Freshly Pressed is a monthly feature highlighting interesting and noteworthy album releases.
In this month’s edition, we get the debut record from a huge name in the British indie pop scene, a strangely pleasing release from a Calgarian and a new LP from a duo out of Akron, Ohio. Take a look at the records that just made it into stores and update your music library accordingly.
Damon Albarn – Every Day Robots | iTunes
After years of making music with Blur and Gorillaz, it was time for Damon Albarn to dip into the solo music scene. Everyday Robots is the debut record to come the British indie-pop mogul and he made sure to cover all the genre bases on it. You can go from a sad slow acoustic number to a relaxed ukulele number that would make Tiny Tim smile.
Chromeo – White Women | iTunes
Almost four years have past but the Montreal turned New York dance duo Chromeo have not lost their touch. The new record White Women is officially out and they seem to balance their dance anthems with a more emotive side as well. They’re “cool” personas are matched with a sense vulnerability which you can hear on songs like “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” and “Over Your Shoulder”.
Chad VanGaalen – Shrink Dust | iTunes
Calgary singer-songwriter Chad VanGaalen stopped making videos for other artists long enough to make his new Shrink Dust. If his strangely pleasing abstract art could make music this is what it would sound like. It’s a confident yet bizzare, junk-pop record that is very easy to love.
Teenage Kicks – Spoils of Youth | iTunes
The song-writing process was a lot different for Spoils of Youth compared to its predecessor. The band shifted from a 4 piece to just the two brothers, Peter and Jeff van Helvoort. It’s stripped down, it’s raw and the mood of the record seems to be that of a band with something to prove. What ever it was, they proved it.
Pixies – Indie Cindy | iTunes
The Pixies released their first album in over twenty years on April 29th. What we didn’t know is that Indie Cindy would just be a compilation of the three EPs the band had released in the previous couple of months. Crunchy tunes like “Blue Eyed Hexe” and “What Goes Boom” which we had already received as singles are what fill the record. If you skipped out on listening to the EPs in hopes of a new full length, it’s your one-stop-shop to get all caught up.
Lykke Li – I Never Learn | iTunes
Part 3 of what Lykke Li calls her trilogy of albums, I Never Learn is a record exploding with emotion and heartbreak. Whether its a simple synth riff or acoustic strum, her soft swooning vocals are ready to fill a booming, passionate chorus.
Owen Pallett – In Conflict | iTunes
Workhorse Owen Pallett took some time from helping out what seems like every other musician in the industry to release In Conflict. Working with the Czech FILMharmonic Orchestra and Brian Eno, the record is layered and sounds large but still Pallett’s voice shines through.
The Black Keys – Turn Blue | iTunes
The follow up to 2011’s El Camino, The Black Keys have returned with another record that will be filling radio signals all over the world. Their sound continues to get bigger and bigger, adding many different layers, yet you can still hear the steady beat keeping of Pat Carney, and the unique voice of Dan Auerbach at the forefront.
Pink Mountaintops – Get Back | iTunes
The first record to come from Pink Mountaintops since 2009, Get Back has singer Stephen Mcbean sorting through many different styles.
Guided By Voices – Cool Planet | iTunes
Guided By Voices doing what they do best, short, punchy songs that will get stuck in your head for days to come. This record comes just after Motivational Jumpsuit was released in February.
The Menzingers – Rented World | iTunes
Pennsylvanian punk rockers The Menzingers released Rented World on April 22nd. It’s a thrashy record that will make you want to be at their show screaming lyrics right back at them.
Afghan Whigs – Do to the Beast | iTunes
Afghan Whigs create a sense of suspense before chaotic choruses that hit you like a ton of bricks. Singer Greg Dulli fills Do to the Beast with more angst ridden tracks that we’ve come to expect from the group.
Odonis Odonis – Hard Boiled Soft Boiled | iTunes
The shoegazey new record from Toronto’s Odonis Odonis was released on April 14th, through Buzz Records. The title says it all kicking off with a brutish and crunching first half, it gently transforms into softer territory.
Woods – With Light and With Love | iTunes
Lo-Fi folk band Woods continue to charm but in a different way on With Light and With Love. Slick production helps the group dip into new waters and showcases the group’s versatility.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Days of Abandon | iTunes
The indie pop rockers return with their new album Days of Abandon. It was produced by Andy Savours who had previously worked with bands like My Bloody Valentines, Sigur Ros and The Kills. It’s the follow-up to their 2011 release Belong.
tUnE-yArDs – Nikki Nack | iTunes
Three years have passed since their critically acclaimed record w h o k i l l was released and it looks like tUnE-yArDs will be a repeat offender. Merill Garbus chose producer John Hill who has worked with M.I.A. and Rihanna to help out on this album.