As music columnist for hellomagazine.ca, each week I’ll bring you my selections for the best and most notable new music, albums you’re going to want to add to your collection plus a five-song playlist to try out. Happy listening!
Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love
The all-female trio of Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss haven’t been heard from in 10 years—taking a break for family and for Brownstein to develop and star in TV’s Portlandia. Now, the acclaimed riot-grrrl groundbreakers are back with their eighth album, featuring kickass numbers like the pounding “Price Tag” and the chime-y guitar-driven “Bury Our Friends.”
Hey Rosetta! – Second Sight
The seven-piece indie rock band from St. John's, Newfoundland has a penchant for anthemic songs laced with poetic lyrics by frontman Tim Baker. Its fourth album sticks to the group’s gorgeous, string-laden folk-rock sound. While there are subtle numbers like the delicate “What Arrows,” it also features such robust rockers as the urgent “Kintsukuroi.”
Jamie Cullum – Interlude
The boyish singer-pianist swings back into jazz, teaming up with guest vocalists Gregory Porter and Laura Mvula on the Billie Holiday standard “Good Morning Heartache.”
Charlie Winston – Curio City
The British singer-songwriter boasts a pleasing folk-pop sound on his third album, especially on “Hello Alone,” and then adds a touch of electro to the pulsing “Lately.”
Fall Out Boy – American Beauty/American Psycho
Like Green Day, Fall Out Boy is outgrowing its adolescent punk-rock ways, with diverse songs on its ambitious sixth album like “Jet Pack Blues” and “The Kids Aren’t Alright.”
Cattlefish & the Bottlemen – The Balcony
Despite the goofy name, this Welsh quartet, featuring Aussie frontman Van McCann, is garnering a huge buzz with Arctic Monkeys-like tracks such as “Kathleen.”
PLAYLIST OF THE WEEK
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