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.
Let The Bad Times Roll – The Offspring
per Rolling Stone Magazine:
It’s the stalwart California punk band’s first studio LP in nearly a decade, and their first for Concord after a lengthy run on Capitol, but the label change and the departure of their longtime bassist haven’t blunted the Offspring’s edge. Working with producer Bob Rock (Metallica), they set doom-and-gloom lyrics (as heard on the shrug-emoji title track and the prescient “This Is Not Utopia”) to euphoric melodies for a head-spinning listen that’s on par with their Nineties gems Smash and Ixnay on the Hombre.
Max Maco Is Dead Right? – Two Feet
per American Songwriter:
Two Feet knows how to own his narrative— and turn it into a piece of art. After a public mental health struggle that caused his label, at the time, to abandon him, this traumatic experience birthed the fictional character Max Maco, the central figure in his new concept album Max Maco is Dead Right? Before jotting down any lyrics for the record, Two Feet wanted to make sure he understood who Max Maco truly was. With the help of the same famed acting coach who aided Rami Malek with his characterization of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, Two Feet delved deep into the psyche of his character.
Californian Soil – London Grammar
per The Independent:
Melodies feel constructed around the cathedral architecture of Reid’s pure, classically influenced vocals, which rise in soaring – often breathy – arches capable of carrying more emotional weight than you’d expect
Crawling Kingsnake (single) The Black Keys
per Rolling Stone Magazine:
Recorded in Nashville at the studio of Black Keys singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach, the record finds Auerbach and Keys drummer Patrick Carney paying homage to bluesmen like R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, and Fred McDowell over 11 songs. Delta Kream, the follow-up to the Black Keys’ 2019 album Let’s Rock, will be released May 14th on Nonesuch Records.The band preview the upcoming project with the single “Crawling Kingsnake,” an ominous, swaggering slice of Hill Country blues recorded by John Lee Hooker; Auerbach was first introduced to it via later Kimbrough rendition.
Still Here – Iann Dior (single)
Iann Dior enlists his 10K Projects labelmate Trippie Redd to assist him on “Shot in the Dark” on his new two-pack of songs Still Here.Redd and Dior have already proven they work great together, teaming up on 2019’s “Gone Girl,” and they flex their melodic abilities once again here. Led by strings, Iann and Trippie are both all the way in their melodic bag on “Shot in the Dark.” Trippie has always been good at going the rock route whenever he wants, and it sounds like Dior has been influenced by his adventurousness. Both emotional tracks on Still Here reflect Iann’s evolving sound and showcase the 22-year-old embracing his youth, with “Don’t Wanna Believe” seeing him reflect on his mistakes over a smooth guitar and hard snare.
Mortal Kombat Soundtrack – Benjamin Wallfisch
per Game Rant:
The tracks have been composed by Benjamin Wallfisch, who is responsible for the soundtracks of several big films, including It, It Chapter Two, Shazam!, and Blade Runner 2049. The dynamic, heart-pumping tracks include themes for many of the main Mortal Kombat characters, such as Lord Raiden, Cole Young, Sonya Blade, Liu Kang, Sub-Zero, Kung Lao, and Scorpion, among others. But, what seems to have caught the attention of many fans are the epic battle themes, including one for “Kano v Reptile” and “Sub-Zero v Cole Young.”
Come back next week for a fresh batch of new music picks only on the HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience!