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.
Gifts From The Holy Spirit – Dorothy
Per Ghost Cult Magazine:
Following a high-profile debut launch, complete with Rolling Stone hype, …Holy Ghost comes on the back of a more stripped back, desert-feeling second album, and sees Dorothy find themselves. The amps are turned up, the production is strong, the authoritative vocals are front and centre, and there is a sense of both feeling and meaning to the hard rockers on display – not every rock album has heart and soul in it; Martin isn’t just believable, she is living these songs. In return, the cast around her are playing their part, too, adding blues and Southern touches to a diet of straight-forward rockers, and utilising the talents of Jason Hook (ex-Five Finger Death Punch), Phil X (Bon Jovi) and Keith Wallen (Breaking Benjamin) on six-string and songwriting sentry duty, with legendary Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, My Chemical Romance et al) responsible for the sonics.
Giving The World Away – Hatchie
With help from Dan Nigro (Olivia Rodrigo, Caroline Polachek), Jorge Elbrecht (Sky Ferreira, Japanese Breakfast), and Beach House drummer James Barone, Giving the World Away is a maze of fuzz and reverb, chugging guitars, airy synths, and delightfully weird percussion. The strongest moments on the album balance restraint and exaltation, like on “This Enchanted,” which takes house piano and slithering bass and builds it into a shoegaze anthem, its chorus drowning in distorted guitar and drums. Another standout, “Quicksand,” begins with a low-slung guitar riff that explodes into an ebullient electro pop hook. At its best, Giving the World Away locates the edge between noise and melody, carving out a pop core amid seemingly structureless arrangements.
Skinty Fia – Fountaines D.C.
On Skinty Fia, Fontaines seize their moment with their loosest, most exploratory batch of songs to date. A Hero’s Death was too strong to be slagged off as a sophomore slump — any album with highlights as raucous as “Televised Mind” and “A Hero’s Death” is a keeper — but it felt like a transitional release from a band figuring out its place in the world. Fontaines were lost and weary after so much time on the road, and you could feel the weight of all that exhaustion and uncertainty in the music. They were seemingly determined to push beyond the boundaries of their initial sound, sometimes undermining their own strengths for experimentation’s sake. This third LP merges that adventurous spirit and pervasive gloom with the catchy immediacy of Fontaines’ debut — a combination that bodes well for the band’s future.
It’s Time To Rise From The Grave – Undeath
Second album It’s Time…To Rise From The Grave hits with the satisfying impact of a sucker punch to the jaw right from the get-go. Their particular brand of death hearkens back to the glory days of the early ’90s when Cannibal Corpse reigned supreme, and it’s this influence that’s most apparent. The production is predictably murky, however, the guitars cut through the swampiness allowing them to be a focal point alongside vocalist Alexander Jones’ bassy growls. Foregoing blast beats in favour of playing at a restrained mid-range tempo allows for their surprisingly technical riffs to really shine and, thankfully, there are plenty of them.
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