2014 keeps getting stronger. october continued this year’s practice of churning out incredibly well-made albums, eps, and singles at an alarming rate, and shows no signs of easing off the gas. as is customary, we’ll start with new albums and eps of note before moving through this month’s best new tracks and videos.
october 7th: caribou – our love
october 14th: kindness – otherness
october 21st: jessie ware – tough love
october 28th: field division – reverie state
the textures dan snaith created on his latest album as caribou are virtually unparalleled; among his contemporaries, snaith rides comfortably ahead of the pack, and our love might just be his finest effort to date. on an opposing end of the spectrum is iceage and their third album, plowing into the field of love. seeming to harbor a distinct nick cave influence, field of love finds the copenhagen punks shedding some of their grit but retaining their gravity as they explore new tempos and textures. the end of october packed a similar punch, with site favorites field division unveiling their bucolic debut ep and orchid tapes affiliate mister lies releasing his stunning, meticulously-crafted full-length shadow. liz harris closes out the month with her sparse, poignant new album as grouper; ruins explores the sheer amount of power harris’ voice and a piano can command, and is the perfect record if you prefer to be alone at night this halloween.
alunageorge started october out with a new song called “supernatural,” ostensibly off of their impending sophomore album, but the month’s course wasn’t charted in any particular direction. minneapolis quartet carroll offered up “boxing day,” the second single from their upcoming debut effort, retaining that singular midwestern charm throughout four minutes of trebly guitars and woozy synthesizers, while communions contributed to indelible slices of danish post-punk. we premiered a track from the french horn-wielding synth-poppers england in 1819, and chvrches have lent two new songs to separate film soundtracks to serve as a stopgap while they prep their second full length. all in all, not a bad showing.
rounding out the month was an excellent stand-alone experimental track from foxes in fiction, a polarizing vince staples music video, and the announcement of panda bear meets the grim reaper, noah lennox’s follow-up to 2011’s tomboy. that announcement came complete with a placeholder ep entitled mr. noah and a music video to accompany its title track, which is something worth checking out. november promises new albums from ariel pink, tv on the radio, and les sins along with an expansive reissue of bedhead’s entire catalogue. stop back this time next month for a complete rundown and host of hyperlinks.