Indie Flavour: new fall releases


Hey Colonels! It’s been a while since I posted in this blog. There is a lot of music to talk about so let’s get to it. Up first I’ll discuss some recent albums I’ve been obsessed with.

The honeymoon hasn’t ended for me. I’m talking about Lana Del Rey’s Honeymoon album of course. I can’t get over how breathtaking it is from start to finish. Her recent video release of “Music To Watch Boys To” is still my favorite thing. I predict some sort of Grammy nomination for it.

U.K. punk rock newcomers Slaves have released their album Are You Satisfied to rave reviews and even picked up a Mercury Music Prize nomination for it this month. The album is highly recommended and doesn’t have one bad song on it. The main theme appears to be anti-government. The track “Cheer Up London” has to be my favorite though.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats have put out one of the best albums of the year. It’s like a lost classic from the early 1970’s. The soulful folk rock band formed abut two years ago after Nathaniel Rateliff had been releasing solo material for about ten years. Their debut album peaked at #17 last month and currently have a huge hit song called “S.O.B.” which took off after a performance on Jimmy Fallon a few months ago. The song has reached the top ten in many alternative and rock format charts and continues to grow in popularity.

Some new single releases that have intrigued me include “California” by Grimes. Her new album is different from the first, but more cohesive this time around. This song is kind of country and kind of pop, but with her weird synth touch to it. Another great release comes from St. Lucia. I’m assuming they have a new album on the way. I’ve been waiting for a tour since I saw them perform in New Jersey with Bastille, Foster the People, and others last year. Check out their new song “Dancing On Glass.” They haven’t lost their ’80s tropical synth vibe!

The 1975 released “Love Me” off their forthcoming album. It conjures up memories of David Bowie to those who grew up in that era. If the new song is any indication then I would say anticipate an exciting new album, unlike The Neighbourhood’s new one. Lastly, Archie and the Bunkers from Ohio are really intriguing. They are two brothers named Cullen and Emmett who aren’t even 18 yet, but already they sound like a lost band from the ’60’s who traveled through some time warp.  Their album “Trade Winds” is out now on Dirty Water Records.  It features the song “I’m Not Really Sure What I’m Gonna Do.”  Their sound has been dubbed “Hi-Fi organ punk.”

Their retro garage rock sound is pleasing on all levels. Pretty loud and psychedelic all at once. The band kindly made me a voice recording a few weeks ago which I then turned into a station legal ID for our campus radio station 90.7 WCLH. You can listen to everything I mentioned and more every Wednesday on my “Indie Flavour” show from 2-5 pm.