Cameron AveryRipe Deams, Pipe Dreams (Spinning Top/Anti-)

Having worked his magic as part of Tame Impala, Pond and The Growl, Cameron Avery’s solo debut carves a new path with gospel and soul-infused rock. It’s his powerful vocals that really sell this release, kicking off with Do You Know Me By Heart, where “Avery's breathy yearning unfold over a waltzing, dark dance hall atmosphere and trilling motifs”.

We gave it four-and-a-half stars and our Album Of The Week.

Laura Marling – Semper Femina (More Alarming Records/Kobalt)

It’s hard to pinpoint which direction Laura Marling is heading with the release of Semper Femina – as she steps back from the noisier and rockier sounds of Short Movie but not really returning to her acoustic roots. “Really, it's just a little bit weirder,” our reviewer said, which “gives the album a unique personality and speaks to an increasingly intriguing future for Marling”.

We gave it three-and-a-half stars.

The ShinsHeartworms (Aural Apothecary/Sony)

Heartworms blends bursts of youthful energy with “an almost quintessential 'adult contemporary' sound; lyrically rich yet musically safe pop”. With more density to their sound and a slower feel overall, the album is “less innocent than The Shins we're used to, they make it no less enjoyable.”

We gave it four stars.

and the rest of the releases…

A Ghost OrchestraBlood (Firestarter)

BushBlack And White Rainbows (Caroline)

Buzzcocks Buzzcocks (mk.1) Box (Domino/EMI)

Circa WavesDifferent Creatures (Dew Process/Universal)

CohenbeatsDaily Affirmations (Stone Throw/Inertia)

Colin HayFierce Mercy (Sony)

Dada OnoGranny Loves Smith (Independent)

Domini ForsterRaven (Independent)

EvocationThe Shadow Archetype (Metal Blade Records/Rocket)

Fink Fink’s Sunday Night Blues Club Volume 1 (R’COUP’D/Interia)

Greg GraffinMillport (Anti-/Warner)

HavokConformicide (Century Media)

Hurray For The Riff RaffThe Navigator (ATO/[PIAS] Australia)

Jacques GreeneFeel Infinite (LuckyMe/Inertia)

Kelly DanceWild Grass (Broken Stone Records/Remote Control)

Mama K & The Big LoveBlind (Independent)

Marty StuartWay Out West (Superlatone/Cooking Vinyl)

Nathan FakeProvidence (Ninja Tune/Inertia)

Nova CollectiveThe Further Side (Metal Blade Records/Rocket)

Omar Rodriquez-LopezAzul, Mis Dientes (Ipecac/[PIAS] Australia)

Outside The AcademySecond-Guessing (Independent)

Pirra Animal Kingdom (Independent)

Porter RayWatercolor (Sub Pop)

Roland Kay-Smith - As Cool As They Come (Independent)

Roland TingsEach Moment A Diamond (Sony)

Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverThe French Press (Ivy League/Liberation)

Shobaleader OneElektac (Warp/Inertia)

sirWasDigging A Tunnel (City Slang)

The FloorsBeat It Down (Beast)

The PicturebooksHome Is A Heartache (Another Century)

Valerie JuneThe Order Of Time (Concord/Caroline)