The month of September brought forth a lot of changes in terms of album releases. From pleasant homecomings from iconic acts, to career defining records that will surely be remembered five years from now, here are some albums released in September you should be listening to.
Recommended tracks: “Frost” and “I Don’t Like My Mind”
Starting off the month on a hopeful note, Mitski shared her highly anticipated LP and, opposed to its predecessor Laurel Hell, The Land is Inhospitable and So Are We was celebrated unanimously by both critics and fans.
Generally, The Land is Inhospitable is an album entirely concerned with the topic of love and its many iterations. From love, lost and found to self love, and moments of blissful dependency, all are explored and well distinguished throughout the album. Back dropped by highly emotive instrumental arrangements and atmospheric production, Mitski allows her subject to flourish and envelop her listeners. Merely expanding her sonic universe, The Land is Inhospitable And So Are We represents yet another career defining moment for Mitski, her current fanbase and future listeners.
Based In Chicago, Slow Pulp is an alt-rock four piece band who, as of last spring, have caught my attention - and for good reason. With a sound that effortlessly balances nostalgia and modernity, Slow Pulp’s music just has that soundtrack quality every twenty-something is aching to infuse into their daily rotation.
Enrobed in youthful, alt-rock tones and fuzz, listening toYard evokes that “It’s me against the world” sentiment we all need to tap into once every blue moon. Fervent and infectious, tracks like “Cramps” and “Gone 2” almost dare you to sing your heart out whilst making a run for it. On the other hand, there is also an aspect of the album that calls for retrospection and clarity. Stripped down compared to its counterparts, the diary-esque half-way point track, “yard,” the closer “fishes,” and the country coated single, “Broadview” feel like well needed moments of clarity that only contribute to the overall impact of the record. Well packaged and impeccably executed, there is no doubt in mind as to the long term effect Yard will have on Slow Pulp.
Favourite tracks: “Gloria!” and “Jealous”
A major aspect of trying to tap into uncharted territories in terms of your listening habits depends on patience, trust and intuition. Last month both trust and that infamous gut feeling brought Johnny Yukon’s LP into my life and it's been rainbows and sunshines ever since.
A slight change of pace compared to the albums previously mentioned in the list, MOVIES! WORLDWIDE: PART 1 is a record that doesn’t take much probing, nor convincing. Armed with the groovy melodies reminiscent of Tame Impala’s most recent record (“Movement”) and funk adjacent experimental prowess, MOVIES! WORLDWIDE is simply incapable of invoking anything other than a good vibe and a musically stimulating experience. Vibrant, and intricately textured, Johnny has put forth an irresistible mise-en-scène worthy of the silver screen and the best dance sequence one could muster.
Favourite track: “Same Language”
If the name Tyler Cole seems remotely familiar to you it would probably be because of the collaborative album he worked on alongside WILLOW titled, THE ANXIETY. Now, three years after the release of the project that brought to us the zeitgeist worthy single, “Meet Me At Our Spot” Tyler returns with his solo project Existential Crisis Boy (Part 1).
A vessel for candid self-expression and representation, Existential Crisis serves as musical documentation of a “collection of moments” from his life. Expanding on the general mission of the record he explains “In my whole public musical journey, I’ve felt really misunderstood. I think this is me finally showing people who I am.” From his multifaceted musical identity, rooted in influences ranging from Hip Hop to Rock and R&B, to lyrical references to this aforementioned sense of alienation and misunderstanding (“Same Language”) Tyler presents all the ways in which he became the Tyler we know today.