TGIF! We are ready to slide into the weekend faster than some people sliding into those DMs! With the perfect surfer vibe to lead the way, a dash of punk, a pinch of rock and roll, and a huge does of a new OVO album, this week’s list of notable album releases builds a recipe for an awesome weekend!
Atmosphere – Fishing Blues
Sean Daley and Anthony Davis have been making music together for over 20 years. and after releasing album after album, Fishing Blues shows the wear and tear life has had on the duo while still keeping true to their sound. Lead single “Ringo” talks about beer guts, recounts passing out in airport bars, and reiterates a line that has some sad truth: “Everybody wants to see a falling star.” Other tracks to look out for are “Fishing Blues,” “Perfect,” and “A Long Hello.”
Hockey Dad – Boronia
Hockey Dad’s debut album is perfect for those all-too-aware of the quickly approaching end of summer. A perfect SoCal anthem filled with the laid back sounds of surf pop, Boronia delivers songs of bromance and love, chilling on the beach, and the perfect feeling of riding the waves.
JEFF the Brotherhood – Zone
Recording for Nashville garage-rock duo JEFF The Brotherhood’s new album didn’t take place in a swanky sound studio but rather in a converted warehouse called Club Roar. Zone is said to be the third and final installment in a trilogy of albums that includes their 2009 release Heavy Days followed by We Are The Champions in 2011.
Of Montreal – Innocence Reaches
Even though the EDM bubble has supposedly popped, that certainly isn’t stopping bands from experimenting with new electronic sounds on their albums. With a frontman known for rocking pantyhose onstage, it isn’t surprising that Of Montreal broaches topics such as gender norms and channels muses such as Prince and David Bowie on their new album.
PartyNextDoor – Partynextdoor 3 (P3)
The OVO Sound signee is droping his highly anticipated sophomore album, and it wouldn’t be an OVO record if there wasn’t an appearance by Drake. Though P3 is technically a sophomore album, it is the third project in a series of the singer/songwriter/producer’s releases that started with his 2013 debut mixtape, Partynextdoor, followed by 2014’s Partynextdoor 2. Although Drake is the only guest on Partynextdoor 3, a joint project with Jeremih, Late Night Party, is slated for release later this year.
Rae Sremmurd – SremmLife 2
Rae Sremmurd’s highly anticipated sophomore album is here, and it is littered with guest appearances by everyone from Gucci Mane, Juicy J, and Lil Jon to Kodak Black and Bobo Swae. There’s even some production help from DJ Mustard.
Savoir Adore – The Love That Remains
Savoir Adore’s latest LP was inspired by a Brazilian phrase describing a deep longing for someone or something as an almost physical entity. According to vocalist Paul Hammer, The Love That Remains “became about rediscovering love, in every way, finding it again in the world, with someone else, and with yourself. Whereas our last record was the story of two, I found it fitting and necessary to write this from a very personal, singular perspective.”
The Pack A.D. – Positive Thinking
After a two-year break, The Pack A.D is back with an album filled to the core with punk and vulnerability. Despite the title Positive Thinking, the album touches on feelings of darkness, despair, and a smidgen of melancholy.
Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits
A Weird Exits is Thee Oh Sees’ first LP to showcase the drumming skills of both Ryan Moutinho and Dan Rincon, and it defies the pop framework of catchy choruses by skipping them all together. Now on their eleventh album, the group has definitely found their groove and it comes with four drumsticks and a lot of robo-punk rhythm!
Young the Giant – Home of the Strange
With members that include a child of Indian immigrants, another of Persian-American decent, and a drummer from Quebec, Young the Giant is a pretty fair representation of what the US has striven to be: one big, happy family melting together in a cultural stew. Though never really having touched on their roots before, the group has released an album reflecting our society’s need to classify down to every extra hyphenation while exploring the members’ political stances and their search for self-identification.