Everything Everything // Get to Heaven
When I saw the critically acclaimed art rock band at SoundCity in May, I’m ashamed to say they washed over my head a bit; it wasn’t until I heard No Reptiles that I gave this band a proper chance, and I’ve been hooked since then. Lyrically, the album deals with current affairs and documents the self-destruction of human kind, addressing issues such as the rise of the far right and the manipulative media, and that’s why the album works. This also allows them to distinguish themselves from their counterparts, who are often too afraid the tackle the injustice of our political systems and thus alienate themselves from their listeners.
Girlpool // Before the World Was Big
Having fallen fast and hard for their first EP, I waited in eager anticipation for their debut album, and I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed. The album is beautifully simple and employs only the bare minimum of chords and notes, and yet this raw quality to the music serves to prove to us that Girlpool are truly skilled. The album epitomises youthful longing and insecurity, as well as addressing the crossover between childhood and adulthood. This album is probably my favourite of this month and I can’t wait to see what they do next.
Slaves // Are You Satisfied?
In Are You Satisfied?, the London duo effectively and unapologetically channel their despair and disappointment into an album charged with energy and longing. They attack the monotony of modern day life, bemoaning the obsession with material objects, “Put another O on your paycheck / Are you done digging your grave yet?” they ask on Cheer Up London. Each track calls for the listener to break away from routine and make the most of every opportunity in order to escape our oppressive, capitalist society.
Tame Impala // Currents
As much as I adored the first two albums from the infamous rock band, I was glad to see them head in a new direction and, indeed, change is a major theme in Currents. Currents is memorable in that it feels as if we have undergone a journey into the centre of the somewhat tortured mind of an individual, each track is as intense and personal as the last. I suppose my only issue with this album would be that it was something of a “grower”, it took me five or six listens for me to fully appreciate the album, but once I’d gotten into it, I was in deep.