Lots of great new albums are dropping today to get us rockin’ through the weekend! All of these albums and more are now streaming on Apple Music and Spotify.
Ghosts V and VI Locusts – Nine Inch Nails
Per Rolling Stone:
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have released a volume of comforting music and another that captures the anxiety of the moment. Ghosts V focuses on generally uplifting ambient moods. Like a lot of the music on Ghosts I – IV, it owes clear debts to Brian Eno and Twin Peaks composer Angelo Badalamenti, but with enough dissonance to sound distinctively “Reznorish.” The songs are spacious with gentle buzzing, humming, and exhaling drones that slowly evolve, complementing often pretty piano music. The music turns much darker Ghosts VI, which, by proxy, makes it the more interesting of the two. It opens with repeated plinky piano — the likes of which Bill Murray used to annoy spirits in Ghost Busters — on a track called “The Cursed Clock,” but there are enough variations that it starts to sound like minimalist classical music. The following track, “Around Every Corner,” turns the piano line into atonal jazz and adds the type of dusky trumpet you hear in Philip Marlowe movies. “When It Happens (Don’t Mind Me)” vibrates with banging dulcimer chords, like some kind of Dead Can Dance nightmare, “Run Like Hell” combines trip-hop vibes with film-noir horns, and “Another Crashed Car” flirts with sounding “industrial” with its musique concrète phone bleeps. “Your New Normal” (a particularly timely title) features clicking and clanging — it’s all tension, which has always been Reznor’s calling card.
Future Nostalgia- Dua Lipa
The ascendant singer’s star-making second album is a collection of sophisticated, hard-bodied pop-funk that gives way to slick, Kylie Minogue-inspired disco. Capitalizing on a love of ’80s pop and ’90s club culture, Lipa and a team of career producers (Stephen “Koz” Kozmeniuk, Ian Kirkpatrick, Stuart Price, Jeff Bhasker) tunnel deeper into retro-pop revival, a flashy dancefloor timewarp aimed at the type of pop fan who can’t hear Olivia Newton-John’s original 1981 hit “Physical” without imagining what it might sound like with the string sample from “Hung Up” chopped and layered on top. Future Nostalgia sounds like three Madonna eras at once, like Giorgio Moroder making blog house.
Endless – Magic Sword
Per Backseat Mafia:
If you’re a fan of ’80s soundtracks, John Carpenter or the synthwave movement as a whole, then you’re already a fan of Magic Sword and Endless. You just don’t know it yet. If you’re not, then prepare to become one.
Auto Pain -Deeper
Chicago-based Deeper fires on all cylinders on its sophomore album“Auto–Pain,” delivering an energetic post-punk experience that excels by all measures. There’s a deftly controlled pace that impresses throughout the album, a standout 12-track release that borrows its ethos from Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.”
Come back next week for a fresh batch of new music Friday picks only on the HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience!