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. Tennis - Yours Conditionally
Tennis, AKA husband and wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, are out with Yours Conditionally,
the follow up to 2015's Ritual In Repeat
and features lead singles, "In The Morning I'll Be Better" and "My Emotions Are Blinding."
2. The Shins - Heartworms
Finally, The Shins have released the first album since 2012's Port Of Morrow,
and it sounds like classic James Mercer. Standout tracks "Name For You," "Painting a Hole," and "Dead Alive" have that guitar pop sound we all know and love.
3. Laura Marling - Semper Femina
UK folk singer-songwriter might not really be folk anymore... We're not sure. "Soothing" is a jazzy acoustic tune while "Nothing, Not Nearly" is a bluesy soft rock jam. Either way, she tells a beautiful story with her beautiful voice.
4. Charli XCX - Number 1 Angel
Featuring artists like MØ, Starrah, Raye, Uffie, Abra, and cupcakKe, Charli XCX's new mixtape is a banger
, and it's not even the "party record" she keeps teasing. This will definitely hold us over until then.
5. Cameron Avery - Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams
Cameron Avery, who is the bassist for Tame Impala
, is out with his debut solo album, which features organic, intimate tracks like "Do You Know Me By Heart" and "A Time and Place" as well as fun, big band jams like "Disposable" and "Dance With Me." Also check out our Gear Talk Tuesday feature
6. Hurray For The Riff Raff - The Navigator
Today is a big day for singer-songwriters. New Orleans outfit is led by Alynda Lee and her signature straight-forward vocal delivery. Layers and layers of guitar, organ, strings, and more make for a complex, exciting listen.
7. Jay Som - Everybody Works
Jay Som is the project of singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Melina Duterte. If you like Mitski or Adult Mom, this is going to be your new favorite artist.