Why does every artist have to drop their album on the same day? For us listeners, it's a challenge to catch up with every new release, especially when it's several different releases from all really exciting artists. So to cut through the noise and make sure you have all of your ducks in a row, we're briefly rounding up the most important albums to listen to this week. (Side note: Can we just acknowledge that a long list of babes are releasing music this week and then there's just Bob Dylan sticking out like a sore thumb...)
1. Charlotte OC - Careless People
After meeting up with Charlotte OC for an interview and witnessing how giggly she is
, it's hard to imagine her writing sad songs. But she does. She writes really
sad songs, and you can hear them all on her debut LP, Careless People
, now. It's consistently ethereal and smooth throughout, creating a haunting atmosphere and highlighting Charlotte's soulful, raspy vocal. "In Paris" and "Running Back To You" are definite highlights.
2. Tei Shi - Crawl Space
Tei Shi is another artist who's out with a debut this week. The "Bassically" singer has cleaned up her sound a bit while still maintaining her deconstructed style of pop. And how can you resist that falsetto in "Lift Me" or "How Far"?
3. Bob Dylan - Triplicate (Sampler)
We really like Bob Dylan
... Who doesn't? His excellent new album consists of standards and classics within the Great American Songbook and will transport you to a world of big city nostalgia. With such a legend like Dylan, we don't care what he's singing, we're just happy he's still making music.
4. Goldfrapp - Silver Eye
Recorded in Dallas with that signature John Congleton sound, Silver Eye
is an edgy, dirty, slightly dark record that's going to make you dance. The duo released the lead single "Anymore" a few months ago and we've been anticipating this release ever since.
5. Nelly Furtado - The Ride
Yes, Nelly Furtado is BACK and more - uh - indie than ever. Yep, this is the first album she has released via her own label and she's gone from "I'm Like A Bird" hippie pop to "I collaborate with Dev Hynes now" indie pop. We think it suits her well.
6. Julia Holter - In The Same Room
This is a live album, recorded entirely at RAK Studios in London, and it was named after a song off of Ekstasis,
an album released in 2012. On the first track you can already tell how beautiful it's going to be, with strings and acoustic bass going off in all different directions and vocals that could pass as Katie Stelmanis.