Friday the 13th is usually a little scary, but don’t worry, we’ve got New Music Friday to make it all better. There are some super unique albums this week, tell us on Twitter what your favorite is!
Collections of Colonies of Bees – HAWAII
One of the most interesting new releases I’ve had the pleasure of hearing. It’s not pop, it’s not electronic, it’s not glitch, it’s not indie rock, but… it is. It’s definitely experimental, every song somehow grabs onto your emotions and it feels so right.
Favorite tracks: “Killerers” & “Ruins”
Eliza Gilkyson – Secularia
Haunting Americana has never sounded better. It’s strange; on one side of the album, it sounds sad, but the more you listen, it sounds like that’s exactly where her strength lies, and she’s working through it. Beautiful record from start to finish and comes in at just under an hour.
Favorite tracks: “Lifelines” & “In the Name of the Lord”
The Ophelias – Almost
30 minutes and 10 songs that are quick, punchy, and ready to break your heart. The entire record floats into your ears like a dream mixed with violin and lyrics that will remind you of every relationship you’ve had that just didn’t work.
Favorite tracks: “General Electric” & “O Command”
Chelsea Grin – Eternal Nightmare
Prepare your ears for a relentless barrage of drums and vocals that could wake the dead. This is the death metal that we deserve. Listening to it, it sounds like the entire band was possessed by the devil and they wouldn’t want it any other way. Then again, neither would we.
Favorite tracks: “See You Soon” & “The Wolf”
Save Face – Merci
No, no, thank you. The first track, “Merci,” isn’t the punky emo I was expecting, but everything after that 40 seconds is gold. If you’ve ever been in a relationship this one will hit you right in the feels, and the story arc of the album is something to tip a hat to.
Favorite tracks: “Bad” & “Mercy”
Chastity – Death Lust
Mmm! From the first song you know exactly what you’re getting into on this one. It’s crunchy, it’s psychedelic, and it’s ’90s rock with a bit of a harder edge. At points, it teeters on metal, and, at others, it’s emo, but it’s pure and all ten tracks are on point.
Favorite tracks: “Scary” & “Innocence”
Bjørn Torske – Byen
Bjørn’s middle name could be “Chill,” because this album is oh so chill. Most songs hover around the eight minute mark, and while you could definitely dance to them, they’re perfect for just relaxing and letting the vibe take over. The backbone of the album is disco, and you can’t help but groove to it.
Favorite tracks: “Clean Air” & “Night Call”
Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
These guys have answered the question of if a metal album can be delicate and brutal at the same time with a resounding, YES. In no way is this run-of-the-mill metal. Even the first piece is gorgeous piano that somehow puts guttural vocals throughout.
Favorite tracks: “You Without End” & “Canary Yellow”
See you next week music lovers!