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New Music Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Bjork 1Ben FolksWilliam Shatner

Along with the usual array of established superstars — Ben Folds, Britney Spears, and Joe Jonas all have new music out today — are a host of exciting new albums from unsung musical heroes. Heart-on-sleeve ‘80s-channellers Future Islands, soul maestro Mayer Hawthorne, Swell Season vocalist Marketa Irglova, post-dubstep wunderkind James Blake, and eternal innovator Björk all have new releases available today, so there’s something for everybody this week.

Playlist Notes

  • Björk - Biophilia
    Iceland’s top musical export and experimentalist returns this week with her ambitious album, Biophilia, which started as a series of Apps for Apple devices. Seven albums in, Björk shows no signs of slowing down her innovative approach to music, and Biophilia is proof.

  • Evanescence - Evanescence
    Melodic hard-rock troupe Evanescence return this week with their third album, a self-titled testament to their longevity and perseverance as a band. Amy Lee and co. have added the harp to their musical arsenal, and they’ve split songwriting duties to make their most unified album to date.

  • James Blake - Enough Thunder
    UK post-dubstep crooner James Blake turned a lot of heads with his full-length debut earlier this year, and he’s reminding us just how well he fuses melody and beats with his studio experimentation on his new EP, Enough Thunder.

  • Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire
    Prolific singer-songwriter Ryan Adams returns with yet another gem this week, in the form of 13th album Ashes & Fire. The collection marks a return to the folk-rock roots he explored on his stunning debut, Heartbreaker, so this one is not to be overlooked.

  • William Shatner - Seeking Major Tom
    Funny-man William Shatner returns to the music world today with Seeking Major Tom, an album of covers from artists including David Bowie, Queen, and Pink Floyd. If you liked “Common People” there’s no reason to skip this one.