Honestly I'm not quite sure what I want to do with this thing. But I'm always looking for a way to talk about the music I'm listening to, and this seems like a great way to do that. This post is about new(ish) albums, not stuff I listen to routinely.
  1. Kowloon Walled City: Grievances
    What's immediately apparent about Grievances, especially when compared to the band's older material, its spaciousness. Everything is opened up sonically; instead of the repetitious, unrelenting bursts of sound that marked their earlier albums, everything sounds open, letting the music develop almost organically. It's a brighter sounding album, not quite as dark or dreary. I don't where I'd place it in their discography, or how it compares to their breakthrough album Container Ship, but it's good
  2. Beach Slang: The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
    You know when a band from the eighties, nineties reunited and tours? That thing literally every band is doing? Beach Slang sounds like when those bands record new albums. Beach Slang, though, recently formed. Their debut album is almost like the soundtrack to a midlife crisis. Each song sounds nostalgic, but also incredibly desperate for youth and cultural relevance. Every time they sing "we're young" it's more of a lamentation. This sounds depressing, but it's very upbeat, "sing-a-long"-ready.
  3. Drake and Future: What a Time to be Alive
    Nobody thought this mixtape/album/whatever would have this much lasting power. At least I never thought it would. I'm constantly surprised how often I find myself banging this. Some songs are massively under developed, needing more time in the writing process (ie big rings), but even those are listenable in their corniness. At its peak, though, the mixtape caps off what's been an extremely prolific and laudable year for both Drake and Future.
  4. Neon Indian: Vega INTL. Night School
    This album sounds like a mix of Prince and a hipster coke party. I love how composed it is as an album, even if it's hazy dance music; most of the songs seamlessly fade into each other. I don't have a lot to say about it, but it's very fun and I like it.
  5. Carly Rae Jepsen: Emotion
    One of the best things about my life lately is how I've stopped worrying about what's cool or what genre music is before I can enjoy it. That's immeasurably broadened my horizons. This album is one I never would have listened to before, but actually, guys, it's lit. It's an exuberant album, so vibrant and lively and fun. If you listen to this and can't find its joy, your insides are black and you will die alone unloved.