While most people are bumming about the unofficial conclusion of summer, music fans are rejoicing about the imminent surge of autumnal album releases. It’s also a relief knowing that we have at least six months until we’re once again engulfed by another basic batch of “songs of summer.” So let’s indulge in the good stuff while it lasts…
In two weeks Scottish synth three-piece CHVRCHES will unleash their sophomore LP Every Open Eye, and yesterday they shared whatcould very well become its hit single. The jubilant “Clearest Blue” is a gradually built New Wave-y bumper that skyrockets with a most liberating chorus led by Lauren Mayberry’s swoon-worthy howl.
The oddest couples often make the strongest couples, and from what we’re hearing out of the Big Boi + Phantogram collab Big Grams, the combo of droning synth-pop and iconic ATL flow could be a match made in heaven. Big Grams will release their self-titled debut EP in September 25th, and it will also feature guest appearances by Run the Jewels and Skrillex.
On September 18th New Jersey heroes The Front Bottoms will release Back on Top, their first LP since joining the Fueled By Ramen fam, and this week they shared the perfect end-of-summer ballad “Summer Shandy.” Listen above and be sure to watch its accompanying, 15-minute-long video showing the guys on a wild Alaskan adventure.
As a follow-up to his mesmeric and upbeat single “Pretty Pimpin” Philly’s Kurt Vile takes us on an isolated journey through an animated world with “Life Like This.” We couldn’t be more stoked for the September 25th release of his sixth studio album b’lieve i’m goin down….
Iron & Wine purists will melt with nostalgia listening to Sam Beam’s beautiful and pacifying cover of Neil Young’s “Albuquerque.” The song will be featured on Iron & Wine’s Archive Series Volume No.2, out October 16th on Black Cricket.