Week of July 22nd: New Album Releases

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Alvvays – Alvvays

As the hottest month of the year teeters to a close, this five person Toronto team has rung out one of the beachiest albums yet. With leader Molly Rankin holding the reins (and mic), Alvvays have muddled together something near the deadpan delivery of Frankie Cosmos with a Vitamin-D shot not far off Best Coast’s discography. The culmination is rather electric, embraced by a hodge podge of romping lyrics that hit all over the map. One track (“Next of Kin”) rolls the dice for being the most upbeat song about drowning ever recorded; meanwhile, as Rankin utilizes her nonsensical attitude as their forte in tracks like “Archie, Marry Me” (‘so honey take me by the hand and we can sign some papers / forget the invitations, floral arrangements and bread-makers’). Being a summer jam collector, you’d do yourself a disservice in avoiding Alvvays debut album.

 

Common – Nobody’s Smiling

Common’s jump to Def Jam records has been a boon to his newest album’s favor. By ushering in No I.D. once more, Nobody’s Smiling has the chops to become one of the most stellar production values on a Common LP so far (as heard from the first single “Diamonds”). There’s a vast amount of contributions this go-around between the rapper and Lil Herb, Cocaine 80s, Big Sean, Jhené Aiko, Snoh Aalegra, Dreezy, Malik Yusef, Elijah Blake and plenty from Vince Staples. If you’re enough of a Common fan, you could even reel in the deluxe edition for a bonus three tracks. Tune in for a taste of the famed rapper with Big Sean below:

 

PS I Love You – For Those Who Stay

Spawned in some reverb sludgepool, PS I Love You have crafted their junior LP with an ambition previously unheard from their preceding cheap, beer-soaked recordings. Hyper-pitched ballads like “For Those Who Stay” still dominate the Toronto duo’s all-encompassing sound, although they’ve meandered towards the transgressive by batting out sublime hits like “Bad Brain Day” and the uncharacteristically soulful “Afraid of the Light”. Perhaps it’s the band’s recent departure from their hometown that has influenced their sudden proliferation, or it may just be their widely differing musical interests – whatever it is, they can spit out a mean lo-fi setlist. Without a doubt, go ahead and dive into PS I Love You’s title track just underneath:

 

Also available this week:

The Amazing Snakeheads – Amphetamine Ball

The Black Angels – Clear Lake Forest

Cut Copy – Free Your Mind [Deluxe edition]

FREEMAN – FREEMAN

Got A Girl – I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now

Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again

King Creosote – From Scotland With Love

La Roux – Trouble In Paradise

Liam Betson – The Cover of Hunter

Monomyth – Saturnalia Regalia!

Mutilation Rites – Harbinger

Neil Hamburger – First of Dismay

Nona – Through the Head

The Phantom Band – Strange Friend

To Rococo Rot – Instrument

White Fence – For the Recently Found Innocent

Various Artists – Hyperdub 10.2

Yes – Heaven & Earth

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