Coin Locker Kid – Traumnovelle

Previously mentioned Coin Locker Kid has one of the most unorthodox approaches to hip hop that I’ve heard in the past few years. I didn’t love the last full-length I heard from him, but I still left puzzled by his odd rhymes, stories, and instrumentals.

There’s a clear hip hop influence running throughout his music, but electronic and experimental music guide a lot of the compositions on this new project as well. The title of this thing: Traumnovelle. It’s available now via Already Dead Tapes, and you can purchase this album via cassette here.

The Bug – Angels & Devils

The Bug delivers a new album that reads more like two decent EPs.

Blonde Redhead – Barragán

While some tracks on this surprisingly minimal Blonde Redhead album are great, others feel like the famed indie pop trio just isn’t trying, like, at all.

Opeth – Pale Communion

Opeth serves up another piece of progressive rock nostalgia.

Kevin Drumm / Jason Lescalleet – The Abyss

OK, I want to give a quick shout-out to this latest collaboration between seasoned electro-acoustic/drone/avant-garde/whatever artists Kevin Drumm and Jason Lescalleet - with The Abyss, they have turned out what is without question one of the darkest, most abject musical works I’ve ever heard. I don’t have anything intelligent to say about it – go to TMT for that shit – but if you’re looking for the murkiest of “mood albums,” I can’t recommend this thing enough. Admittedly, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to take excerpts from a project so atmospheric, but in case anyone’s feeling curious or brave, find a 9-minute snippet from the 50-minute-long closer above and the decidedly more eventful “Anger Alert” below. Godspeed!

The Abyss is out now via Erstwhile Records.

Code Orange – I Am King

While Code Orange’s latest album might feature producer Kurt Ballou’s most crushing production yet, the band hasn’t done much to advance their writing or songcraft.

Zammuto – Anchor

Nick Zammuto follows his self-titled 2012 album up with a more subtle winter record.

Ty Segall – Manipulator

Ty Segall’s latest album is one of his most methodically assembled releases yet.

Rustie – Green Language

From shrill synths to lackluster vocal guests, the new Rustie album does little to live up to its predecessor.

Raury – Indigo Child

Raury’s Indigo Child fuses hip hop and pop-flavored indie folk in the blandest way possible.