Freshly Pressed is a monthly feature highlighting interesting and noteworthy album releases.
In this month’s edition of we take a look at some seriously great can-con pickups, records that were anywhere from 4-7 years in the making, and music from a band that had a big show at the Phoenix just weeks ago.
The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams | iTunes
The Hold Steady are back with their first album since 2010’s Heaven is Whenever. The new 10 song project is filled with the gritty notes we’ve come to expect from the group. Just ahead of the release, guitarist Tad Kubler said “We’re really proud of our new record. This is an exciting time for us. Making the new record has been a journey for the band, and the results exceeded even our own expectations.” Just before their big show at the Phoenix the group stopped by our studios for a Collective Arts Black Box Session, be on the look out for that soon.
Mac Demarco – Salad Days | iTunes
Salad Days is the follow up to the 2010 record 2. Mac Demarco wanted to continue the progression of his sound but didn’t want to scare his fans by doing so. He said “I didn’t want to freak anybody out with a huge sound change. I wanted to transition without changing the vibe too much. The mood for Salad Days is, ‘Fuck man! I was just on tour for a year and a half and I’m tired!” The new, even more chill Mac Demarco is a record that should be on your “to buy” list, make sure to catch him this summer during NXNE.
Tokyo Police Club – Forcefield | iTunes
New ‘TPC’ at last! After a lengthy 4 year wait, the Newmarket turned Toronto indie rockers are back with their third record, Forcefield. From the nearly 9 minute long 3-part opening track “Argentina”, to the closing number “Feel the Effect”, these songs will be stuck in your head for days. These gentlemen also came into the studios to lay down a Collective Arts Black Box Session, keep checking back for album cut “Hot Tonight” soon.
Timber Timbre – Hot Dreams | iTunes
This record was a front runner for sexiest album of the year before it even dropped. Hot Dreams is the 5th LP to come from Timber Timbre and it picks up where Creep On Creepin’ On left off. Creepy, dark acoustic guitars fill the album with at times, haunting vocals. Plus there is enough slow jams to get you feeling, lets say… “in the mood”. You can catch them at Massey Hall Friday May 23rd.
Kevin Drew – Darlings | iTunes
If you thought the Tokyo Police Club wait was long, consider yourself lucky. The new Kevin Drew solo record was around 7 years in the making. We were given a song about “heartfelt humping” as our first glimpse of the record called “Good Sex”. From that point forward we knew that Kevin had not lost his touch – his passion comes across in every song on the LP. You can catch Kevin Drew at this years Field Trip.