The Saharan world music magicians return, West Coast synthy weird pop favorites kill a sophomore slump, and the Japanese mistresses of food drop a creepy, hotel-themed collection.
Joel Gibbs' first in five years is the best outstretched EP of the year; Laura Jane Grace is a hero of in-your-face resiliency, and the reigning queen diva of African music returns.
Lovely, lively new albums abound this month, from Peter Gabriel, Broken Bells, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and others.
Bey's surprise LP stuns, Donald Glover's sophomore is strong but obvious, and Patrick Crowley makes you wish Studio 54 was open again.
Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks Enter The Slasher House (Domino) Sounds Like: Pretty much what you’d expect from the Animal Collective alum (maybe a little less pretentious); yes, there’s ominous darkness but the pretty pop synths and beats keep it cute. Free Association: For the Williamsburg Halloween party that isn’t really about Halloween. For Fans Of: Panda Bear/Stereolab + Ariel Pink, [...]