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.
Apple Music Home Sessions – BENEE
Per HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience:
“These are my favorites of my songs to perform in acoustic format,” BENEE says of her Apple Music Home Session. Recorded not quite at home, but rather on the road in Sydney, her session houses “Supalonely”—the Gus Dapperton-featuring track from her 2020 debut Hey u x, on which the New Zealand alt-pop talent explores crushing post-breakup loneliness—and 2022’s “Marry Myself,” which celebrates the ability to just be by yourself, taken from EP Lychee. It’s a declaration of self-assuredness, something that perhaps hasn’t been easy to reach. Her voice is absolutely beautiful to hear live and her rendition of “Fly Me To The Moon” MUST be heard.
Back From The Dead – Halestorm
From the introductory salvo of crashing guitar chords and screamed-from-the-guts vocals, it’s clear that this is a new Halestorm. It’s hard to imagine this opener – the purging, anthemic title track – being birthed in any other era. Nor something as twisted and heavy as Bombshell. Like all of us, life’s wringer has squeezed the hell out of this band. Their response could have been a flailing mess, but it isn’t – it’s Halestorm in totality, an already great act building new rails to replace the ones we all ran off.
Misery Made Me – Silverstein
Per Ghost Cult Magazine:
Over two decades of making music together aren’t enough to even begin wearing out Silverstein – Misery Made Me is packed with clever hooks, ambitious melodies, and thought-provoking lyrics. As they continue to lure in newcomers while keeping elder emos engaged, the Canadian rockers remind the scene just how they earned their place at the beginning of the century.
Radiate Like This – Warpaint
The album is excitingly dynamic as it cycles through its varied but unified vibes – whether that’s the uptempo, dancey ‘Hips’; the spacey, seductive ‘Like Sweetness’; or the moody ballad ‘Trouble’. There’s a maturity to the lyrical content here, which by no means undercuts its playfulness. ‘Hard To Tell You’, for example, details the pain of a nobody’s-fault breakup, while ‘Melting’ sees its narrator ready to move on from bad habits and accept love. At the same time, though, there’s the light-hearted sexiness of ‘Stevie’ and the closing track ‘Send Nudes’, on they winkingly ask a lover to “send a couple nudes” and share a cup of noodles while they’re at it.
Hold My Hand (single) Lady Gaga
Gaga co-produced “Hold My Hand” with past collaborator BloodPop©, and Gaga’s A Star Is Born collaborator Benjamin Rice did some additional production. The song apparently plays multiple times in the movie, and it takes on elements of the Hans Zimmer score and the original movie’s Harold Faltermeyer music. Not surprisingly, the song finds Gaga in her maximalist ’80s arena-ballad zone, the same aesthetic space that she previously explored with stuff like “The Edge Of Glory.” She really wails out that chorus, too.
Come back next week for a fresh batch of new music picks only on the HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience!