Tuesday, October 10, 2023

First Listen: New Releases for 6 October 2023

Artist: Tele Novella
Album: Poet's Tooth
Quick Thoughts: Tele Novella describes their music on Spotify as "coin-operated medieval country songs through a 1950s western lens," and I can't find a better way to describe the entire package here. It's a soft, familiar listen with highlights throughout, and with a perspective and aesthetic that feels pure and authentic. This was a great listen this week, and comes highly recommended.
Songs of Note: "Young & Free," "Hard-Hearted Way," "The Unicorn," "Changeless Kingdom," "Poet's Tooth"

Artist: Family Obligation
Album: Grow Up
Quick Thoughts: I don't know how I tripped up on "Black Hole" a few weeks back, but this sort of indie pop-punk warms my heart and Family Obligation is amazing at it. Hooks for days, it's noisy and melodic with a little attitude and a lot of fun. This band has largely flown under the radar so far, but deserves to be huge, and this album absolutely deserves a spot in your rotation.
Songs of Note: "Black Hole," "The Feedback," "Ride," "This Mind"

Artist: Dorian Electra
Album: Fanfare
Quick Thoughts: A good week for the hyperpop lovers, between this and Hannah Diamond. Dorian Electra's androgynous musical efforts get more and more layered and complex with each release, and Fanfare leans on classical, on samples, on all sorts of interesting and memorable tracks. While Electra's music can be an acquired taste, there's more than enough here to hook even those who haven't connected with this genre yet. I loved this, and you should give it a try.
Songs of Note: "Symphony," "Freak Mode," "Sodom & Gomorrah," "Manmade Horrors," "anon," "Lifetime"

Artist: Hello June
Album: Artifacts
Quick Thoughts: Ken sent this over to me, and if I heard Hello June before, I couldn't remember. I wish I had, though, because this is great roots music from an underappreciated artist. "23" locked itself in my head all weekend, but each song feels authentic and unique all at once, and deserves your time. One of the best of recent weeks.
Songs of Note: "Sometimes," "23," "No Easy Answer," "California"

Artist: Tea Eater
Album: Obsession
Quick Thoughts: I wanted to give a shout-out to Tea Eater, which is another indie pop-punk act with a little more edge to it. Some of the songs are crazy short, others crazy great, but this is an album that surprised me this week and will likely surprise you, too.
Songs of Note: "Double," "Fuck the DMV," "The Taste"

Of note:

* Sufjan Stevens - Javelin (Arguably his best since Illinois.)
* The Anchoress - Versions (A solid covers album.)
* Butcher Brown - Solar Music (A great jazz-hop record.)
* Brass Against - Brass Against V
* Jason Hawk Harris - Thin Places
* White Poppy - Sound of Blue
* Get Jealous - Casually Causing Heartbreaks
* Sven Wunder - Late Again
* KANGA - Under Glass
* Best Ex - With a Smile
* Lukid - Tilt
* Lung/Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends - Adult Prom
* Timber Timbre - Lovage
* The Rural Alberta Advantage - The Rise and The Fall
* Mary Lattimore - Goodbye, Hotel Arkada
* David August - VIS
* Aho Ssan - Rhizomes
* Hannah Diamond - Perfect Picture
* Hania Rani - Ghosts
* Descartes A Kant - After Destruction
* Tre Burt - Traffic Fiction
* Glasser - Crux
* Call Super - Eulo Cramps
* No Nations - Mystical Valley Parkway
* Trith Club - Running From the Chase
* Elcamino and the Black Soprano Family - They Spit on Jesus
* GENN - unum
* Pons - The Liquid Self
* Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers - I Love You
* Pangaea - Changing Channels
* Mansions - Tuff Luff
* Mndsgn - Snaxx
* Jolie Holland - Haunted Mountain


* Kara Delik - Singularities III
* Bummer Camp - Big Deal
* fanclubwallet - Small Songs, Vol.1
* She's In Parties - End Scene
* Lando Chill and The Lasso - CASTING SPELLS
* Georgia Gets By - Fish Bird Baby Boy
* Kiss Facility - Esoteric
* heka - swan songs
* Namasenda - Ambrosia
* Polo & Pan - Carrossel Do Tempo
* Mall Grab - Rascal

Live albums/Compilations/Reissues:

* Paramore - Re: This Is Why
* John Carpenter - Anthology II (Movie Themes 1976-1988)

Also out:

* Earl Sweatshirt and The Alchemist - VOIR DIRE
* EXEK - The Map and the Territory
* Meernaa - So Far So Good

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