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.
Shore – Fleet Foxes
Shore, the fourth album from Fleet Foxes, brings gratitude back into the fold as lead singer, Robin Pecknold, ascends to a graceful new plateau. The record’s mood is born largely from existential worries and the shadow of death, common concerns of Pecknold, who, now 34, has spent his career transforming anxiety into euphoria with towering, wall-of-sound choruses that belie the unease that inspires them. Career-making songs like the barnstorming “Helplessness Blues” were strengthened by a sense of overcoming despair, the feeling that we could all stare down obsolescence and say, That’s OK, I’m OK. Distress does not disappear entirely on Shore; it’s just accepted and worn, making for an album that is musically adventurous and spiritually forgiving, like it’s constantly breathing in fresh air.
Ohms – Deftones
Per The Guardian:
Though they’ve lost little intensity since the mid-90s, Ohms finds the Sacramento band grappling with middle age. After opener Genesis floats on to the horizon with tranquility – the warbling synths and slippery guitar lines of the intro feel influenced by David Gilmour – the softness evaporates. Chino Moreno reaches for familiar phoenix imagery (“Climbing out of the ashes”) and defiantly asserts that he will “taste a lifestyle that never gets old”. On the brilliant title track, he looks at time simply as lost ground in the fight against climate change, slipping into a “hopeless sea of regret”. Bookending the album, the two songs offer balanced dispositions: the fight against the passage of time and the lament of time wasted.
Ultra Mono – IDLES
Always on the front foot, bloodied but unbowed, IDLES are a claustrophobic, relentless, airtight and pulverising machine of perpetual motion. That they are able to keep themselves airborne throughout Ultra Mono is testament to the art and skill that lies behind such an unstinting display of brazen contempt. The effect is akin to being water-boarded by music; the album ends and we go, ‘Wait, what just happened?’ But the point of it all is revealed in Danke, the final song. ‘True love will find you in the end,’ they sing. ‘You will find out just who was your friend.’
Finds You Well – Khotin
While the first half of the album does feature those quasi-industrial, homesick beats that we love so much, the second half (or so) takes a more shapeless approach. It slows down significantly, taking you along some ambient paths to round out the record. This is not to say that it fizzles, however; more like it gently evaporates into a balmy cloud, ready to wash down on you all over again, once you re-press that play button (which you will).
Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic – The Ocean
Per Metal Injection:
In line with the fact that Mesozoic | Cenozoic centers on events between those covered in 2007’s Precambrian and 2010’s Heliocentric, the album’s first two tracks balance the former’s heavier side and the latter’s soulful melancholy. To that effect, “Triassic” evokes a prehistoric desert with Staps and bassist Mattias Hägerstrand’s Middle Eastern motif. Loïc Rossetti’s trancy singing and Paul Seidel’s tribal rhythms commingle with sci-fi synths, building to savage sludge metal explosions. The Ocean effortlessly contrasts atmospheric soundscapes and moody melodies with crushing riffs and savage screams.
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