Mac DeMarco's fourth studio album is a mini-LP of eight songs that satisfy your curiosity yet leaves you wanting more. The Canadian musician has now relocated to Queens, N.Y., and perhaps the location change is apparent in some of his arrangements.
Lianne La Havas's second album could be the release that brings her serious fame. The singer has power, strength and control of her voice -- a skill set that may establish her as a defining voice in the music world.
Jason Isbell's follow-up to his iconic 'Southeastern' album, 'Something More Than Free' is a quiet record, with ample room for self-reflection, with vivid character studies and moments of insight. The music allows for contemplation while showcasing Isbell's talent as a songwriter.
The second full-length album from Iceland's Of Monsters and Men projects the experience of a band who have matured together, and it also benefits from the band's decision to return to their unique culture to create an album that is truly from their hearts.
On his fourth full-length release, singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man on Earth, sheds the folky tropes that once earned him the sobriquet 'Swedish Bob Dylan'. On 'Dark Bird is Home', Matsson opts to work with a richer palette, both sonically and thematically.
There's nothing new in rock music, but it can always be done better. Django Django do it better on 'Born Under Saturn', creating a collection of songs that are catchy, inventive, danceable and psychedelic.