Studio Quality Downloads
Imagine hearing your favorite albums afresh, with every tiny nuance sharpened, every detail enhanced. That’s the experience these studio quality downloads deliver. Capturing recorded music exactly how the artist intended it to be heard, 24-bit FLAC is the optimum digital format for music lovers. Below you'll find our selection of the week's hi-res highlights, ranging from brand new releases to all-time classics, plus carefully-curated artist, genre and label spotlights.
Texan singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves has long since established herself as a serious, self-aware artist in the country arena. Indeed, her first two studio albums showcased a proclivity for wry wit and defiant, deft intelligence. This third outing is a little softer around the edges and a little poppier, with Musgraves purportedly asking herself the question, "What would it sound like if Imogen Heap made a country album?" The answer, apparently, is a sweet and gleaming record that revels in its vulnerabilities more so than its quickfire barbs - though it’s still every bit as assured as her earlier work. As Golden Hour ebbs and flows between gentle lulls and shimmery pop, it becomes obvious why Musgraves stands at the forefront of country’s revival.
It’s hard to say what exactly Arcade Fire have been listening to in the build-up to their fifth album. The Canadian indie-baroque outfit have certainly gotten poppier lately, and Everything Now feels their poppiest outing yet. Sugary, lilting brass, lithe bass and upbeat choruses, tracks go from new wave-y anthems to squelchy quasi-reggae, via a Francis Bebey sample or two. There’s even rapping from frontman Win Butler. Though tracks like 'Creature Comfort' feel more familiar territory for the group, this largely feels worlds away from the subdued grandeur of debut Funeral. However, the consistently rich instrumentation and poignant lyricism reminds you why Arcade Fire remain one of the biggest bands in the world.