3 New Albums Out this week you Should Listen to Now: IDLES, Courtney Barnett, and Aesop Rock with Blockhead
This week we highlight new music from IDLES, Courtney Barnett, & Aesop Rock and Blockhead.
IDLES – CRAWLER
IDLES are not your typical band. And CRAWLER isn’t your typical IDLES album. They’ve stepped out of their comfort zone for this one, their fourth album in five years. And if you don’t believe us, just listen to their first single, ‘The Beachland Ballroom.’ On it Talbot becomes a crooner with a voice that can stand up.
CRAWLER may not be the final landing spot for IDLES, but it’s another step in the bands evolution. And a crucial step that was needed for the band and U.K. punk. Produced by Kenny Beats (Freddie Gibbs, Vince Staples, JPEGMafia, Rico Nasty) the partnership comes as a surprise to some, but if you step back and take a look, the pairing makes complete sense. IDLES may not be the latest rapper atop their game, but they thrive on the hip-hop vibe. That bravado that is essential in hip-hop… they have it.
Standout Songs: Car Crash, The New Sensation, The Beachland Ballroom, Meds
Courtney Barnett – Things Take Time, Take Time
Produced by Courtney Barnett and Stella Mozgawa, Courtney Barnett’s third album is more of the same for the talented Australian signer/songwriter. Things Take Time, Take Time solidifies Ms. Barnett as one of the generations best lyricists and master storytellers. Case in point: The album is dotted with little, day-to-day observations that most individuals wouldn’t pick up on, let alone write into songs. Her carefree breeziness is on full display throughout the 34-minute affair. Do yourself a favor, and throw Things Take Time, Take Time on. You may even find yourself singing along.
Standout Songs: Rae Street, Before You Gotta Go, Write A List of Things To Look Forward To
Aesop Rock and Blockhead – Garbology
Aesop Rock, many people’s favorite underground rapper & holder of the most unique words in all of rap has reunited with Blockhead, his longtime producer. The result, Garbology, is surprisingly the collaborators’ first full-length record together. “Garbology is defined as the study of the material discarded by a society to learn what it reveals about social or cultural patterns,” Aesop Rock said in a press statement. “I find a lot of parallels between that and the idea of picking up the pieces after a loss or period of intense unrest, and seeing what’s really there.” Garbology is available on all streaming services and was released via Rhymesayers.
Standout Songs: Jazz Hands, Legermain, Difficult, More Cycles, Flamingo Pink, Fizz, The Sea