October 2017 Alt Col Picks

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!

  • Citizen – As You Please

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.

  • Coldfront – Float Around

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
  • Julia Louise – Love Jail

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.

  • Cheem – Downhill

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.

  • Beck – Colors

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.

  • The Used – The Canyon

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.

  • Muskets – Chew

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.

  • Wild Ones – Mirror Touch

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.

 


Extended Plays
  • 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.

  • COPE – Tooth & Nail

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.

  • LIMBS – SLEEP

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.


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

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September 2017 Alt Col Picks

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

  • Nothing But Thieves – Broken Machine

Two years after their boisterous debut album, Nothing But Thieves returns with yet another pounding release. Broken Machine is characterized by thunderous percussion, deafening guitar riffs, and soaring vocal performances from Conor Mason that are undoubtedly unforgettable. Standout tracks include “Amsterdam,” “Sorry,” and “I’m Not Made By Design.” Broken Machine will appeal to fans of Twin Atlantic, Don Broco, and Night Riots. Click here to listen.

  • MUTEMATH – Play Dead

Energetic synths and creamy guitar melodies define MUTEMATH’s fifth studio effort titled Play Dead, and it’s nothing less than lively and animated. The album is outlined by passionate vocals, cultivated lyrics, and syrupy riffs that are destined to send you into a trance. Standout tracks include “Hit Parade,” “Stroll On,” and “Break the Fever.” Play Dead is sure to attract followers of Two Door Cinema Club, Grizfolk, and POP ETC. Click here to listen.

  • Seaway – Vacation

Seaway recrudesces with their pop punk sensibility and a desire to explore on their new record Vacation. Calibrated musicianship and captivating songwriting causes this LP to be easily replayable and bound to get stuck in your head between its head-bobbing choruses and intriguing lyrics. Standout tracks include “Apartment,” “Something Wonderful,” and “Lula on the Beach.” Vacation will capture listeners of Broadside, Neck Deep, and State Champs. Click here to listen.

  • The National – Sleep Well Beast

Nearly two decades into their musical career, indie rockers The National recharges with Sleep Well Beast, a buoyant display of vibrant instrumentation and introspective lyricism. The crunchy guitar riff of “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” is an undeniable earworm, a term which can also describe the majority of this release. Standout tracks include “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness,” “Guilty Party,” and “Nobody Else Will Be There.” Sleep Well Beast is sure to interest fans of Local Natives, Vampire Weekend, and The War on Drugs. Click here to listen.

  • Alvvays – Antisocialites

Hazy indie pop rock reaches new heights on Alvvays’s sophomore addition, Antisocialites. Leisurely moments like “In Undertow” and “Dreams Tonite” pack a punch while still offering the daydreamy feeling of floating on clouds, proving this group can dominant diverse realms of indie rock. Standout tracks include “In Undertow,” “Dreams Tonite,” “Plimsoll Punks,” and “Lollipop (Ode to Jim).” Antisocialites will appeal to listeners of girlpool, Beach House, and Real Estate. Click here to listen.

  • Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life

Raucous distortion and savory percussion outline Wolf Alice’s latest long-player, which is named Visions of a Life. This album is construed by transcendent musicality, distinct vocal delivery, and memorable melodies, making for a delectable alt-rock listen. Standout tracks include “Heavenward,” “Yuk Foo, and “Don’t Delete the Kisses.” Visions of a Life is sure to satisfy followers of Warpaint, Telegram, and The Vaccines. Click here to listen.

  • The Killers – Wonderful Wonderful

Alt-rock veterans The Killers craft something truly wonderful on their most recent release titled Wonderful Wonderful. Through mesmerizing guitar refrains, thought-provoking libretto, and groovy, soulful operatic performances, this record is sure to spin on repeat for a long time to come. Standout tracks include “The Man,” “Wonderful Wonderful,” “Run for Cover,” and “The Calling.” Wonderful Wonderful will capture fans of Keane, Muse, and Kings of Leon. Click here to listen.

  • Makeout – The Good Life

With songwriting assistance from 5SOS members Ashton Irwin and Calum Hood, Makeout’s debut LP The Good Life certainly wears its influences on its sleeve. After changing their name from Trophy Wives to Makeout, the band also made a stylistic shift towards more accessible pop rock constituted by upbeat choruses and tongue-in-cheek lyricism. Standout tracks include “Childish,” “Ride It Out,” “Clockwork,” and “You Can’t Blame Me.” The Good Life is bound to attract listeners of All Time Low, 5 Seconds of Summer, and With Confidence. Click here to listen.

  • Counterparts – You’re Not You Anymore

Moody and granular, this hard-hitting metalcore project from Counterparts embodies intensity and aptitude. You’re Not You Anymore is vigorous and electric through its robust, gutsy anthems and vehement choruses, but the more creeping moments provide this album its tenacity. Standout tracks include “No Servant of Mine,” “Swim Beneath My Skin,” and “Bouquet.” You’re Not You Anymore will appeal to followers of While She Sleeps, Trophy Eyes, and The Ghost Inside. Click here to listen.

  • TWIABP&IANLATD – Always Foreign

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die returns on Always Foreign with spirited singalong hooks and spry drum cadences, as well as more downtrodden intonations and hypnotic vocal exhibitions. Standout tracks include “The Future,” “I’ll Make Everything,” “Marine Tigers,” and “Gram.” Always Foreign will satisfy listeners of Joyce Manor, Modern Baseball, and Pity Sex. Click here to listen.


MORE GREAT ALBUMS
  • Foo Fighters – Concrete & Gold

Standout tracks include “Run,” “The Sky Is A Neighborhood,” and “The Line.” For fans of Smashing Pumpkins, Queens of the Stone Age, and Audioslave. Click here to listen.

  • Circa Survive – The Amulet

Standout tracks include “Lustration,” “The Amulet,” and “Premonition of the Hex.” For fans of Saosin, A Lot Like Birds, and I the Mighty. Click here to listen.

  • Nothing More – The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Standout tracks include “Go to War,” “Let ‘Em Burn,” and “Fade In/Fade Out.” For fans of Sleepwave, Our Walking Hour, and The Family Ruin. Click here to listen.

  • Being As An Ocean – Waiting for Morning to Come

Standout tracks include “Black & Blue,” “Dissolve,” and “Waiting for Morning to Come.” For fans of La Dispute, Have Mercy, and Hotel Books. Click here to listen.

  • LEDGES – Homecoming

Standout tracks include “All Right,” “Teenage Daydream,” and “New York.” For fans of Catfish and the Bottlemen, Divine Fits, and Atlas Genius. Click here to listen.

  • The Lone Bellow – Walk Into a Storm

Standout tracks include “Time’s Always Leaving,” “Deeper in the Water,” and “Walk Into a Storm.” For fans of The Head and the Heart, Muddy Magnolias, and Little Chief. Click here to listen.

  • Prawn – Run

Standout tracks include “Hunter,” “Snake Oil Salesman,” and “Leopard’s Paw.” For fans of Deer Leap, Foxing, and Dowsing. Click here to listen.

  • Jaws of Love. – Tasha Sits Close To the Piano

Standout tracks include “Hawaiian License Plates,” “Love Me Like I’m Gone,” and “Jaws of Love.” For fans of Local Natives, Yellow Ostrich and Land of Talk. Click here to listen.

  • Camp Cope – Camp Cope

Standout tracks include “Lost (Season One),” “Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Beams,” and “Done.” For fans of Varsity, Cayetana, and Waax. Click here to listen.

  • Across the Atlantic – Works of Progress

Standout tracks include “Playing for Keeps,” “Sundress Funeral,” and “24 Hours.” For fans of A Day to Remember, Mayday Parade, and I Prevail. Click here to listen.

  • The Movielife – Cities In Search of a Heart

Standout tracks include “Mercy Is Asleep At the Wheel,” “Ghosts In the Photographs,” and “Lake Superior.” For fans of New Found Glory, I Am the Avalanche, and Alkaline Trio. Click here to listen.

  • Looming – Seed

Standout tracks include “Down,” “Tried & True,” and “Leaves.” For fans of Slow Bullet, Dryjacket, and American Football. Click here to listen.

 


Extended Plays
  • 7 Minutes in Heaven – Symmetry

Standout tracks include “Symmetry,” “LOTL,” and “Better Off.” For fans of State Champs, Face Value, and (old) Fall Out Boy. Click here to listen.

  • Joseph – Stay Awake

Standout tracks include “All,” “Lifted Away,” and “Moonlight Mile.” For fans of Penny & Sparrow, Fortunes, and Jillian Edwards. Click here to listen.

  • LAYNE – Wednesday

Standout tracks include “The Fog,” “!!! Omg !!!,” and “The Andes.” For fans of The 1975, Chase Atlantic, and LANY. Click here to listen.

  • Ysgol Sul – Eventide

Standout tracks include “Silhouette,” “Promise Me,” and “Dwell.” For fans of Dryjacket, People Like You, and Moose Blood. Click here to listen.

  • Stand Atlantic – Sidewinder

Standout tracks include “Sidewinder,” “Push,” and “Chemicals.” For fans of Knuckle Puck, Forever Starts Today, and Tonight Alive. Click here to listen.

  • High Wire – Different Places

Standout tracks include “Different Places (ft. Zech Pluister),” “Something in the Way,” and “Count On Me.” For fans of Sleep On It, Seaway, and Mayday Parade. Click here to listen.

  • Life Lessons – Best When In Motion

Standout tracks include “Attention to Detail,” “Control,” and “Without Looking Back.” For fans of Knuckle Puck, Sleep On It, and Bonfires. Click here to listen.

  • The Neighbourhood – Hard

Standout tracks include “24/7,” “You Get Me So High,” and “Sadderdaze.” For fans of BØRNS, Jaymes Young, and Arctic Monkeys. Click here to listen.

  • Good Old War – Part of Me

Standout tracks include “Part of Me,” “How Did You Find Me?,” and “The River.” For fans of The Oh Hellos, Twin Forks, and Rend Collective. Click here to listen.

  • Sleepy Limbs – Sleepy Limbs

Standout tracks include “Sweet and Sour,” “Sunspot Eyes,” and “Out of Body.” For fans of Slow Bullet, The Social Animals, and Woolbright. Click here to listen.

 

  • Echosmith – Inside a Dream

Standout tracks include “Get Into My Car,” “Lessons,” and “18.” For fans of Against the Current, HAIM, and Bleachers. Click here to listen.

 

  • Bearings – Nothing Here Is Permanent

Standout tracks include “North Hansen,” “Petrichor,” and “Letters Home.” For fans of A Will Away, Cold Climb It, and Sleep On It. Click here to listen.

  • Thank the Academy – Navigation

Image may contain: ocean, water and outdoorStandout tracks include “Navigation,” “Breathe,” and “Aboveboard.” For fans of Chase This City, Far Too Young, and Face Value. Click here to listen.

  • The Wonder Years – Burst & Decay (An Acoustic EP)

Standout tracks include “There, There,” “Cardinals,” and “Dismantling Summer.” For fans of Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties, Citizen, and Turnover. Click here to listen.


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