Start the month of November off on the right foot by filling your playlists with new tunes, courtesy of our New Release Roundup or reviews of some of the top releases this week. Give it a read to catch up on what’s new and notable, as well as a few things you might have missed. Then be sure to check out our Recently Reviewed section for many more.
Neil Young leads the charge this week with an ambitious new recording project in Storytone. The collection of ten new songs is presented in two different ways: one recorded solo, and the other recorded with a full orchestra and choir. Read our review to find out how Young’s juxtaposition of “vulnerability and grandeur” fared on his new release.
Known for his high-profile production work for the likes of Kanye West and FKA twigs, 24-year-old Venezuelan producer Arca continues to challenge listeners on his debut full-length, Xen. Seemingly uninterested in creating a cohesive record, he opts instead to focus on “each alien, puzzling, substantial sound and its (often) tense relationship to the next.”
In what has been a busy couple of months for Warp Records with new records from Flying Lotus and Aphex Twin, the eponymous release from Clark should not go overlooked. Recorded over a period of four months in a barn outside a secluded English village, feelings of isolation have a sizeable influence on the sonics of the self-titled effort. On top of the “harrowing tones and zeniths of coarse techno,” our reviewer says the record is an incredibly rewarding listen designed to be consumed with no distractions.
Known primarily for his work under the name Toro Y Moi, Chaz Bundick has released a solo record for his side-project Les Sins. Completely abandoning any semblance of chillwave, the debut doesn’t fail in revealing “a freer, all-embracing and, quite frankly, supremely more fun Bundick.”
Though Halifax producer Ryan Hemsworth has been busy touring 2013’s Guilt Trips, he somehow still found time to record and release a sophomore record, Alone for the First Time. On the opposite coast, San Francisco quartet Deerhoof have returned to the “raw materials of their idiosyncratic sound” to create musical moments that our reviewer describes as “impossibly catchy” on La Isla Bonita. Finally, Alex Zhang Hungtai is bringing his work as Dirty Beaches to a close with reportedly final album Stateless.
Find some tracks from the albums reviewed above and lots more on our Rdio Genre Playlists: