November 2017 Alt Col Picks

A bunch of great records were released in November, so here are our favorite albums of the month! (In no particular order.) Want a Spotify playlist? Click here!

  • Walk the Moon – What If Nothing

After their 2014 ’80s-throwback single “Shut Up and Dance” went viral, Walk the Moon was skyrocketed to stardom in the indie rock/alternative pop community. What If Nothing combines the glittery ’80s-esque vibes of its predecessor and the curiosity and wide-eyed wonder of the band’s self-titled debut, making for a well-rounded and ever-interesting listen. Standout tracks include “Tiger Teeth,” “Can’t Sleep (Wolves),” and “In My Mind.” What If Nothing will appeal to fans of MisterWives, COIN, and WATERS. Click here to listen.

  • Sleep On It – Overexposed

Sleep On It unleashes their debut full-length titled Overexposed and proves their songwriting ability and knack for catchy hooks. Overexposed is a solid pop punk record littered with earworm melodies, crisp production quality, and gut-punching lyrics that are bound to keep you coming back for repeated spins. Standout tracks include “Distant,” “Fireworks (feat. Derek DiScanio),” and “Leave the Light On.” Overexposed is sure to attract followers of Seaway, Knuckle Puck, and The Gospel Youth. Click here to listen.

  • Quicksand – Interiors

Quicksand triumphantly recrudesces with Interiors, their first release in 22 years. After the band declared an indefinite hiatus in 1999, Quicksand fans were unsure if they would ever receive a third album. Not surprisingly, Interiors certainly delivers and was well worth the wait with its coarse guitar timbre and impassioned vocal performances. Standout tracks include “Illuminant,” “Cosmonauts,” and “Feels Like a Weight Has Been Lifted.” Interiors will capture listeners of A Day for Honey, We’re All Broken, and Chevelle. Click here to listen.

  • Field Medic – Songs from the Sunroom

As Songs from the Sunroom‘s album artwork may suggest, Field Medic’s latest long-player is real, heartfelt, and carries a captivating DIY attitude with it. From raw acoustic balladry to synthetically-tinged instrumentation, this album has plenty to offer and for you to soak in. Standout tracks include “Powerful Love,” “Uuu,” “Tombstone Poetry,” and “Like a Feather or a Pawprint.” Songs from the Sunroom is sure to satisfy followers of Tobias Jesso, Jr., Bon Iver, and Trent Dabbs. Click here to listen.

  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Who Built the Moon?

After departing the monumental British rock band Oasis, brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher set out on their individual solo projects, and in 2017, Liam’s album arrived just one month ahead of Noel’s. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ latest release Who Built the Moon? continues their dynamic grungy psychedelic style with anthemic choruses and kaleidoscopic glamour. Standout tracks include “Fort Knox,” “The Man Who Built the Moon,” and “Holy Mountain.” Who Built the Moon? is destined to interest fans of Biffy Clyro, The Vaccines, and Oasis. Click here to listen.

  • Ghost Atlas – All Is in Sync, and There’s Nothing Left to Sing About

Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, Jesse Cash of the progressive metalcore band ERRA self-releases another swaggering album under the Ghost Atlas moniker. From soaring vocals over clamorous guitar riffs to downtrodden acoustic serenades, All Is in Sync is an undoubtedly glorious addition to Cash’s discography. Standout tracks include “Cry Wolf,” “Vertigo,” “Surrogate Lover,” and “Legs.” All Is in Sync, and There’s Nothing Left to Sing About will appeal to listeners of No Resolve, ERRA, and Silver End. Click here to listen.


Extended Plays
  • Milk Teeth – Go Away

Standout tracks include “I Stabbed You First” and “Nearby Catfight.” Go Away is for fans of Sleater-Kinney, Muskets, and Wolf Alice. Click here to listen.

  • pineview – Without You

Standout tracks include “This One’s for You,” “Is It Bad,” and “Anaphylaxis.” Without You is for fans of LANY, The Japanese House, and The 1975. Click here to listen.

  • LOZT – Live from Bridge Sessions

Standout tracks include, well, the whole single, which is “Turmoil” and a cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Live from Bridge Sessions is for fans of Chris Dupont, Coffee Eyes, and Noah Guthrie. Click here to listen.

  • Valliers – Lost in Familiarity

Standout tracks include “Breathe and “Coast.” Lost in Familiarity is for fans of Stick to Your Guns, A Day to Remember, and Counterparts. Click here to listen.

  • Slothrust – Show Me How You Want It to Be

Standout tracks include covers of “Happy Together,” “Sex and Candy,” and “Baby One More Time.” Show Me How You Want It to Be is for fans of Royal Blood, Diet Cig, and Halestorm (for the covers). Click here to listen.

  • WAX WAV – EP1

Standout tracks include “Losing My Mind” and “One of Them.” EP1 is for fans of blink-182, Joyce Manor, and American Hi-Fi. Click here to listen.

  • Hampton Hollow – Hampton Hollow

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Standout tracks include “Skin,” “Speak to Me,” and “Push the Ceiling.” Hampton Hollow is for fans of Deaf Havana, Amaryllis, and Mallory Knox. Click here to listen.

  • Tigertown – Warriors

Standout tracks include “Warriors” and “Mysterious (feat. LPX).” Warriors is for fans of Echosmith, Walk the Moon, and WATERS. Click here to listen.

  • A Liar’s Eyes – Free Fall

Standout tracks include “Name of the Game,” “The Operator,” and “Balloons.” Free Fall is for fans of Too Close to Touch, I Prevail, and Issues. Click here to listen.

  • We Were Wolves – Empty Plans

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Standout tracks include “Does It Matter,” “What I’m Turning Into,” and “Charred Pasts.” Empty Plans is for fans of Thousand Below, The News Can Wait, and Sleater-Kinney. Click here to listen.

 


Let us know what you think of November’s releases down in the comments below!

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