It seems as though every week we are flooded with exciting new music from artists big and small, with even more releases on the horizon. Our DJs know what’s what, so here’s everything we’ve been spinning the most over the last seven days.
Top 5 Charts:
1.) Mess – Learning How To Talk
[From previous week] This Kansas City quartet has its roots in a KU dorm room, where Allison Gliesman started recording music on an iPhone. The group takes real struggles and gives them a real spin that will not only make these topics digestible, but enjoyable. Prepare to get swallowed in the beauty that is pain.
2.) Broken Social Scene –Let’s Try The After Vol. 1 & 2
“Bigger than the sum of it’s parts” is a phrase that fits Broken Social Scene in many ways. It rings true for their album releases spanning 15+ years, the many talented musicians that make up the band, and most of all the subtle melodies that come together in all of their songs that truly make them one of a kind. Let’s Try The After is a collection of 2 EPs released this year, and shows the band pushing themselves to both new heights and sounds.
3.) Priests – The Seduction of Kansas
[From previous week] A punk band from Washington DC with today’s governmental leadership is undoubtedly going to have some politically charged lyrics. Priests has absolutely seduced our lovely mid-western state with beautifully blended elements of dance and punk on songs cleverly written to reflect on what exactly comprises the current definition of American identity.
4.) Bibio – Ribbons
Stephen Wilkinson, the self-taught multi-instrumentalist behind Bibio, is back with a follow up to the 2016 album, AMineral Love. The album is a special combination of homages to 60’s and 70’s folk, psychedelia, and soul music from across the globe. It’d be unfair to simply categorize Ribbons in its entirety as just an homage, as Wilkinson’s organic touch brings all of these sounds together to create something truly unique, and truly beautiful.
5.) Fontaines D.C. –Dogrel
Punk music in many forms is inherently tied to the place where the sounds are created. Whether those sounds are a product of disdain, disgust, or dissatisfaction, you can learn a lot about the surroundings and upbringing of a band based on what they have to say about the place they live. In the case of Fontaines D.C., this place is Dublin, Ireland. The themes on this album go far beyond just criticism of the town and country however, as frontman Grian Chatten goes on to express just how important the act of self-preservation is in today’s society.