Freshly Pressed is a monthly feature highlighting interesting and noteworthy album releases.
In this month’s edition, you’ll find a darkly confident new album from a lady set to play NXNE, a debut record from a trio of well known Canadians, and more. Here are 4 new albums that should be added to your music library immediately.
Mounties – Thrash Rock Legacy | iTunes
After announcing their Canadian supergroup, made of Hot Hot Heat’s Steve Bays, Limblifter’s Ryan Dahle, and well known singer-songwriter Hawksley Workman, there was intrigue surrounding their debut album. Trash Rock Legacy is a 14 track record filled with different sounds, but the opening cut “Pretty Respectable”, gives you a good idea as to what’s to come. With three very distinct voices on the LP, it’s easy to think things could get muddled but they find a nice balance throughout the course of album. Catch them April 5th at Lee’s Palace with The Zolas!
Phantogram – Voices | iTunes
Maybe you caught them rip through the new record at the Mod Club on March 1st, but if not, it’s even more reason to give Voices a listen. The 11 song sophomore album came out on February 18th and is full of what we’ve come to expect from the New York duo; energetic synth pop goodness. Sarah and Josh have honed in on the sound they started to build with their debut record Eyelid Movies, and have continued to make it their own. Alternative Press rated the record 4.5/5 saying that they have really “pulled away from the pack” with this LP.
Beck – Morning Phase | iTunes
We were teased with brief clips of live performances and snippets from Beck’s long anticipated 12th studio album, but at last it’s finally here. Morning Phase is comparable to his 2002 LP Sea Change; a slower acoustic sound with enough emotion to maybe have you shedding a couple tears. The 13 song effort will both satisfy the need of any Beck fan and help to continue to expand his ever growing following. Catch him play some new tunes live at The Sony Centre June 27th.
St. Vincent – St. Vincent | iTunes
The self-titled record is the 4th to come from St. Vincent and was released on February 24th to critical acclaim. The album debuted on the Billboard chart at #12, making it her highest chart position yet. She released two singles, “Digital Witness” and “Birth in Reverse”, to give you a taste of what to expect. The album continues with her dark yet charming themes. Soft and sometimes haunting vocals and pained lyrics that do nothing but draw you in more and more. The reviews are in and it’s hard to find a single bad word about the it. She’ll be here for NXNE, make sure to grab a wrist band so you don’t miss out.