Essential Full-Length Releases
Cat’s Eyes - Treasure House
After the release of their excellent self-titled debut album in 2011, it seemed Faris Badwan had forgotten about his side project with Rachel Zeffira. In the time since, he refocused on his main band, The Horrors, and released two albums with them. Last year, the duo released a soundtrack for the film The Duke of Burgundy. That seemed to bring them back to life; just over a year after the soundtrack, they're back again with their sophomore album.
The Kills - Ash & Ice
I thought The Kills had been forgotten by their members as well. Their last album was Blood Pressures, released in 2011. Following that album, vocalist Alison Mosshart returned to her side project, The Dead Weather, and released Dodge & Burn last year. Not long after, she got back with Jamie Hince for The Kills' fifth album; two welcome returns in two years!
Watch: "Siberian Nights"
Watch: "Heart of a Dog"
Ladyhawke - Wild Things
Ladyhawke's Pip Brown has been performing for 15 years, but has taken time between each album's release; with only three over her career. Her last record was 2012's Anxiety. Her third album doesn't follow four years of idleness for the artist. She had recorded a collection of darker songs, but felt it didn't reflect her. She went back to the drawing board with producer Tommy English to lighten things up.
Watch: "A Love Song"
Watch: "Sweet Fascination"
Paul Simon - Stranger to Stranger
Paul Simon has been at it for almost six decades and has never shown any signs of slowing down. His latest follows 2011's So Beautiful or So What. The album sees Simon experimenting a bit; using new tools and working with new collaborators. He recorded three songs on the record with Italian electronic producer Clap! Clap! Not many artists in their 70s are willing to try something new, but Simon's willingness to experiment earned him another acclaimed record.
Listen: "Cool Papa Bell"
Tegan and Sara - Love You to Death
Following an 18-year career, Tegan and Sara scored their highest-charting album with Heartthrob in 2013. Now, they are in the unenviable position of following that up. They do so by proving that they can still produce some of the greatest pop songs of this generation. With an obvious call-back to 80s synthpop on many of the album's tracks, they even manage to make a sometimes grating style of music appealing!
Other Full-Length Releases
Amber Arcades - Fading Lines
Watch: "Right Now"
Watch: "Fading Lines"
And the Kids - Friends Share Lovers
Listen: "Kick Rocks"
Listen: "Friends Share Lovers"
Classixx - Faraway Reach
Watch: "Whatever I Want" (featuring T-Pain)
Listen: "Just Let Go" (featuring How to Dress Well)
Erin Tobey - Middlemaze
Listen: "Work it Out"
Listen: "All Over the World"
Fear of Men - Fall Forever
Kino Kimino - Bait Is for Sissies
Watch: "Rosy Rudiger"
Minor Victories - Minor Victories
Watch: "Breaking My Light"
Watch: "Scattered Ashes (Song for Richard)"
Moonface & Siinai - My Best Human Face
Watch: "Risto’s Riff"
Listen: "Them Call Themselves Old Punks"
Mourn - Ha, Ha, He.
Listen: "Evil Dead"
Psychic Ills - Inner Journey Out
Listen: "Another Change"
Listen: "I Don’t Mind" (featuring Hope Sandoval)
Saqqara Mastabas - Libras
Listen: "Uto on the Upswing"
Listen: "Smoking in the Mountain, Embalming in the Valley"
Steve Gunn - Eyes on the Line
Watch: "Park Bench Smile"
Watch: "Ancient Jules"
Whitney - Light Upon the Lake
Watch: "Golden Days"
Watch: "No Woman"
William Tyler - Modern Country
Listen: "Kingdom of Jones"
Listen: "Sunken Garden"
Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.
Bishop Nehru - Magic 19
Watch: "It’s Whateva"
Listen: "$acred Visions"
Charge It to the Game - Urban Hall of Fame
Watch: "Bite Me" (featuring Hemlock Ernst)
David Bowie - A Reality Tour Reissue
Watch: "Rebel Rebel"
Mac Miller - Best Day Ever Reissue
Watch: "Best Day Ever"
Watch: "Senior Skip Day"
Madeline Kenney - Signals
Watch: "Tricky Way"
Me Before You: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Listen: Jessie Ware - "Till the End"
Listen: Imagine Dragons - "Not Today"
Naomi Pilgrim - Sink Like a Stone
Watch: "No Gun"
Listen: "I Wonder"
Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn Reissue
Listen: "Astronomy Domine"
Listen: "Lucifer Sam"
Pink Floyd - A Saucerful of Secrets Reissue
Listen: "A Saucerful of Secrets"
Listen: "Let There Be More Light"
Pink Floyd - More Reissue
Listen: "Cirrus Minor"
Listen: "The Nile Song"
Pink Floyd - Ummagumma Reissue
Listen: "Careful with That Axe, Eugene"
Listen: "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun"
Listen: Bonnie “Prince” Billy - "Most People"
Listen: Jenny Lysander - "The Horn Still Blows"
Songs of Summer
Listen: The Mountain Goats - "Summer"
Listen: Baio - "Don’t Fight Fate"
Speedy Ortiz - Foiled Again
Listen: "Death Note"
Listen: "Emma O"
Vic Mensa - There’s a Lot Going On
Watch: "There’s a Lot Going On"