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.
1. Overcoats - Young
is the debut album of the Brooklyn-based band, Overcoats - who's comprised of Hana Elion and J.J. Mitchell. It's difficult to put Overcoats into just one genre because they seem to shift from folk to electronica and they throw in some R&B and pop in there, too. There's no denying there's chemistry at work here with the heartfelt lyrics and swoon-worthy harmonies. This slow-burn album is one of those that'll immediately make you melt and it'll take months for you to really savor it.
2. COIN - How Will You Know If You Dont Try
Nashville indie-pop band, COIN, is back with their sophomore album, How Will You Know If You Don't Try
to follow-up a successful run with their debut, self-titled album from 2015. Their newest album is packed with a little more edgy, experimental sounds but tracks like "Hannah" and "Boyfriend" bring us the COIN upbeat, pop groove we love and "Heart Eyes" is a sun-drenched toe-tapper that needs to be on your summer playlist.
3. Talib Kweli - The Seven
Like the name The Seven
suggests, Talib Kweli and Styles P collaborated on a 7-song album today and it has some big throwback features like Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, and Common. It's always refreshing to hear some legends stepping back up to the mic. The Seven
also features a newer rapper, Rapsody, on "Let It Burn", with some other features from Chris Rivers, Little Vic, and Nico Is. When there are plenty of other rappers who follow trends these days, we're glad Talib Kweli and Styles P are sticking to their roots with this one.
4. Woods - Love Is Love
Twelve years later, the Brooklyn-based folk rock band, Woods, is still kickin' strong with their 10th studio album, Love Is Love
. Just last year, the band released City Sun Eater in the River of Light
, but this new album, Love is Love
is made of 6-songs that are the result of Woods' vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Jeremy Earl adrift feelings from last year's election leading up to Trump's Inauguration. They're songs about turning an awful event into songs about the things that matter the most.