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Listen up! Here are the best albums from May

Posted at 6:15 pm, June 1, 2014 in Music & Nightlife

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Well, it’s been a cracking month for new music . We’ve got two five-star records on our monthly countdown of the best new albums released this month, plus an emotional pop star, four seductive Swedes and a huge dose of experimental rock by some legendary New Yorkers. Get downloading!

1. The Horrors – ‘Luminous’

After their first life as screaming garage-punks and their successful reinvention as indie innovators, the London five-piece reach new heights on their fourth album. Packing a pop punch with one pointy-booted foot in sonic experimentation, ‘Luminous’ is yet another pleasant surprise… ★★★★★

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2. Owen Pallett – ‘In Conflict’

You’d think an Oscar nomination (for his work on the soundtrack to Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’) would be enough achievement for one year. But Canadian singer, violinist and composer Pallett goes for the double here, condensing complicated emotions and grandiose musical themes into sharp, sparkling melodies… ★★★★★

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3. Little Dragon – ‘Nabuma Rubberband’

They’ve been working on their sensual blend of trip hop, R&B and downbeat electronics for nearly 20 years, and finally Swedish four-piece Little Dragon have made the masterpiece that could propel them into the big time. Just don’t call it ‘effortlessly cool’… ★★★★☆

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4. Swans – ‘To Be Kind’

The New York noise rock veterans, led as ever by the granite-faced Michael Gira, have done it again. Following their immense 2012 triple album ‘The Seer’, ‘To Be Kind’ is 121 minutes of punishing, slab-like rock. It’s literally awesome… ★★★★☆

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5. Sam Smith – ‘In the Lonely Hour’

Smith broke through by singing on huge dance-pop hits by Disclosure and Naughty Boy, but his debut album finds him in a much sadder mood. It may be a bit on the mopey side, but ‘In the Lonely Hour’ is also a thoroughly classy pop album… ★★★☆☆

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Head to timeout.com/albums to check out more great music from the past month.

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