Freshly Pressed is a monthly feature highlighting interesting and noteworthy album releases.
For this edition we get you caught up on new records from bands of all shapes, sizes and genres. We take a look at the highly anticipated sophomore record from Jack White, the debut record from a man being called the “Male Adele” and many more.
Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
The follow up to Born to Die, Ultraviolence has Ms. Del Rey in full out ballad mode. Tragic lyrics are matched with soft and haunting instrumentals to make the sound of the album truly heartbreaking. If you’re looking for a good cry, this could be the record to do it.
Conor Oberst – Upside Down Mountain
Conor Oberst said Upside Down Mountain is a return to an earlier way that he wrote. The lyrics run through the themes of escape, death, and the passing of time but he finds a way to make it sound upbeat on tracks like “Hundreds of Ways”. If you were hoping for a Bright Eyes record, this is not it but there’s no mistaking the familiar voice of Oberst.
Jack White – Lazaretto
The long awaited sophomore record from Jack White, Lazaretto was released on June 10th. It’s a piano infected, fiddle ridden record with White’s signature guitar sound screaming all the way through. There’s a wonderful balance between slower tempo’d numbers and the songs that will have you nearly breaking your speakers. It’s an LP that will satisfy the needs of any Jack White fan.
Fucked Up – Glass Boys
Continuing to mature their sound, Fucked Up’s latest Glass Boys is a hardcore record with purpose. To the untrained ear, there will be times where you might not understand some of the words being screamed at you, but you can appreciate the other layers behind the vocals. Pounding drums, thick bass, crunching riffs with slick leads all help boost Damien Abraham’s vocals into maniacal madness.
Coldplay – Ghost Stories
Ghost Stories is quite a shift from Coldplay’s previous LPs. There’s an introduction of more electronic sounds, synths and fuzzy notes tat are combined with heartbreaking lyrics.
Sam Smith – Lonely Hour
It’d be a shame not to include this man’s debut album, beating out Coldplay for the fastest selling record in the UK this year. Sam Smith’s style is being compared to that of a male Adele; songs that hit you in the heart, tons of emotion and an incredible voice.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Only Run
When 3/5’s of the members leave a band, your sound is going to change pretty drastically. That’s exactly the case for the new CYHSY album, Only Run. The core of singer Alec Ounsworth and drummer Sean Greenhalgh remain in tact while increasing the use of synths and vocal effects on this record. One thing remains the same – the unique and trembling voice of Ounsworth.
First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
When you hear this band it may come as a shock to you that they’re from Sweden. Their third studio record has a strong southern, country twang to it with enough energy to be stuck in your brain for days.
The Antlers – Familiars
Their first record since 2011’s Burst Apart, Familiars seems to pick up where Antlers left off but with more confidence this time around. The trio finds room for horn sections and lush piano notes, contributing some of the real highlights on Familiars.
Hamilton Leithauser – Black Hours
Now that The Walkmen are gone (RIP), we are left with the debut solo record from their frontman Hamilton Leithauser. His vocal versatility is at the forefront on this record, distancing himself from the days of The Walkmen with smooth piano and airy strings thrown into the mix.