New Albums You Need to Listen to
Father of the Bride
Artist: Vampire Weekend
Father of the Bride is Vampire Weekend’s long awaited fourth album and first studio LP in six years, which in the world of music seems like an entire age. It follows their previous release Modern Vampires of the City which was the last album to feature Rostam Batmanglij as a member of the band. Though fear not fans he still features on this album along with other notable contributions from people like Ludwig Goransson, Steve Lacy and Danielle Haim. Expect a new sound with familiar tones from this double-sided album, which showcases the bands awareness of their suburban upbringing but with a newfound optimism about life that’ll leave you with grin on your face.
Artist: Big Thief
This is Big Thief’s third album and their first since their critically acclaimed second record titled Capacity which was released in 2017. U.F.O.F. was recorded at Bear Creek Studios in Washington and produced by their long-time collaborator, Andrew Sarlo with engineering by Dom Monks. You can expect more great stuff from the band here.
Active Listening: Night on Earth
This is the debut studio album for the Philadelphia based quartet Empath. The band had previously released a four track EP in 2018 titled Liberating Guilt and Fear which was well received amongst both listeners and critics. The new album Active Listening: Night on Earth features nine tracks and hosts their sparkly punk infused sounds that helped make their EP successful.
Green and Grey
Pile are a rock outfit from Boston who have accrued something of a cult following over the years. Green and Grey is the bands seventh album and follows their previous release, wonderfully titled Hairshirt of Purpose from 2017. Their newest album contains thirteen tracks and seems to focus on the thoughts of an aging punk, containing all the passion and bizarre stylings that the band have become known for.
there is no Other
Artist: Rhiannon Giddens
Rhiannon Giddens new album there is no Other cover a wide range of styles and influences. The singer/songwriter is a multi-instrumentalist and this time she is joined by the Italian jazz artist Franco Turrisi to create a record that spans genres, containing elements of traditional Italian music, opera, Appalachian bluegrass and gospel music. The album was recorded over only five days in Dublin and produced by Joe Henry.
Artist: BandGang Lonnie Bands
Not to be confused with the record from J. Cole, KOD is the latest record from Detroit rap artist BandGang Lonnie Bands. This album features an impressive twenty-one tracks in its roster and features several other artists such as Sada Baby, Drego & Beno and Shoreline Mafia amongst others. BandGang Lonnie Bands is sitting pretty at the centre of Detroit’s illustrious growing rap scene and KOD is a great display of the sound and energy coming out of that scene at the moment.