Each month, tons of new music from many taste-spanning genres is released into a fast-consuming, unforgiving market; it can be tough to get a handle on what’s new before it’s on to the next. In an attempt to highlight the standout releases, at the end of each month, AUX staff re-cap the month in Punk, Metal, Indie/Pop/Rock, Hip Hop, Electronic, and Pop with the top five releases in each. Consider it your cheat sheet for year-end lists.
Top 5 Indie/Rock/Pop Releases: November
Rich Aucoin – We’re All Dying To Live
|We’re All Dying To Live was a project a year and a half and 500 people in the making, one that stood not only as a reward for the rooms full of people brought aboard the good ship fan at shows over that waiting period, but as a muzzle to any critics who were skeptical that Aucoin’s songwriting couldn’t match his showmanship. The Halifax singer/songwriter works well with themes, and this, only his first full-length album, sounds like its title; desperate, dramatic, yearning, simple, beautiful. It’s pop and prog and buzzing, throbbing electro. It’s youth and it’s love and death and yeah, it’s life. We’re All Dying To Live might just be the most comforting and cathartic and downright genuine album all year. (Sonic Records)|
Surprises, disappointments and tracks/albums to watch for next month
Surprises: New, PWYC Old Man Luedecke EP! It was literally a surprise. And it was a damn pleasant one.
Disappointments: Florence + the Machine’s Ceremonials. It’s good, but with the talent like Florence Welch’s, it should have been great.
Out in December: The Black Keys are putting out another album early in the month, but otherwise December’s pretttty quiet. Yes please.