This Tuesday will quickly go from eh to awesome with these new releases.
How To Dress Well
How To Dress Well’s, new album What Is This Heart has finally arrived, two years on the heels of his sophomore hit, Total Loss. Tom Krell is a smooth operator of genres, with a musical back catalog that spans everything from metal and emo pop to the lo-fi R&B and chillwave that he’s become known for. This album is no exception. What Is This Heart contemplates its title question in delicate acoustic guitar and piano-backed themes and crawling, electronically induced landscapes. Reflection and hazy nostalgia hang heavy in the background, and will inspire a similar effect. Stream it on Spotify here.
If you’re feeling like it’s a wine over water kinda day, Bad Suns might be your new best friend. Today marks the debut of their first album, Language & Perspective, produced by Eric Palmquist (who also worked with Wavves, Trash Talk, and The Mars Volta). The California-bred quartet serves up an utterly feel-good chunk of songs infused with their home state’s 24/7 incentive to dance, surf, and swim. We have to hand it to this talented group for timing their debut with the start of summer. The band will be opening for New Politics on their Ones To Watch with Skype tour this fall, find tickets here.
Today marks the release of Ab Soul’s sophomore album These Days… Ab Soul, a member of L.A.’s Black Hippy hip-hop collective, wastes no time in bringing out his friends for a collaboration-stacked tracklist. The album opens with a haunting overture featuring Ones To Watch favorite SZA singing the chorus. Other artists who step up for featured spots include Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Danny Brown, and Jhené Aiko. Listen above.
Peter Matthew Bauer
If you ever wondered what the ex-members of The Walkmen are up to, or alternately, what Tom Petty in an ashram by the beach sounds like - Peter Matthew Bauer sheds light with his new solo album Liberation! out today. The former Walkmen bassist and organist takes us through a spiritually-tinged jaunt on his album that melds folk, blues, and beach-rock and reveals his uniquely Petty-esque vocals for unsuspecting fans. You can stream it on Spotify here or at Pitchfork Advance for a few more hours.