Noteworthy album & EP releases:
The Love That’s Ours, The Big Pink
OO1, Maude Latour
Makes Me Sick Makes Me Smile, Pretty Sick
Spirit Mission, Sure Sure
In chronological order:
‘This Is Why” – Paramore
Release date – September 28
While I was a Paramore stan when I was 13 or 14-years-old, I personally haven’t connected with their music since the 2009 release Brand New Eyes (wow, saying that makes me feel incredibly old). But I did really enjoy a lot of Haley’s solo work, and every time they come back and announce something new, I pay attention. I instantly became obsessed with their newest single, “This Is Why,” which drops ahead of their next album, out in February 2023.
“This Is Why” explores the anxiety that comes along with leaving your home in 2022: there is tragedy, drama, and politics seemingly everywhere you turn once you’re out in the real world. Why would anyone want to leave? It’s an interesting question to pose, especially after all of us being stuck inside on and off for the past two years. While I’m a sucker for a good mental health walk, “This Is Why” really does question if I ever want to leave my home again, which means it’s a pretty convincing track.
“Hindsight” – Jake Wesley Rogers
Release date – September 30
A theme in music that always makes me #emo is one where you’re talking about reminiscing on the past and wishing you were able to conquer the things that were holding you back. This is exactly what Jake Wesley Rogers’ new single “Hindsight” achieves perfectly, and why I connect with it so heavily.
Jake, who’s been on the rise for the past year or so, most recently earning a spot touring with Panic! At The Disco, has been consistently releasing show tunes-adjacent bangers, including my personal favorite “Middle of Love.” I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: JWR is on his way to becoming the next Elton John.
“Yeah You” – Pretty Sick
Release date – September 30
If you’re looking for your next favorite indie band with a female vocalist, I think I’ve found it. Pretty Sick, a band from New York, who has been building their fanbase in the Lower Eastside area of the city for several years at this point. It wasn’t until May 2020 when the band signed with the record label Dirty Hit, most well-known for their artists like The 1975 and Rina Sawayama.
“Yeah You” is the opening track on the bands’ debut album, which just dropped on Friday. The song isn’t the most pleasant one: though upbeat and catchy, the lyrics tell a story of a relationship that may very well be a toxic one: and the two individuals’ struggling to express that they’d like out. (“There’s something in the air hanging over our heads / Like a sign saying shoot me ’cause I wish I was dead / I’d rather die than let you go and you’ll die before you let me / But you make me so unhappy, yeah, you make me so unhappy”). If you can relate, I will be keeping you in my thoughts. But if you can’t, just be happy you haven’t had this experience and bob your head to the music.
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