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!

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July 2017 Alt Col Picks

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

  • HAIM – Something to Tell You

Four years after their trailblazing debut album, HAIM returns with yet another striking release. With a sound that is familiar yet fresh, Something to Tell You digs its roots in ’80s-inspired pop rock with crisp, modern production quality. Between catchy hooks and diverse instrumentation, this three-sister act has something to say. Standout tracks include “Little of Your Love,” “Kept Me Crying,” and “Right Now.” Something to Tell You will appeal to fans of Heart of Gold, The Wombats, and Fun.

  • The Gospel Youth – Always Lose

Energetic percussion and gritty guitar melodies characterize The Gospel Youth’s debut effort titled Always Lose, and it’s nothing short of a triumph. The album is defined by passionate vocals, cultivated lyrics, and syrupy riffs that are bound to get stuck in your head for days. Standout tracks include “Kids,” “Moods Like English Weather,” and “Tired Eyes and Heavy Hearts.” Always Lose is sure to attract followers of The Early November, Sleep On It, and The Dangerous Summer.

  • Foster the People – Sacred Hearts Club

Foster the People returns with their pop sensibility and a desire to innovate on their new record Sacred Hearts Club. The band moves farther into groovy, funk-styled territory, showered with glimmering synths and cool guitar diapasons, but also showing signs of experimentation with trap inflections throughout the mix. Standout tracks include “Pay the Man,” “Sit Next to Me,” and “Doing It for the Money.” Sacred Hearts Club will capture listeners of Portugal. The Man, Passion Pit, and Atlas Genius.

  • Eternal Boy – Awkward Phase

The upbeat pop rock of Awkward Phase is explosive, nostalgic, and undoubtedly engaging. With teenage reminiscence, reflection on life changes, and references to pop punk veterans like Tom DeLonge, Eternal Boy crafts an album that is entertaining and yet fondly introspective. Standout tracks include “Growing Pains,” “We Still Have Our Stories,” and “Awkward Phase.” Awkward Phase is sure to interest fans of Neck Deep, State Champs, and Real Friends.

  • Goldfinger – The Knife

With the help of pop punk troupers like Travis Barker, Mike Herrera, Philip Sneed, and Luke Hemmings, John Feldmann issues out his first Goldfinger full-length effort in nine years titled The Knife. Ska-esque moments and spirited pop rock cuts compose the track listing on this comeback record. Standout tracks include “Put the Knife Away,” “Who’s Laughing Now,” “A Million Miles,” and “See You Around.” The Knife will appeal to listeners of Sum 41, blink-182, and Less Than Jake.

  • The Technicolors – Metaphysical

Raucous distortion and lively percussion outline The Technicolors’ latest long-player, which is aptly named Metaphysical. This album is construed by transcendent musicality, distinct vocal delivery, and memorable melodies, making for a delectable alt-rock listen. Standout tracks include “Neon Roses,” “Congratulations, You’re a Doll, and “Sweat.” Metaphysical is sure to satisfy followers of The Noise FM, Cage the Elephant, and Divine Fits.

  • Picturesque – Back to Beautiful

Rock band Picturesque unleashes their debut full-length detailed by hard-hitting guitar refrains and thunderous vocal performances. Through impassioned yells, lively drumming, and stirring lyrics, Back to Beautiful will shake you by the shoulders … and you’ll love every minute of it. Standout tracks include “Honestly,” “New Face,” “Believe,” and “Without You.” Back to Beautiful will capture fans of Too Close to Touch, Stolas, and Our Last Night.

  • Joywave – Content

The entrancing allure of Content attests to Joywave’s potent songwriting and stylistic charm. Joywave expands upon their jangly instrumentation to broaden a smooth indie rock terrain the band comfortably dominates. The catchy melodies and mesmerizing enticement causes this release to be undeniably spellbinding. Standout tracks include “It’s a Trip!,” “Going to a Place,” “Shutdown,” and “Thanks. Thanks for Coming.” Content is bound to attract listeners of Atlas Genius, Foals, and Mutemath.

  • Guide Dog – Lovely Domestic Bliss

Moody and granular, this experimental alt-rock solo project embodies intensity and aptitude. Lovely Domestic Bliss is vigorous and electric through its robust, gutsy anthems and boisterous choruses, but the more casual moments provide this album its dynamicity. Standout tracks include “I Am the Daddy,” “Lovely Domestic Bliss,” and “Sir Yes Sir.” Lovely Domestic Bliss will appeal to followers of Glass Towers, Car Seat Headrest, and Remo Drive.

  • Coast Modern – Coast Modern

No automatic alt text available.The savory, charismatic intonation of Coast Modern’s alt-pop self-titled debut is certainly captivating and evidently fun. The amalgam of genres displayed on this LP are perfectly melded together for a smooth, enjoyable listen constituted by sing-along choruses and interesting instrumentation. Standout tracks include “Dive,” “Pockets Full of No,” “The Way It Was,” and “Guru.” Coast Modern will satisfy listeners of Grouplove, Geographer, and Foster the People.


MORE GREAT ALBUMS & EXTENDED PLAYS
  • Broken Social Scene – Hug of Thunder

Mellow indie alternative bliss. Standout tracks include “Hug of Thunder,” “Halfway Home,” and “Skyline.” For fans of The Decemberists, The Mountain Goats, and My Morning Jacket.

  • The Vamps – Night & Day (Night Edition)

I mean, it’s pop but it’s good (guitar-driven) pop. Standout tracks include “My Place,” “Hands (with Mike Perry & Sabrina Carpenter),” and “It’s a Lie (feat. Tini).” For fans of Before You Exit, New Hope Club, and Masketta Fall.

  • Milk Teeth – Be Nice (EP)

Angsty rock with strong vocals. Standout tracks include “Owning Your Okayness and “Prism,” but the entire EP is great! For fans of Muskets, Wolf Alice, and Sleater-Kinney.

  • Us and Us Only – Full Flower

Captivating yet melancholy indie rock. Standout tracks include “My Mouth,” “Bored of Black,” and “After Halloween Slump.” For fans of Local Natives, Deerhunter, and Grizzly Bear.

  • Canadian Softball – Awkward & Depressed

Satirical alternative pop punk metal indie rock…? It’s a (hilarious) mixed bag. Standout tracks include “Ohio Is for Emo Kids,” “Your Validation,” and “Mathematical.” For fans of Sunrise Skater Kids, Amidst the Grave’s Demons, and, well, Jarrod Alonge.

  • Oh Wonder – Ultralife

Experimental electronic/synth indie alternative. Standout tracks include “High on Humans,” “Ultralife,” and “Bigger Than Love.” For fans of HONNE, Broods, and The xx.

  • Arcade Fire – Everything Now

Groovy, ’80s-inspired smooth alternative vibes. Standout tracks include “Electric Blue,” “Everything Now,” and “Signs of Life.” For fans of NONONO, HAIM, and ABBA. (So many all-caps bands!)

  • People Like You – Verse

Unique and expressive indie rock with a jazzy touch. Standout tracks include “Variations on an Aria,” “Thumbnail,” and “Hackensack Hospital.” For fans of Dryjacket, Cold Fronts, and Daytona.

  • Silverstein – Dead Reflection

Impassioned rock with gripping melodies and lyrics. Standout tracks include “Retrograde,” “The Afterglow,” and “Ghost.” For fans of A Skylit Drive, Too Close to Touch, and Dance Gavin Dance.

  • Naturalist – Everything in Rotation

Poignant indie rock with a balance of soft and loud moments. Standout tracks include “Dwell,” “Patterns, Behaviors,” and “Mainstay.” For fans of From Indian Lakes, Driver Friendly, and Glass Towers.

  • The News Can Wait – The News Can Wait (EP)

Animated rock with underlying estrangement. Standout tracks include “Demonstrations and “Black Gold,” but the whole EP is stellar! For fans of Hail the Sun, A Lot Like Birds, and Stolas.

  • A Summer High – Pretty Little Liar (EP)

Pop rock that (unfortunately) keeps its 5SOS influence a little too on-the-nose… Standout tracks include “Do You Remember” and “Pretty Little Liar.” For fans of All Time Low, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Far Too Young.


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