It’s the first week of new releases for April! On April Fool’s Day! But none of this is a joke, don’t worry. Info and links for the releases 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 see releases from the past several weeks…
Architecture In Helsinki, NOW + 4EVA (Casual Workout)
Australia’s saccharine dance pop band delivers a follow-up to 2011's Moment Bends and fifth full-length overall.
Austrian Death Machine, Triple Brutal (Artery)
The third full-length from the metal side project of As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis. The name references Ahnold films and the vocals on the album ape his infamous accent.
Band of Skulls, Himalayan (Electric Blues Recordings/Kobalt)
English alt rock trio Band of Skulls — which hits big Guava Music Festival on May 3 — presents a third full-length album produced by Nick Launay (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arcade Fire); hard grinding debut single “Asleep At The Wheel" is a definite attention grabber (NME gushed “Like The Black Keys at their meanest, it stomps away before propelling itself into a riff of Black Sabbath standards”) while second single "Nightmares" is a slow-burner with a more shoe-gazy late '80s feel. Check out the video for the former after the jump and find out about the rest of this week's new releases...
Black Pistol Fire, Hush or Howl (Modern Outsider)
As if there weren't enough guitar-drums duos, here's another one from Austin that's already earned comparisons to White Stripes (though it's made up of two dudes). 'Course, there's something inherently charming in their raw, raucous sound and apparent exuberance. Check out first single "Dimestore Heartthrob" below.
The Body, I Shall Die Here (RVNG)
Chiodos, Devil (Razor & Tie)
Robert Cray, In My Soul (MRI)
Dan Croll, Sweet Disarray (Capitol)
Delain, The Human Contradiction (Napalm)
Mac DeMarco, Salad Days (Captured Tracks)
The Canadian singer-songwriter is a laid back dude, kind of like his lethargic rambling rock odes that, on his second full-length, still remind me of Ween. Probably why I'm automatically inclined to like him. Check out "Passing Out Pieces" below.
A.J. Ellis, Bury The Devil (Glaze Records)
The Holmes Brothers, Brotherhood (Alligator Records)
Jamaica, Ventura (Control Freak/PIAS)
The Jones Family Singers, The Spirit Speaks (Arts+Labor)
Kaiser Chiefs, Education, Education & War (ATO)
Lacuna Coil, Broken Crown Halo (Century Media)
Jon Langford & Skull Orchard, Here Be Monsters (Bloodshot)
Malachai, Beyond Ugly (Double Six / Domino).
Manchester Orchestra, Cope (Favorite Gentlemen/Loma Vista)
Nickel Creek, A Dotted Line (Nonesuch)
Nostalghia, Chrysalis (110 Records/INgrooves)
Mike Oldfield, Man On The Rocks (Mercury)
Pattern Is Movement, Pattern Is Movement (Hometapes)
Christina Perri, Head Or Heart (Atlantic)
Pure X, Angel (Fat Possum)
RAC, Strangers (Part 2) (Cherrytree/Interscope)
Saintseneca, Dark Arc (ANTI-)
The Singles, Look How Fast A Heart Can Break (Sound Artifacts)
The Los Angeles-by-way-of-Detroit rock n' roll twosome The Singles (guitarist/vocalist Vince Frederick and former Gore Gore Girls drummer Nicky Veltman) bring their T. Rex glam influence into full play in first single "Inamorata" below, though they also call on psych, blues, punk and garage and power pop sonic flavors.
Smoke DZA, Dream.ZONE.Achieve (Cinematic Music Group/Surf School Recordings/Priority Records)
Thievery Corporation, Saudade (ESL Music)
Timber Timbre, Hot Dreams (Arts & Crafts)
The Used, Imaginary Enemy (Anger Music Group/Hopeless Records)
Wild Ones, Keep It Safe (Topshelf Records)
Hank Williams III, Ramblin' Man (Curb Records)
White Hinterland, Baby (Dead Oceans)