Broken Hearts and Stolen Money (self-release)
The Gaslight Anthem, The B-Sides (Side One Dummy)
Gem Club, In Roses (Hardly Art)
Hammercult, Steelcrusher (Sonic Attack / SPV)
Hospitality, Trouble (Merge)
I Break Horses, Chiaroscuro (Bella Union/PIAS)
The Lawrence Arms, Metropole (Epitaph)
The Mast, Pleasure Island (Channel A Records)
Metallica, Through The Never DVD (Blackened Records)
Mighty Mystic, Concrete World (VP Records Music Group)
Of Mice & Men, Restoring Force (Rise)
Orthy, E.M.I.L.Y. EP (Dither Down)
The Pack A.D., Do Not Engage (Nettwerk)
Crunchy, grimy Canadian garage rock duo The Pack A.D. (made up of femme guitar and drums combo Becky Black and Maya Miller) issue a fifth full-length produced by Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Dirtbombs) and apparently recorded in a Motor City chicken-processing plant. Three-song album preview below.
Pontiak, INNOCENCE (Thrill Jockey)
Sludgy, fuzzy, hard-driving psychedelic rock trio Pontiak — Virginia brothers Jennings, Van and Lain Carney — deliver a seventh full-length album
Quilt, Held in Splendor (Mexican Summer)
Sleepy Sun, Maui Tears (Dine Alone Records)
Sun Glitters, Closer to the Sun (Mush)
Doug Tuttle, Doug Tuttle (Trouble In Mind)
Various Artists, The 78 Project: Volume 1 (78 Project)
Leif Vollebekk, North Americana (Missing Piece Records)
Wax Fang, The Astronaut (Don’t Panic Records)
A new cinematic space rock opera from the experimental/psych twosome. According to the release, it's an "ode to the wonder, the majesty, and the horror of the universe, told in three seamless movements over an intergalactic psychedelic soundscape." Check out "The Event Horizon" trailer below.