RIYL: Real Estate, M83, Noel Gallagher, and My Brightest Diamond
It seems October is proving to be a great month for releasing records. Between Ryan Adams' release last month, and the releases coming out this Tuesday, I suspect I'll have some great music to listen to, which is never a bad thing. Take a look at this week's new releases and a few recommendations to hold you over until some of the more nationally known acts release their albums.
It’s hard not to like Real Estate. They’re one of those bands that always puts me in a good mood, and the fact that their highly anticipated sophomore album, Days, is less than a week away is certainly cause for celebration. Their songs are something that help us Michiganders through the long and dreadful winters. (why don’t I live in close proximity to a beach again?!) While their signature sound is hard to compare, try the sometimes mellow, always delightful sounds of GLG artists like Toy Bombs, Inspired and the Sleep, and Alpine White.
M83’s new album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, is due out this Tuesday. Admittedly, I’ve only heard their single “Midnight City”, but it had me, hook, line and sinker. A catchy chorus, synth lines and beats straight out of the 80’s, I’d say that’s three things that keep me interested. Add to the fact that it’s their first release in three years, and I’m curious to hear what they'll release. And while I’m not a huge fan of double albums, I think I’d be happy to listen to this one start to finish if each track is as strong as their single. Here at GLG, we don’t have any one artist that’s quite like M83, but if you’re a fan of great electro-pop, I think Public Jones fits the bill. Yes, it’s my second time in a row featuring them for RIYL, so if you ignored me the first time, perhaps now you’ll pay attention and check these guys out!
2011 proved to be a bit of a turbulent year for Noel Gallagher. After his departure from Oasis in 2009, the music world anxiously awaited his new project. Over the summer, Noel announces a couple of solo albums due to be released. August comes, and Liam sues his brother Noel for libel, only to recant the suit a few days later. Amidst all that fuss, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ highly anticipated debut album is due out next week, and like the rest of the music world, I’m curious to hear the results. While I was never a huge Oasis fan (I was 6 when Definitely Maybe came out, forgive me!), you can’t help but appreciate their trailblazing for future Britpop bands to come. If you need a fix to tide you over until next week, or perhaps you appreciate your Britpop with a little less controversy, be sure to listen to Grand Atlantic and Ross and the Wrongens.
Shara Worden, of My Brightest Diamond, is back for their third album, All Things Will Unwind, which is their first album in three years. It’s hard not to appreciate her incredibly powerful and versatile vocal style, as well as the scope of her songs. I’m fairly certain there’s not an instrument she can’t play, which is impressive, considering I can hardly play one. To fill the gap until their third album is released, check out the more upbeat but equally powerful Lachi and Meridian Gold!
Check on my Spotify playlist on all of the artists featured here to hold you over until Tuesday!
- Real Estate - "It's Real"
- Toy Bombs - "Fall Down"
- Inspired and the Sleep - "Chops"
- Alpine White - "When She Gets Home"
- M83 - "Midnight City"
- Public Jones - "Star"
- Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - "If I Had A Gun..."
- Grand Atlantic - "Searchlights"
- Ross and the Wrongens - "That Magic Feeling"
- My Brightest Diamond - "Be Brave"
- Lachi and Meridian Gold - "Bug Out"
- I Break Horses - "Hearts"
Every week, we'll tell you about a few of our favorite records coming out for the week and a few of our bands that we recommend if you like. Not as a, "Hey, this band sounds exactly like that band," but as more of a, "As a music fan, you might enjoy something similar."