1.Cherry Glazerr Stuffed & Ready
Stepping further away from the indie brat-pop style from the band’s previous record, Cherry Glazerr creates more dark songs both sonically and lyrically. “Daddi” is a sardonic march of a rock song, with barbed lines lashed at the direction of some patronizing unnamed male antagonist. In “Wasted Nun” songwriter Clementine Creevy painted herself as a self-depricating sufferer of unrequited love stuck inside a dark and angry guitar-laden song. The middle hold some more tame tunes with post punk guitar tones, and could soundtrack some kind of hipster emo kid prom.
Standout Track: “Ohio”
2. Czarface/Ghostface Killer Czarface Meets Ghostface
This is just simple fun: Inspectah Deck AND Ghostface Killer on an album together! Lots of fun bars tossed back and forth, and the sample-heavy boom-bap style from the Czarface brand is bouncy and old-school.
Standout Track: “Face Off”
3. Julia Jacklin Crushing
Sometimes to hit the emotional chord of an audience, a performer or band might blast off on a euphoric chorus, releasing endorphins from all of their listeners. It’s a format all new Coldplay songs take, for example. On the other extreme, the stripping back of sounds can create just as palpable of a catharsis, and Julia Jacklin uses this second mode to create some powerfully devastating songs about heartbreak and rebuilding. Her vocal reverb helps build a sonic world of loneliness, like she’s singing into an empty nightclub. The more uptempo songs are jangle-pop tunes, but the pathos of Jacklin’s lyrics and tambour never let sorrow drift too far away.
Standout Track: “When The Family Flies In”
4. Diva Sweetly In The Living Room
Hailing from North Carolina, Diva Sweetly’s debut album is equal parts power pop, synth pop, emo pop, and one part informercial for a tongue scraper.
Standout Track: “Cult”
Other Solid Releases: Little Simz GREY Area; Panda Bear Buoys; Perfume-V Moments Like This Never Last