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.
Crash – Charli XCX
Crash marks the end of a five-album deal Charli signed with Atlantic when she was 16, a 13-year engagement that has often seemed more trouble than it was worth; she says the label has delayed her releases and tried to manipulate her image. (“If you want a puppet, just go and get yourself a puppet,” she once recalled telling her bosses.) Crash has a serious point to make about how ruthlessly major labels can treat the young, female stars that line their shareholders’ pockets. But in the album’s visuals, Charli spectacularizes her personal struggles with a knowing wink and more than a little camp, like Lady Gaga bleeding out at the VMAs while flashbulbs click.
A Study of the Human Experience Vol. 1 – Gayle
The songs on Gayle’s debut EP all fit the basic model of “abcdefu.” They’re pissed-off snarls from a kid who’s mostly mad at exes but also, by extension, the world. The EP doesn’t play as a quickie cash-in on a big hit, though. All six of the tracks sound like potential hits; I’m especially partial to the self-explanatory “ur just horny.” This music is probably going to seem trite and obnoxious but if you fuck with teen-pop at all, you might want to give it a shot.
Compliance (single) MUSE
Muse released a new single, “Compliance,” which the band had previously teased with a lengthy, head-turning message on social media. “Compliance is about the promise of safety and reassurance sold to us by powerful entities during times of vulnerability,” the band wrote, going on to decry “misleading untruths” from those entities, which want “obedience” to a “narrow worldview.”
Eyes Don’t Lie (single) Tone and I
The song, Tones explains, “is written about a large loss of someone / something,” adding, “the music video reflects being alone, but not lonely. Escaping something that hurt and happy to be wherever else, even though it’s over.”“Eyes Don’t Lie” marks the first new music from Tones (real name Toni Watson) since the release of her debut album, Welcome To The Madhouse, which dropped last July and immediately hit No. 1 on Australia’s national chart.
Come back next week for a fresh batch of new music picks only on the HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience!