3 New Albums Out This Week You Should Listen to Now: Black Country, New Road, Animal Collective, and Korn
This week we’re highlighting new music from Black Country, New Road, Animal Collective, and Korn.
Black Country, New Road – Ants From Up There
With the UK indie music scene leaning into bands like Idles, Fontaines D.C., Squid, and Yard Act, Black Country, New Road offer their audience something of a divergent nature. For the uninitiated, the progressive six-piece often employs saxophone solos and violins and have been compared to Slint (yes that Slint), Arcade Fire, and Modest Mouse. For their latest album, Ants From Up There, the London band sounds complete, crisp, and calculated as you proceed through the album’s 10 tracks. It’s a bold sophomore album that provides many moments of dense and multi-layered music to lose yourself in. It’s one of the year’s best so far. With all the good that comes out of Ants From Up there there is a black cloud that hangs over the release of the album. Isaac Wood, the band’s frontman and primary vocalist, had left the band four days prior to the release.
Standout Songs: Chaos Space Marine, Concorde, Bread Song, Good Will Hunting, Mark’s Theme, The Place Where He Inserted the Blade, Snow Globes
Animal Collective – Time Skiffs
Time Skiffs is Animal Collective’s first album since 2016, and their 11th overall. Written in 2020, the album came about after all four members met up and discussed what was next for the band. Their resurgence was kickstarted with their first two singles, ‘Prester John’ and ‘Walker.’ Time Skiffs sees the Baltimore-based experimental band take a mature approach while keeping their kaleidoscope of sounds as vast as when they first started 20 years ago.
Standout Songs: Car Keys, Prester John, Strung with Everything, Walker, Cherokee, Royal and Desire
Korn – Requiem
For their 14th studio album, Korn turned in its shortest album yet — nine songs in 33 minutes. But with Requiem, Korn remains true to themselves as they push their nu-metal sound while balancing explorations into electronic and pop rhythms and melodies. Unlike previous recording sessions, the band allowed themselves to develop tracks as naturally as possible, sometimes allowing them to breathe for months at a time. It paid off. Jonathan Davis and company have delivered a fresh, but familiar album that is accessible for new and old fans alike.
Standout Songs: Forgotten, Start the Healing, Lost in the Grandeur, Penance to Sorrow
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