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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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!