September was overwhelming with all the music that was being dropped, so I’m totally okay with the change of pace this month. Click through to listen to music from 10 different artists including Ellie Goulding, All Time Low, Kendrick Lamar, and Taylor Swift:
Ellie Goulding, Halcyon
London singer Ellie Goulding, known for her hit album Lights, came out with Halcyon last week. Goulding went down a considerably darker route with this album, but still shows how much she’s grown musically. Listen to one of my favorite tracks “The Ending”:
All Time Low, Don’t Panic
Pop punk band All Time Low is keeping the genre alive and kicking ever since the mainstream height of bands like Fall Out Boy, Paramore, and Panic At the Disco back in 2005. Admittedly I tuned out the scene after that time so listening to ATL’s songs off the brand new Don’t Panic really brought me back. “Finding Neverland” is a characteristic pop punk song with its catchy melody in the chorus, punk guitar riffs, and lyrics about staying young forever.
Meshell Ndegeocello, Pour une Âme Souveraine
Meshell Ndeogeocello, a singer heavily influenced by genres like funk and jazz is releasing her 10th album Pour une Âme Souveraine (French for “for a sovereign soul”). This album is a dedication to the legendary Nina Simone. The lead single is “Be My Husband” featuring Valerie June, who provides the main vocals.
A Fine Frenzy, Pines
Alison Sudol/A Fine Frenzy is an adult alternative/pop singer based in Seattle. Pines sets itself apart from other albums because it’s accompanied by a book and a short animated film – those features alone are convincing me to go out and buy it. “Now Is the Start” is fun and pretty and has me dancing in my seat. And the lyric video below is nice to look at too:
Leona Lewis, Glassheart
Leona Lewis, the singer behind the Period Mix staple “Bleeding Love,” is dropping her third studio album Glassheart. The album has been a long time coming – it’s been in the works and faced a few setbacks since 2010. Example: right before Lewis’s single “Collide” was set to release, DJ/producer Avicii brought her to court for plagiarizing his song “Fade Into Darkness.” It was settled out of court and then released as a joint single between the two artists. Below is Afrojack’s remix of “Collide” which will also appear on her album:
Boys Noize, Out of the Black
Out of the Black actually came out electronically on the 8th but as I believe in buying physical copies of CDs (am I the only one that still buys CDs?), I have it listed as the 16th. Anyway, Alexander Ridha aka Boys Noize is back with an LP of all new songs. For those of you that aren’t that into electronica/techno, feel free to skip over this one. If you’re still reading, this new album is massive. The track “What You Want” reminds me of Daft Punk and Justice:
Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d city
Kendrick Lamar is one of the new kids on the block but the hype behind him is no joke. Lamar got a huge internet following after the release of his mixtape Overly Dedicated in 2010 and eventually got signed to Dr. Dre’s record label. Dre, Lady Gaga, and Drake all make appearances on his debut album. Check out “Swimming Pools (Drank)”:
Taylor Swift, Red
Taylor released “I Knew You Were Trouble” yesterday to a lot of buzz. When I first gave it a listen, I got a little scared because the beats leading up to the chorus sounded like the beginning of a hardcore dubstep breakdown but thankfully it didn’t head that way. I like that she’s dipping her toe in the electro world and keeping her own sound at the same time.
Bridgit Mendler, Hello My Name Is…
I’m not a Disney Channel follower so I didn’t know until I started researching Bridgit Mendler that she has some pretty deep Disney roots. While it’s easy to dismiss someone like her, “Ready or Not” has the potential to dominate the radio waves and your iPod. Mendler makes me think of Natasha Bedingfield – pop with a dash of R&B/soul. The only bone I have to pick with it is the lyric “I like your face, do you like my song?” Sigh. I like this song too much for that to ruin all of it so I’ll just let my eyes glaze over when she sings that part:
Calvin Harris, 18 Months
I think I’ve talked about Calvin Harris on here at least twice already, but the dude is everywhere. Now he’s finally releasing everything he’s been working on in the past year or so (maybe that’s why the album will be called 18 Months?). The one track I’m really looking forward to is “Thinking About You” featuring Ayah Marar. I’ve searched high and low for a full version to share with you, but this is the best I could come up with:
Thanks for reading and listening!