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.
Dawn FM – The Weeknd
Per The Guardian:
It’s a concept album of sorts, with some lofty ideas about the afterlife that seem to be bound up with current affairs and informed by lockdown. “You’ve been in the dark for way too long, it’s time to step into the light,” offers the opening title track, while its description of what awaits us in the hereafter (“now that all future plans have been postponed”) could just as easily be a description of the hedonistic nirvana of the dancefloor: “Soon you’ll be healed, forgiven and refreshed, free from all trauma, pain, guilt and shame – you may even forget your name.”
Epigone – Wilderun
Per Angry Metal Guy:
When Epigone hits its stride and breaks out the bombast, there really is no one else like Wilderun. They boast an utterly singular blend of extremity, progression and classicism. Veil of Imagination was a darker, more serious affair, but Epigone returns to some of the triumph and levity of Sleep at the Edge of the Earth. The triumphant passages on “Identifier,” “Distraction III” and “Passenger” ensure that each will be on my song o’ the year shortlist come December. “Identifier” builds to a huge finale, bleeding from an uplifting guitar solo into a beautiful melodic reprise, which strongly reminds me of life’s joys. The gently swelling strings on “Distraction III” crescendo to a powerful center-piece, while “Passenger” has a particular turn-on-a-dime transition which bridges harsh growls with a massive choral harmony. There are so many awe-inspiring moments that with 7 weeks of listening I’m confident I prefer it to Veil and that it at least competes with Sleep.
Aitis Band lll – Aitis Band
Joan of Arc’s Bobby Burg, Melina Ausikaitis and Theo Katsaounis, together with keyboardist Ray Borchers are Aitis Band, a hard to pinpoint avant-rock project whose sound lingers charismatically between noise rock and electronica. The themes explored in the album include “found customer complaints, suicide, post-apocalyptic childcare, and Rockford, IL,” while the heavier electronic approach seems to be an apt match for the band’s intricate and nearly uncanny compositional style, bringing out their most absorbing release up to this point.
Always Tomorrow – Best Coast
Best Coast spent years chasing highs and documenting the lows with impressive, if often prosaic, frankness. And though they’ve finally found the optimism to match their sun-washed disposition, it’s lead singer’s Bethany Cosentino’s musicianship and knack for melody that prevents these songs from turning to fluff.
No Return (Yellowjackets Theme) Craig Wedren & Anna Waronker
Yellowjackets has a score from Craig Wedren, formerly of Shudder To Think, and Anna Waronker, formerly of That Dog. Both of them have done a ton of work for movies and TV since their bands’ heydays, but Yellowjackets really gives them a chance to tap into that sound. You can especially hear it in “No Return,” their blistering opening theme. As Brooklyn Vegan points out, there’s a Yellowjackets soundtrack album coming out later this month, a week after the show’s season finale, and Wedren and Waronker have just released “No Return” as an actual song.
Come back next week for a fresh batch of new music picks only on the HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience!