Brand New Music
Vampire Weekend | Father of the Bride
This album really depends on your mood. There’s songs that potential listeners would happily be rid of in order to have a more streamlined approach. But if given close to an hour to engross yourself in all 18 tracks, you’ll be rewarded with a larger tapestry that is much more vibrant that had you skipped tracks. Giddy, jovial, inviting and fully removed from the burdens of their past, Vampire Weekend lets it all go in an album that is joyous and fearless all at once.
Big Thief | U.F.O.F.
When you have an audience that is so dedicated to your work and completely along for the ride, it creates a freedom and goodwill that grants real creative freedom. Big Thief’s indie-folk sound remains their bread and butter, but on U.F.O.F. we find a group that has mastered studio wizardry. Soothing, soft and completely nostalgic you don’t come away from this album feeling downcast, but instead with a deeper appreciation of how beautiful and fleeting life is – and an appeal to make the most of it while you can.
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes | End Suffering
Honest, blunt and and tackling personal demons, their third album End of Suffering is a cohesive blend of an album made for radio airplay and their old audience. Some might call it a bit of a sell-out record, but it sounds like a group trying to up-scale their venue to a more stadium ready sound – which isn’t bad at all. Still the same old Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, repacked so everybody can enjoy.
Barrie | Happy to Be Here
ALASKALASKA | The Dots
Pile | Green and Gray