Lots of great new albums are dropping today to get us rockin’ through the holiday weekend! All of these albums and more are now streaming on Apple Music and Spotify.
Kid A Mensia – Radiohead
This is Radiohead’s ultimate gift as a rock band—the transmutation of sound into sensation, the way an unnerving bit of audio can play upon our nerve endings, up-end us ever so slightly. The searching language of the chorus to “Like Spinning Plates” (“This just feels like…Spinning plates”) nailed the curious, uneasy feeling that sound can give us, and the way those feelings translate into our other senses. It was the indelible sounds they made on Kid A and Amnesiac, more than any of the album’s digital age paranoia or its baleful view of the future, that comprise the band’s enduring legacy. Those sounds break free of anything you might want to attach to them.
Future – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
As a soul-leaning rock band led by a folk-and-blues-minded frontman, there’s an unavoidable nostalgia that the band has often chosen to embrace, especially on their Richard Swift-produced sophomore record, 2018’s Tearing at the Seams. However, their latest set displays a mastery of genre that pushes their most retro-sounding sensibilities into new directions.
The Harder They Fall – Various Artists
For the soundtrack to first-time director Jeymes Samuel’s bloody Spaghetti Western update, “The Harder They Fall,” Jay-Z helped turn the revenge-driven horse opera into something pulp fiction-y. With him in the saddle as the accompanying album’s curator and co-executive producer — along with Samuel, who not only produced and played guitar but co-wrote all the tracks — the various-artists-driven “The Harder They Fall” soundtrack makes up for all the Jay-Z we’ve been missing by allowing his voice, literally and figuratively, to flow freely across the expanse of its 15 tracks.
Come back next week for a fresh batch of new music picks only on the HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience!