Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Open Those Ears | 5 Fresh Album Releases

Wishbone is album #3 for Nanna Øland Fabricius whose stage moniker is publicly known as Oh Land. This album didn't disappoint me, but in the same breath played it safe with my expectations. Nearly just as playful as her previous albums, but Wishbone is more of an extension from her self-titled sophomore album (see: "Love A Man Dead") but "Pyromaniac" takes the cake for the #1 choice of this album.  
Pick up Wishbones on iTunes here!
If you honestly thought I was going to leave Drake's Nothing Was The Same out of this post, yeah right. This album's list of featured artists on the album are a channel different than Take Care, but with that said -it's nowhere near a negative thing. "Too Much" featuring Sampha is a standout in my book. Sampha, a well known music producer & singer-songwriter who recently released his debut EP Dual brings out another side of Drake that's slightly different from what you hear in "All Me" (the last track on NWTS featuring 2 Chainz & Big Sean.) Sampling the hypnotizing intro from Ellie Goulding's "Don't Say A Word" on "Pound Cake/ Paris Morton Music 2" was clearly a magical moment for my ears, but overall this album is exactly what we needed. 
Aubrey Graham, you've done it again.
Click here to buy NWTS on iTunes, if you haven't snagged it already.
The Bones of What You Believe is the debut album by the Scottish trio CHVRCHES. Last fall I spent most of my time wandering through Philadelphia listening to "Lies" & "The Mother We Share" via their SoundCloud page & am quite pleased to own their debut digitally (and most likely on vinyl in the future.) 
"Night Sky" & "Tether" were two songs that I looked forward to hearing the studio version after hearing them live previously. 
P.S. The Deluxe edition of The Bones of What You Believe featured below via Spotify also features 2 bonus tracks as well as remixes from KDA & We Were Promised Jetpacks
Snag this gem of an album on iTunes here
Lovers are one of those bands that once you dive into, they're with you for life. This trio from Portland have become a favorite of mine over the years since winning my ears over with "Boxer." A Friend in the World is the follow-up to their 2010 album Darklight has exceeded my expectations of this band to put it gently. Fusing intimacy and empowerment in a way that reminds me a lot of Tegan and Sara's if It Was You, this is the type of indie that we've been searching for in 2013.
Highlights: "Tiger Square" & "The Modern Art Museum of the Modern Kiss Goodbye"

Click here to grab A Friend in the World on iTunes.
This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that Icona Pop rules the world. This duo has created an empire of popularity from a single release that has now evolved into the studio debut THIS IS... ICONA POP. Opening the album with their blockbuster hit "I Love It" ft. Charli XCX, this album takes the energetic path for the most part, only to take a breather during "Just Another Night" before proceeding with the rest of the album.  

Like what you hear? Pick up THIS IS... ICONA POP on iTunes now

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