These albums will give you all the fall feels
Everyone always wants to be the first in their friend group to introduce the next best band or song. Don’t deny that you don’t. We all do. Well, here is a list of fall albums that will crown you the go-to DJ for every road trip from now on.
“Lotta Sea Lice” – Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
Why it’s so good: It’s the perfect album for a cruise down Highway 1. These two indie rockers come together for a record full of sunny guitars and matter-of-fact lyrics that are sure to brighten your mood and get you out of those midterm blues.
What critics are saying: “Barnett and Vile’s first collaborative album together, makes for a remarkably sublime pairing that brings out the best in each artist, an unexpected gem that sits near the top of either’s discography” – David Sackllah, consequenceofsound.com.
Featured Tracks: “Over Everything,” “Continental Breakfast”
“The Ooz” – King Krule
Why it’s so good: Archy Marshall, a.k.a. King Krule, returns after 2013’s “6 Feet Beneath The Moon” with his signature jazzy guitar riffs and vicious snarl. This album is perfect for those moody moments in life or maybe a late-night drive. The dark and sometimes spooky tracks came at the perfect time for Halloween.
What students are saying: “I love the new album, because I can see his growth in the album, and I always loving seeing that throughout artist’s works. And his new album is just so real and raw, and I love it when artists of all kinds aren’t afraid to be real and raw for the sake of creating something beautiful.” — Kat Damschen, freshman art major.
Featured Tracks: “Czech One,” “The Ooz”
“Aromanticism” – Moses Sumney
Why it’s so good: He has one of the most unique voices I’ve ever heard, and he knows how to use it. His dream-like tracks will whisk you away from all your worries with its smooth guitar and orchestral feel. I feel like currently there isn’t anyone doing what he is doing, and nowadays, that’s a pretty special thing.
Featured Tracks: “Plastic,” “Don’t Bother Calling”
“Turn Out The Lights” – Julien Baker
Why you should listen: As a gay, Christian songwriter from Nashville, TN Baker uses her confessional style music to reflect on the issues surrounding her life. Her highly vulnerable lyrics and minimalistic instrumentals work well in delivering emotional and insightful songs for the people.
What critics are saying: “She writes sparse, devastating ballads and sings them with a voice that’s both richly melodic and disarmingly natural. Her lyrics chronicle sadness, doubts, self-destructive urges, frail physical and mental health and a constant reckoning with faith.” – John Pareles, New York Times.
Featured Tracks: “Appointments,” “Turn Out the Lights”
“Universal Country” – Honey Harper
Why you should listen: I don’t think I’ve ever heard a country song that has made me feel so many emotions as “Pharaoh” from Harper’s upcoming EP. If I close my eyes while listening to Harper, I can picture myself riding my trusty horse through the open range, herding cattle like a true cowboy. Or something like that.
What record labels say: “Honey Harper is both an old and a new project. The songs were written in the past three years but they’ve been around for much longer. They resist temporality and eschew spatial specificity. Whether they were written on a lake in northern Ontario, a haunted hotel room in Atlanta, or in a car at 5 a.m. in east London makes little difference as they all reside within.” – Arbutus Records, Harper’s label.
Featured Tracks: “Pharaoh,” “Secret”
“Low In High School” – Morrissey
Why you should listen: Well, because it’s Morrissey. Duh. The former Smiths front man has one of the most recognizable voices and styles in the music industry. This style has made him a legend in the eyes of hipsters and music geeks and for good reason; he’s just really cool, and he’s consistent about it. The catchy melodies and gloomy lyrics make for an interesting result that is hard to get out of your head, and will instantly make you feel like you’re a character in “Perks of Being a Wallflower.”
Featured Tracks: “Spent the Day In Bed,” “I Wish You Lonely”