Friday, October 21, 2022

First Listen: New Releases for 14 October 2022

Artist: GIFT
Album: Momentary Presence
Quick Thoughts: A psychy, fuzzy affair that stood out in the early goings this week. This debut checks a lot of specific indie boxes for me, and the result is a truly interesting effort. A great listen, and one worth the time in a busy week.
Songs of Note: "Gumball Garden," "Pez"

Artist: Plains
Album: I Walked With You a Ways
Quick Thoughts: Plains is a new roots project from Jess Williamson and Katie Crutchfield/Waxahatchee, and it's great. It's an honest homage to Americana without feeling overdone, and if you didn't know the personalities aligned with this you'd probably think Plains is the Next Big Thing. Don't miss out on this one, it's absolutely one of the best of the week.
Songs of Note: "Summer Sun," "Problem With It," "No Record of Wrongs"

Artist: PVA
Album: BLUSH
Quick Thoughts: I can't say I knew who PVA was prior to this week, but this album certainly made me pay attention. It's got a retro feel, but with some modern flair, and has hints of Depeche Mode and 80s industrial to go along with its often-raw instrumentation. I loved this. I know it won't work for everyone, but man, this was a good time.
Songs of Note: "Bunker," "Kim," "Hero Man," "Bad Dad"

Artist: Lucrecia Dalt
Album: ¡Ay!
Quick Thoughts: A strange sci-fi concept record that ends up being one of the most gorgeous listens of the week, this is an album that needs to be experienced in full to really appreciate how great it is. This is a beautiful, stark, wonderful affair that I can't wait to get to back to.
Songs of Note: "Atemporal," "Contenida"

Artist: Denitia
Album: Highways
Quick Thoughts: I wanted to highlight this one as another rootsy-style record, but the first two songs made me immediately text Ken and tell him to check it out. It's a solid record and deserves a look in a busy week.
Songs of Note: "Highways," "All the Sweet Tea," "The Good Times"

Artist: Tove Lo
Album: Dirt Femme
Quick Thoughts: Tove Lo is consistently underrated as a pop star, and her latest, Dirt Femme, does a great job of reminding me how much I love her music and how accessible her sound is. If you're not on the bandwagon yet and you have a taste for pop music, check this out.
Songs of Note: "Suburbia," "2 Die 4," "Pineapple Slice," "Kick in the Head"

Artist: Pit Pony
Album: World To Me
Quick Thoughts: I didn't know Pit Pony before this week, either, and this is a very loud, in your face, rocking affair. I recommend just listening to "Tide of Doubt" and if you're not bowled over by this listen, I'm not sure what else to tell you. A great blast of rock in a busy week.
Songs of Note: "Tide of Doubt," "Wish You Would," "Supermarket," "Profit"

Of note:

* The Big Moon - Here is Everything (A lot of lovely moments in this one - don't sleep on "Suckerpunch.")
* Mightmare - Cruel Liars (Sarah Shook alt-rock project with some truly rocking songs here.)
* Enumclaw - Save the Baby (Sneaky good.)
* Bill Callahan - YTI⅃AƎЯ
* Charlotte Dos Santos - Morfo
* A.O. Gerber - Meet Me at the Gloaming
* Skullcrusher - Quiet the Room
* Wild Pink - ILYSM
* Sylvie - Sylvie

* Chloe Moriondo - SUCKERPUNCH
* Merely - Sculpture
* How to Be Dead - Inersophobia: The Fear That Everything Will Stay Exactly the Same
* Konduku - Mantis 0910
* Alela Diane - Looking Glass
* San Lorenz - A Death at Sea
* Holy Now - Dream of Me
* Palm - Nicks and Grazes
* Winter - What Kind of Blue Are You?
* Julianna Riolino - All Blue
* Chorusgirl - Collapso Calypso
* King Mala - honey catching season
* Eliza Edens - We'll Become the Flowers
* BATTS - The Nightline
* Rachel Dadd - Kaliedoscope
* Field Medic - grow your hair long if you're wanting to see something that you can change
* Like Rahbek and Frederick Valentin - Together
* DIVES - Wanna Take You There
* The Stargazer Lillies - Cosmic Tidal Wave
* ALASKALASKA - Still Life
* Ill Move Sporadic and Tenchoo - Chaos Black
* adults - for everything, always
* The Bug Club - Green Dream in F#
* Brad Marino - Basement Beat
* Zella Day - Sunday in Heaven
* Julia Sabra and Fadi Tabbal - Snakeskin
* L.A. Salami - Ottoline
* Sweet Teeth - High Anxiety
* Sara Parkman - Eros Agape Philia
* Edith Judith - Bones and Structure


* Already Dead - My Collar is Blue
* Alexia Avina - Crush EP
* Darren Hayman - You Will Not Die, Pt. 2
* The Natural Lines - First Five
* Hovvdy - billboard for my feelings
* Poppy - Stagger
* Justice - Planisphere
* Fazerdaze - Break!
* SJEL and Damned Anthem - Undercover
* clipping. - REMXNG 2.4

Live albums/Compilations/Reissues:

* Florence + the Machine - Dance Fever (Live at Madison Square Garden)
* Noisia - The Resonance IV

Also out:

* OneShotAce - Big Pressure
* Rival Consoles - Now Is
* Black Lips - Apocalypse Love
* Meat Wave - Malign Hex

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