Happy New Year, all! While this week’s list of new album releases is still a bit shorter than we’re used to at other times of year, they still represent a light at the end of the holiday hiatus tunnel.

Be sure to check out these albums by artists who just couldn’t wait to release new music in 2014, and let me know in the comments if I missed one of this week’s notable releases.

Blow Up Hollywood – Blue Sky Blond
Ambient pop-rock collective helmed by Steve Messina releases the most direct and vulnerable album of their twelve-year-long career.

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John Newman – Tribute
UK singer, songwriter, and producer’s debut full-length gets a US release via Republic Records today, with a sold-out show at El Rey Theatre set for January 15th.


Kid Ink – My Own Lane
After releasing a critically-acclaimed EP and supporting Kendrick Lamar on his good kid, m.A.A.d city world tour in 2013, Kid Ink offers up his debut full-length today via Tha Alumni Music Group/88 Classic/RCA Records.

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Peter Gabriel – And I’ll Scratch Yours
The anticipated follow-up to 2010’s Scratch My Back sees its release today, concluding a series of song exchanges in which Gabriel and other leading artists, including Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, and Paul Simon, reinterpret each other’s songs.

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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Wig Out At Jagbags
Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus’ current project releases its sixth studio album today via Matador Records.