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For some years now, I have made these monthly summaries of what I really, really liked that month.
Here is my summary of the releases I loved the most in SEPTEMBER.
The list is in no particular order, but the ones I loved the most are marked with a red ||.
SINGLES I LOVED THIS MONTH
From the singles this month, I especially liked the new songs from:
Flower Face – “Honey and Milk” Intensely beautiful. Like always. (Spotify)
Amaya Laucirica – “More than this” A lovely dreamy pop song with a verse just as catchy as the chorus. (Spotify)
Seazoo – “Shoreline” Energy indiepop. (Spotify)
Baths – “Yeoman” One of the most creative electronic musicians I have heard, and it’s not a problem that I love his voice and his weird lyrics too. (Spotify)
Hockney – “Looking” Oh, this is lovely! A very fine chamber pop song that makes me smile. Paul McCartney would have been proud if he had made this. 😉 (Spotify).
You will find even more of my other favourite singles in the Spotify list.
ALBUMS I LOVED THIS MONTH
Misty Coast – Misty Coast || Oh, this is great! Misty Coast is one of the most interesting bands in Norway at the moment, and this is one of the most interesting albums I have heard this year. It’s so playful and dreamy, so full of amazing melodies. It’s definitely a pop album, but different… It’s just brilliant, – shiny, clean, raw, rough and noisy at the same time. The duo of Linn Frøkedal and Richard Myklebust are both members of another favourite of mine, The Megaphonic Thrift. (Spotify)
Alvvays – Antisocialites || Perfect indiepop. I guess that sums up the new Alvvays album. (Spotify)
Lali Puna – Two Windows || As an old fan, it took me a while to get this album under my skin, but it is a grower, and now I really like these new, dreamy electropop songs. (Spotify)
Mats Wawa – Mild Nights || Mats Wawa is a music collective based in Oslo, and the debut album is filled with psychedelic pop gems. Very warm and catchy, even radio-friendly at times, – in a good way. Love it! (Spotify)
Angelo de Augustine – Swim inside the moon || This is probably the album I have listened to the most this month. It is intensely beautiful. Calm, acoustic, warm songs with lovely vocals. Reminds of Sufjan Stevens or Nick Drake. (Spotify)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The echo of pleasure || I haven’t been very supportive of TPoBPaH the recent years. I was a big fan, but have been disappointed by the direction the band has taken on the last couple of albums. Now they are back where I want them. Not entirely, though, but close. (Spotify)
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – The punishment of luxury || My favourite reunion. They still sound good, with great songs, and a good mix between old-school synth pop and modern electronic music. Impressed. (Spotify)
Haunted Summer – Spirit guides || Dreamy, hazy pop with ethereal vocals. Could have been a 4ad release from back when 4ad only released good music. (Spotify)
Petite League – Rips one into the night || 10 impressingly good garagy pop songs that will stay with you for a long time. (Spotify)
Daughter – Music from before the storm || A different Daughter album, with more instrumentals than usual, – but as usual interesting and beautiful. Elena’s voice is present on most songs, without many words. This original music score was created to soundtrack the latest instalment of the ‘Life is Strange’ video game franchise; ‘Before The Storm’. (Spotify)
Florist – If blue could be happiness || Florist impressed me on their debut, and they still do with their 2nd album. Fragile, thoughtful bedroom folk. (Spotify)
HYLA – Osaka || If you like bands like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive and early RIDE, you will love the new album from Perth band Hyla. It’s a dreamy gem of an album. (Spotify)
Mini Dresses – Mini Dresses || Boston-trio Mini Dresses play lo-fi-lovely indiepop. I love singer Lira’s calm, airy vocals, and that the minimal instrumentation, with bass, drums and a guitar , let the melodies and her voice shine. A fine album. (Spotify)
Infinity Girl – Somewhere nice, someday || It’s kind of sad to discover a band after they have broken up, and this is what I did with shoegaze quartet Infinity Girl. The new album is a great way to say both hello and goodbye with. Lovely. (Spotify)
Ural Mountains – Dusted || It was just pure luck that made me discover this wonderful Argentinian band. They were listed under “related artists” on the artist page of my own music project Featherfin, and I had to check them out. I don’t regret it. Their new album is really good. The guitars and bass remind me of The Cure, with soft, melancholic, gliding vocals and driving drums. Follow both them and Featherfin on Spotify, please! (Spotify)
(more releases after the photo)
Madeline Kenney – Night night at the first landing || One of my favourites this month. In style, this is eclectic, and on her Bandcamp page, she uses the tags “dream pop, folk gaze, twang gaze, indie”. These are warm, interesting songs, and I could listen to Kenney sing 24 hours a day, I think. (Spotify)
Versing – Nirvana || They come from Seattle and call their album “Nirvana”… Very good noise pop album with elements of shoegaze, kraut and 90s indie. (Spotify)
The Clientele – Music for the age of miracles || The albums from The Clientele are always lovely, and this one is too. I have missed new music from them, and this is a much welcome comeback. (Spotify)
Shilpa Ray – Door girl || This is a beautiful album. Most of the songs are 50s inspired, garagy pop with the lovely crooning vocals of singer-songwriter Shilpa Ray. Then, inbetween, there are both screamy, angry and punky songs and even a song where she raps. Everything is good. (Spotify)
EPs I LOVED THIS MONTH
This month have been really, really busy, so this time I have chosen not to write full reviews of the EPs, just a short comment here. Sorry! Here we go!
Obedient Wives Club – Cinematica || Obedient Wives Club is a Singapore-based fuzz pop quintet with clear inspiration from the girl groups of the 60s. They call their style “Spector-gaze”. Very nice! (Spotify)
Even as we speak – The black forest || They have been around for so many years, but after their reunion, they sound so fresh and new. I loved their recent single and I love this EP even more. Indiepop. (Spotify)
The Age of Colored Lizards – Summer Rain || Another big favourite of mine from Norway. I love their hazy, fuzzy and definitely melodic indiepop-songs. (Spotify)
Seapony – Be here again || Good to have them back! One of my favourite indiepop bands. They still sound very good! (Spotify)
Seafang – Solid gold || Solid shoegaze flavored indiepop EP. Love! (Spotify)
Sloan Peterson – Midnight love || Strong debut EP from Sydney-artist Sloan Peterson. Indie/Alterntive pop. (Spotify)
OTHER INTERESTING THINGS THIS MONTH
The Trap Set With Joe Wong is a really interesting music focused podcast with long interviews and chats with artists. Recommended! You can find it here http://www.thetrapset.net.
Another interesting podcast episode is from Talkhouse, where Courtney Barnett and Julia Shapiro (Chastity Belt) interviewed each other. You can find it here.
Listen to most of the songs from this list on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/eardrumspop/playlist/6i5RvJjHesNfr4CKnlVZTH