Happy Friday, LAmb readers! Lots of great new albums are being released today for your weekend listening pleasure. From older favorites (Vanessa Carlton) to new entrants to the music scene (Strange Wilds), here are my top ten picks. Be sure to let me know what you’re listening to in the comments below!
Dirty Ghosts – Cataract
San Francisco-based rocker Allyson Baker has revamped her Dirty Ghosts lineup, and they’re coming back with a new EP today! I had a chance to interview her several years ago at Treasure Island, and I am excited to hear what this new album contains.
Evvol – Eternalism
This album is the debut from Berlin-influenced synthpop group Evvol. Their sound is ambient but not afraid to bring in a danceable beat every so often. Enjoyable and a solid option for anyone looking for something new.
The new album from Gunship (Dan Haigh & Alex Westaway & Alex Gingell) is a neon-soaked, late-night, sonic getaway with luscious analog synthesizers, cinematic vocals, and cyberpunk values, all exploding from an homage to a VHS case.
Jessie Jones– Jessie Jones
Jessie Jones, the former singer of Orange County’s Feeding People, comes out with her self-titled debut album today. Her masterful use of multiple instruments with her smooth voice is sure to win over both first-time listeners and those who followed her from Feeding People.
Roger Waters– Amused to Death
English rock musician, singer/songwriter, and composer Roger Waters’ Amused to Death is back with a multi-format remastering. This guest-packed and still very relevant nod to a screen-obsessed culture is out today in a variety of configurations, including CD, CD/Blu-ray, two-LP 200-gram vinyl, SACD, hi-res digital download, and limited-edition numbered two-LP picture disc vinyl.
Public Enemy – Man Plans God Laughs
Four years have passed since Public Enemy released their last album, and now the quartet of Chuck D, Professor Griff, Flavor Flav, and DJ Lord is back with new tracks for all the rap fans out there.
SEØUEL – Reykjavik
This electronic album from London-based producer SEØUEL shows a more sinister and exhilarating side. His prior EP was named after Prague, but this one definitely seems darker and more developed.
Seven Davis Jr. – Universes
Seven Davis Jr. combines a mixture of funk swagger and ’90s house for this album, which is sure to keep your feet moving in this genre-bending territory.
Strange Wilds – Subjective Concepts
Subjective Concepts is the debut album from the trio Strange Wilds. Hailing from Olympia, Washington their sound is hardcore with some Nirvana-sounding influences.
Vanessa Carlton – Blue Pool
Best known for her piano debut “A Thousand Miles,” Vanessa Carlton has since released three albums, and her new EP that comes out today showcases her more mature side. Over the course of her career, she’s gotten married and had a baby, and fans can expect a more introspective and reflective album.