The leaves have changed, the weather is getting crisp, and the time is perfect for a backyard fire. You know what goes great with a fire (besides some good friends and great brews)? New music! So prepare your ears and get thee to a computer stat! Because these new releases from October are just waiting for a download.
Best New Album Releases October 2014
Critics and indie rock lovers are falling all over themselves for this guy. “Take Me Church” is so freaking catchy and is getting some major airtime. This means I’m destined to hate it soon after it appears in a gazillion ads and movie trailers, but for now I’ll enjoy. Andrew Hozier- Byrne has an Irish sourced soul, a beautiful mane of hair, and an even more beautiful voice. Bonus points awarded because his first single tackles a human rights issue. “Take Me to Church” is about gay discrimination in Russia. The video achieved viral status last year launching the Hozier love fest.
Also check out: Like Real People Do
Milky Chance- Sadnecessary
Folky at times and a bit electro-indie at others. I’m totally digging this German duo and their latest pop offering. Open the windows and do a little fall cleaning or baking. I dare you not to dance!
Also check out: Stunner and Loveland
We Were Promised Jetpacks- Unravelling
My picks this month are skewing poppy for sure. Here’s another pop rock group from across the pond. Emo and a smidge punk at moments, somehow this album goes a little dark while remaining optimistic. And it’s wonderfully cohesive.
Also check out: Night Terror The critics seem to hate this one. I find it odd and delightful.
The Flaming Lips- With a Little Help from My Fwends
Ever wonder what a tribute to The Beatles “Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” would sound like if say, Miley Cyrus, My Morning Jacket, Dr. Dog and Moby teamed up with The Flaming Lips? Well here’s your answer. These guys come together with a list of other musical pals to make a strange album even stranger…and also completely awesome. Bizarre and beautiful, you have to give this one a listen. Skip about a minute in to get beyond the crazy.
Also check out: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and She’s Leaving Home
High Ends- Super Class
I’m a big fan of Yukon Blonde (a Canadian synth-indie-pop band). High Ends is lead singer’s Jeff Innes’ solo project. He wrote the album and recorded it in a home studio. Completely upbeat with singable choruses, it pairs nicely with the first four albums on my list.
Also check out: Keep on Dancing and The Weight
Le Cassette- Left to Our Own Devices
A chill-wave 80s throwback, Left to Our Own Devices is wonderful from start to finish. If you’re a fan of M83, this album will be right at home in your collection. A Peter Gabriel and Bowie presence is tangible.
Also check out: Electric Paradise and Arms of Mine
There you have it folks, 6 gems from October. I’m hoping my November picks end up more on the rock end of the spectrum, but sometimes we all need a little dance break. Enjoy!
What were your faves from October? Let me know below!
Stay positive and love your life!