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. Cold War Kids - LA Divine
Have you seen the critically acclaimed La La Land
yet? Well, Cold War Kids' new album is kind of like that. They show you their home - Southern California - and prove that while yes, it's heavily saturated with entertainment and commerce, it's also a beautiful place. We got to talk to the band all about it, and you can read that conversation HERE
2. Father John Misty - Pure Comedy
Well, the moment we've all been waiting for is here. After endless promotion (tons of pull quotes, live TV appearances, short films, and written letters), Pure Comedy,
the follow up to 2015's I Love You, Honeybear,
is here. It's sarcastic as ever yet simultaneously serious. It's flamboyant, cynical, and... Reassuring? FJM tackles religious beliefs and political issues on "Total Entertainment Forever" and "Ballad of the Dying Man" while he calms us down and surprises us with an uplifting twist on songs like "Smoochie" and "In Twenty Years Or So." Read our full album review HERE
3. Future Islands - The Far Field
Future Islands' long-awaited follow up to 2014's Singles
is here, with Debbie Harry even featured on the second to last track, "Shadows."
4. K.Flay - Every Where Is Somewhere
K.Flay wrote a lot of this album on the road, and there's a lot more touring in her future, which might be a good thing, because it sounds like traveling does nothing but good for her creative output. Listen to her upbeat single "High Enough" and read our conversation about the making of the album HERE
5. The New Pornographers - Whiteout Conditions
This album has been streaming for a week
, but now it's finally out everywhere.
6. White Reaper - The World's Best American Band
Is White Reaper The World's Best American Band? Guess you'll have to listen to the album to find out.
7. Various Artists - Resistance Radio: The Man in the High Castle Album
Man, is this a fantastic album. Produced by Danger Mouse and Sam Cohen, the album was made for the political drama The Man in the High Castle
and it features beautifully produced 60s covers by some of today's best and biggest indie rock artists: Angel Olsen, The Shins, Beck... And well never forget the gorgeous contribution from Sharon Van Etten
8. Arca - Arca
For lack of better words: Fuck. Just... Shit. As if the album cover wasn't enough to make you uncomfortable, just wait until you listen to the actual album. It's basically a mix of Aphex Twin, ANOHNI, and a (somehow) sadder version of Baths. Venezuelan producer/singer Alejandro Ghersi takes cues from even Bjork, as he creates his own universe and dares you to step in. Sadness and fear physically take over, all with the press of a button and a quiver of Ghersi's voice.