Out This Week 10/4

Perhaps not long awaited, but certainly eagerly anticipated -- the new album by Zola Jesus follows not much more than a year since the critically acclaimed Stradilum II. The equally mysteriously named Conatus (actually, it’s a Latin term referring the “will to live”) is equally strong, and according to our Music Director, Don Yates, is full of “goth-tinged electro-pop loaded with epic, emotionally tempestuous songs laced with dark, haunting synths along with some gorgeous strings, martial rhythms and celestial backing vocals, but the most powerful instrument of all is her own dramatic, emotion-stirred voice.” Wow, right?

Also, topping this week’s list of new releases is the sophomore effort from Scottish group We Were Promised Jet Packs, whose In The Pit Of The Stomach is fueled by post-punky fervor and fury, and the also-80′s inspired S.C.U.M., who manage to make you forget their unappealing name as their moodily atmospheric songs develop “a dark, ominous sound blending shoegazerish guitars, swirling synths and Thomas Cohen’s sinister-sounding croon.” And on her fourth studio album (fifth overall), Leslie Feist, or just Feist, strips away the production sheen of her earlier work and balances intriguing sonic quirks with characteristically solid songwriting. It may be a slightly different Feist here on record, but she’s one that new and old fans will continue to recognize and love.

Other new releases worth picking up this week include the latest multigenre sample-mad mix from DJ Shadow, a new solo release from Tom Vek (who is not only DJ Shadow’s labelmate but appears as a guest on his album!), the sixth album of sweeping orchestral pop from Sweden’s Loney Dear, and the fourth from Portland’s instrumental duo Talkdemonic. And, almost as if he’s sneaking into the hen house, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy follows up a series of recent EPs with his new full-length Wolfroy Goes To Town.

Pick up all of these and the Bob Dylan-curated project, The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams -- featuring Dylan, Jack White, Lucinda Williams and a selection of country stars -- starting today in record stores near you. Get the full list from Largehearted Boy and sample some of these great new albums here:

Big Tree - This Fall (MP3)
from This New Year (self-released)

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy - Quail And Dumplings (remix) (MP3)
from Wolfroy Goes to Town on Drag City

DJ Shadow - I’m Excited (feat. Afrikan Boy)
from The Less You Know, The Better on Verve / Island

Dreamers of the Ghetto - State of a Dream (MP3)
from Enemy/Lover on Temporary Residence Ltd.

The Drift - Horizon (MP3)
from Blue Hour on Temporary Residence

Exitmusic - The Sea (MP3)
from From Silence EP on Secretly Canadian

Feist - How Come You Never Go There
from Metals on Cherrytree / Interscope

Lights - Toes
from Siberia on Last Gang Records

Loney Dear - My Heart (MP3)
from Hall Music on Polyvinyl Records

PAPA - I Am the Lion King (MP3)
from A Good Woman Is Hard to Find on Hit City U.S.A

Jesse Payne - Take Me (MP3)
from Buffalo on Capture Music

Prince Rama - Rest in Peace (MP3)
from Trust Now on Paw Tracks

S.C.U.M. - Whitechapel
from Again Into Eyes on Mute

Siskiyou - Twigs and Stones (MP3)
from Keep Away the Dead on Constellation Records

Talkdemonic - Revival (MP3)
from Ruins on Glacial Pace

Tom Vek - A Chore
from Leisure Seizure on Cooperative/Downtown/V2

We Were Promised Jet Packs - Act on Impulse (MP3)
from In The Pit Of The Stomach on FatCat Records

Craig Wedren - Cupid (MP3)
from Wand on Nerveland Recordings

Zola Jesus - Vessel (MP3)
from Conatus on Sacred Bones

Holly Williams - Blue is My Heart
from Various Artists: The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams on Columbia Records

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