On The Record
Mar 24, 2015
Every Tuesday, hundreds of new albums are released all over the world. And every Tuesday, we find ourselves searching Spotify, Soundcloud, and iTunes trying to figure out how to stream all of our favorites. But now everyone can stop doing that, because each week we’re rounding up the best batch of new music in one easy place — complete with streaming links, so all you have to do is press play. You’re welcome.
Laura Marling, Short Movie: If all you feel like doing today is curling up under the covers, then let the U.K. singer and songwriter’s fifth album be your soundtrack. It’s a strummy, stripped-down confessional that you’ll want to play again and again.
Banks, Goddess (Remixes): Banks released her debut album last fall, and needless to say, Goddess has been on loop pretty much ever since. Now the L.A. singer is giving us a second helping of her polished dark-pop sound with an album stocked entirely with remixes of old favorites. So if the original record is your weekday go-to, get ready to swap it out for this revamped version come Friday night.
Sufjan Stevens, Carrie Lowell: The master is at it again with his latest release, a genre-hopping ode to his late mother and father. As expected, it’s equal parts heart wrenching and complex and absolutely gorgeous. Press play and listen to it in its entirety now (but maybe grab your tissue box first!).
Lower Dens, Escape From Evil: Although Lower Dens doesn’t officially drop their album until next week, the band has given us a first listen a few days early. Featuring plenty of space-rounding synths, lovelorn lyrics, and brooding, thoughtful vibes, it’s art rock at its finest –and weirdest.
Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit: Didn’t think Australian country rock was a thing? Think again, because Melbourne musician Courtney Barnett is about to change all that with her debut album. Packed with guitar riffs, head-bobbing choruses, and plenty of attitude, the record is the perfect springtime jam — no matter where you live.
Only Real, Jerk At The End Of The Line: He’s been sporadically dropping spunky, rough-and-tumble tracks like “Cadillac Girl” and “Pass The Pain,” over the past few years, but this week London’s Niall Galvin has finally bestowed his debut album upon the world. If you like fun with a hint of rebellion (and who doesn’t?) then you’ll love this.
- BANKS, COURTESY OF HARVEST RECORDS