Music Monday (4/4): This Week's New Albums + Videos

A Mineral Love

The British producer, known for his pastoral, folk-influenced electronica, returns with his first full-length since 2013's Silver Wilkinson. His new, sample-free album features contributions from Gotye, Olivier St. Louis and Wax Stag, and is influenced by 1970s and '80s TV themes.

Andrew Bird
Are You Serious

The latest from the singer-violinist may be his most personal outing to date. The album, which includes collaborations with Fiona Apple and Blake Mills, comes in three versions, including a deluxe edition with two bonus tracks and a box set version that adds a 5-song EP and a book.

Explosions in the Sky
The Wilderness

After a few years spent putting its highly cinematic, instrumental post rock to its most natural use—soundtracking actual films like Prince Avalanche—the Texas outfit returns in April with its seventh studio album and first since 2011.

The Field
The Follower

Swedish minimal techno master Axel Willner returns with his first Field album since 2013's Cupid's Head. The new set features six tracks, including the title cut, the result of Willner "experimenting with a lot of new recording equipment and gear."

The Last Shadow Puppets
Everything You’ve Come To Expect

Consisting of the Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner, The Rascals' Miles Kane, and Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford, the Last Shadow Puppets have reconvened to record a follow-up to their Mercury Prize-nominated 2008 debut The Age Of The Understatement. Owen Pallett again contributes string arrangements.

Pet Shop Boys

The veteran synthpop duo's most recent album, 2013's Electric, was a surprisingly strong return to club-friendly dance music. Their new set Super looks to be more of the same, with Stuart Price once again serving as producer and mixer.

Weezer (The White Album)

Weezer goes the self-released route for its fourth self-titled album and 10th LP overall. The so-called White Album includes both of last year's singles as well as the recently released tracks "King of the World" and "L.A. Girlz."

Kanye West
The Life of Pablo

Kanye West's February album (the first of what could be multiple 2016 releases) is now available on streaming services other than Tidal for the first time. The album has also been updated yet again (though not for the last time), with changes made to 12 of Pablo's 19 tracks. The album could hit #1 this week, in the process becoming the first album to do so by virtue of free streams rather than sales (of which there are almost none).

Amen & Goodbye

The Brooklyn psych-pop oddballs follow 2012's Fragrant World with this fourth album, which features an appearance by Suzzy Roche of the Roches.

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