A lot of great albums were released in October, so here are our favorite records of the month! (In no particular order.) Want a Spotify playlist? Click here!
Emo revivalists Citizen recrudesce with their third full-length out on Run For Cover Records titled As You Please. As You Please is nothing short of expressive and cultivated through heartfelt lyrics, enticing vocal delivery, and poignant melodies, demanding you to listen again and again to catch every detail. Standout tracks include “Jet,” “Fever Days,” and “In the Middle of It All.” As You Please will appeal to fans of Sorority Noise, The Wonder Years, and Turnover. Click here to listen.
Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights
Emotional libretto and morose melodies define Julien Baker’s sophomore studio effort named Turn Out the Lights, displaying the solo performer exploring new instrumental territories within a more piano-driven realm. This haunting collection is eerie, emotive, and undoubtedly memorable. Standout tracks include “Appointments,” “Everything That Helps You Sleep,” and “Hurt Less.” Turn Out the Lights is sure to attract followers of Casey Bolles, Birdy, and Gordi. Click here to listen.
Knuckle Puck – Shapeshifter
Knuckle Puck returns with their pop punk sensibility and a desire to explore on their new record Shapeshifter. Fine-tuned production and stellar musicianship causes this LP to be instantly replayable, bound to suck you back in over and over between its head-bobbing choruses and intriguing lyrics. Standout tracks include “Gone,” “Conduit,” and “Double Helix.” Shapeshifter will capture listeners of Like Pacific, Homesafe, and The Story So Far. Click here to listen.
Movements – Feel Something
Movements’ debut album Feel Something will certainly make you feel something. This long-player hurts in the best way possible. As the artwork implies, Feel Something is haunting, dark, and raw, destined to keep your head spinning for hours to come when the closer ends. Standout tracks include “Colorblind,” “The Grey,” “Under the Gun,” and “Daylily.” Feel Something is sure to satisfy followers of Seahaven, Turnover, and Citizen. Click here to listen.
Wolf Parade – Cry Cry Cry
Cry Cry Cry, the fourth full-length album from indie rockers Wolf Parade, serves up some delectable tunes characterized by raucous distortion and gleaming synths, supporting the interesting melodies and effortlessly impressive vocal performances. Standout tracks include “Valley Boy,” “You’re Dreaming,” and “King of Piss and Paper.” Cry Cry Cry is sure to interest fans of Spoon, Islands, and Divine Fits. Click here to listen.
After signing to Equal Vision Records in 2016, Coldfront issues their debut full-length titled Float Around, an energetic pop punk listen that is bound to turn heads in the scene. The opening half busts down the door and shakes you by the shoulders as the album fluctuates cohesively from more aggressive moments to calmer serenades. Standout tracks include “Everything You Want Me to Be,” “So Typical,” “Float Around,” and “Natalie.” Float Around will appeal to listeners of Neck Deep, State Champs, and Grayscale. Click here to listen.
The Front Bottoms – Going Grey
Going Grey marks a change of pace for The Front Bottoms, signifying a tonal shift to a more colorful array of electronic tinges throughout their indie pop rock blend. Still retaining their organic instrumentation, The Front Bottoms crafts a savory kaleidoscope of sounds begging for repeated listens. Standout tracks include “Vacation Town,” “Peace Sign,” and “You Used to Say (Holy F**k).” Going Grey is bound to attract listeners of The Mowgli’s, Slow Bullet, and Magic Giant. Click here to listen.
ROAM – Great Heights & Nosedives
Just one year following their debut album, Hopeless Records signees ROAM make a splash with their sophomore long-player release titled Great Heights & Nosedives, outlined by soaring vocal performances, upbeat percussion, and saccharine guitar work. Standout tracks include “Playing Fiction,” “Alive,” “Flatline,” and “The Rich Life of a Poor Man.” Great Heights & Nosedives will capture fans of WSTR, Neck Deep, and State Champs. Click here to listen.
MORE GREAT ALBUMS
Standout tracks include “Brat,” “Philly Heartbreak Song,” and “Left Handed.” Love Jail is for fans of Mitski, Slow Bullet, and Julien Baker. Click here to listen.
Standout tracks include “Kate,” “Game Boy Color,” and “Monster Gorp.” Downhill is for fans of Glass Towers, Guide Dog, and Remo Drive. Click here to listen.
Standout tracks include “Dear Life,” “Up All Night,” and “Colors.” Colors is for fans of Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Weezer, and Smallpools. Click here to listen.
Stick to Your Guns – True View
Standout tracks include “Married to the Noise,” “The Sun, the Moon, the Truth: ‘Penance of Self’,” and “Cave Canem.” True View is for fans of Stray from the Path, Trapped Under Ice, and Counterparts. Click here to listen.
New Politics – Lost in Translation
Standout tracks include “One of Us,” “Lifeboat,” and “Tell Your Dad (feat. Rivers Cuomo).” Lost in Translation is for fans of The Griswolds, Finish Ticket, and Vinyl Theatre. Click here to listen.
Standout tracks include “Over and Over Again,” “Selfies in Aleppo,” and “Rise Up Lights.” The Canyon is for fans of Taking Back Sunday, Bayside, and Anberlin. Click here to listen.
Hotel Books – Equivalency
Standout tracks include “Celebration,” “I Knew Better, but Did Nothing,” and “I’m Almost Happy Here.” Equivalency is for fans of Casey Bolles, Kyle Fasel, and Levi the Poet. Click here to listen.
Weezer – Pacific Daydream
Standout tracks include “Mexican Fender,” “Sweet Mary,” and “La Mancha Screwjob.” Pacific Daydream is for fans of Best Coast, Big Data, and The Mowgli’s. Click here to listen.
Standout tracks include “Truck,” “Chewing Gum,” and “17 Years.” Chew is for fans of Modern Baseball, Moose Blood, and Brand New. Click here to listen.
The Polarity – Hurts So Good
Standout tracks include “// No Different Than You //,” “// Cigarette Burns //,” and “// Runaway //.” Hurts So Good is for fans of Vinyl Theatre, Catfish and the Bottlemen, and Knox Hamilton. Click here to listen.
World War Me – World War Me
Standout tracks include “War Zone,” “Break a Leg, Kid,” and “Mr. Misery.” World War Me is for fans of ROAM, Seaway, and WSTR. Click here to listen.
We Came As Romans – Cold Like War
Standout tracks include “Cold Like War,” “Lost in the Moment,” and “Wasted Age.” Cold Like War is for fans of Our Last Night, A Skylit Drive, and Crown the Empire. Click here to listen.
Standout tracks include “No Money,” “Invite Me In,” and “They’re Not Me.” Mirror Touch is for fans of Broods, Oh Wonder, and HONNE. Click here to listen.
Thousand Below – The Love You Let Too Close
Standout tracks include “No Place Like You,” “Sleepless,” and “Sinking Me.” The Love You Let Too Close is for fans of Counterparts, Stick to Your Guns, and Too Close to Touch. Click here to listen.
Oh, Weatherly – Make You Bright
Standout tracks include “Make You Bright,” “Six Feet,” and “Say You’re My Friend.” Make You Bright is for fans of Every Avenue, The All-American Rejects, and With Confidence. Click here to listen.
The Band Royale – Delusions of Grandeur
Standout tracks include “Dying in California” and “Who’s Got It Better.” Delusions of Grandeur is for fans of, um, Foo Fighters, Wolfmother, and Glass Towers. Click here to listen.
Heavy Hearts – On a Chain
Standout tracks include “Easy Mark,” “Unravel (Your Love),” and “Headroom.” On a Chain is for fans of Citizen, Movements, and Balance and Composure. Click here to listen.
Kill the Ideal – Kill the Ideal
Standout tracks include “Dangerous!,” “Know Your Name,” and “Crazy.” Kill the Ideal is for fans of Nothing More, Nothing But Thieves, and Our Walking Hour. Click here to listen.
Standout tracks include “The Great Divide,” “Tooth & Nail,” and “Stray Bullets.” Tooth & Nail is for fans of Expire, Trapped Under Ice, and Stick to Your Guns. Click here to listen.
New Chums – See It for Myself
Standout tracks include “Come On, Come On,” “Cave In,” and “Disposable Music.” See It for Myself is for fans of Beach Weather, LEDGES, and Bad Suns. Click here to listen.
Standout tracks include “POISON,” “SLEEP,” and “BONES.” SLEEP is for fans of Thousand Below, The News Can Wait, and Hail the Sun. Click here to listen.
Hold Close – I’ll Never Go Back
Standout tracks include “Autumn,” “Bloom,” and “Blue Dream.” I’ll Never Go Back is for fans of Coldfront, Seaway, and Homesafe. Click here to listen.
Brian Clifford Dowling – Learning to Laugh Again
Standout tracks include “Eternal Defeatist,” “Learning to Laugh Again,” and “Show Your Cards.” Learning to Laugh Again is for fans of Dave Hause, Front Porch Step (ugh), and Casey Bolles. Click here to listen.
Shine Bright – More Wild Than the Wind
Standout tracks include “Remorse,” “More Wild Than the Wind,” and “Grow Up.” More Wild Than the Wind is for fans of Like Ghosts, What We Lost, and Counterparts. Click here to listen.
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