Summer gifts us with happy memories, glowing skin, more than five hours of sleep and most wonderfully, new music. Artists often release new albums during summer for those windows-down, carefree moments. Of course with so many new songs to explore, there may be a few you might miss. Here are four albums released this summer you might have skipped:
“Fenn” by Tom Rosenthal:
“Fenn”, composed and named after the birth of his second child, is an album created from the loving mind of Tom Rosenthal. The album features feel good songs completed with trumpets, choirs, and beautiful, original songwriting. “Fenn” focuses on the troubling times of 2016, but more importantly, rising above them.
Check out “Fenn”, “Quite Short for a Goalkeeper” and “Throw the Fear”
“Relaxer” by Alt-J:
Trust me on this, this album will rock your world. “Relaxer” is the third album from the indie-pop band, Alt-J. Although a bit strange at times, the overall sound is stellar. An album like no other, it features strings, a boys choir, guest female singers, sounds of tourists in a Cathedral in England and an electric keyboard purchased by the band for $1 on Ebay.
Check out “House of the Rising Sun”, “3WW” and “In Cold Blood”
“Melodrama” by Lorde:
After a four year drought, Lorde is back with her second album, and it exceeds expectations. The album is concentrated on breakups, the loneliness that comes with them and the types of emotions you experience as a young adult, positive or negative. “Melodrama” stars rich ballads and complex-simple songs, guaranteed to give listeners goosebumps.
Check out “Green Light”, “Liability” and “Writer in the Dark”
“Sacred Hearts Club” by Foster the People
The third album for Foster the People, “Sacred Hearts Club”, is a new, less-tame sound from the band compared to past years. The songs are hazy and practically feel dreamed up. The album was made for the night. Filled with songs to dance to, the indie-pop album exerts a psychedelic mood.
Check out “I Love My Friends”, “Sit Next to Me” and “Time to Get Closer”
Back to School Playlist:
“School” by Frankie Cosmos
“Oxford Comma” by Vampire Weekend
“Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People
“Our Swords” by Band of Horses
“The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World
“Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears For Fears
“The Suburbs” by Arcade Fire
“Expectations” by Belle & Sebastian
“The Kids Don’t Want Wanna Come Home” by Declan McKenna
+Andy Grammer-September 9th-RiverEdge Park-Aurora-7pm
+Young the Giant with Cold War Kids-September 9th-Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island-Chicago-7pm
+Stevie Nicks-September 9th and 10th-Ravinia-Highland Park-7:30pm
+Pink-September 9th-Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Chicago-Tinley Park-8pm
+Ed Sheeran-September 15th and 16th-Allstate Arena-Rosemont-7:30pm