The Friday Refrain: What's New In Music

It’s a good week for music so let’s get down to it

New Music

On the indie side of the world, The National released their highly-anticipated I Am Easy To FInd. Interpol has a new ep, A Fine Mess. The Heavy return with their brass-heavy bop on Sons. And Alex Lahey’s sophomore album The Of Luck Club is also out this week. Pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen released Dedicated. It is followed up nicely by Persuasion System from Com Truise. On the singer side of things, Nick Lowe is back with Love Starvation/Trombone, and She’s Back, the new album from music legend Dionne Warwick. Your metal fix can be found in the eponymous Rammstein album. And finally but not least, Tyler, The Creator released IGOR and Curren$y & Statik Selektah team up on Gran Turismo.

Should I Bother?

  • The National - Besides the first track which makes me feel like I’m in a strobe lit rollar rink during the lunch hour, I like this new one from one of my favorite bands

  • Carly Rae Jepsen - this pushes to the side of pop that I don’t get, but I’m definitely going back to make sure I note all my favorite tracks

  • Tyler, The Creator - another solid release

  • Interpol - Fans of the band will be content I think

  • The Heavy - A fun romp

  • Alex Lahey - while most aren’t as excited about this latest as last year’s album, I thought it was a nice album to put into the rotation and will definitely be enjoying it

  • Dionne Warwick - I mean, if you’re a fan, you’ve probably already listened to this one. I do love musicians who keep recording throughout their career - it is an amazing thing to hear how vocalists especially have to adjust, adapt and learn to use their voice throughout life.

    And that’s the Refrain for this week! Almost sliding into the festival heavy season - get those ear plugs and sunscreen ready for a fun summer and Happy Listening!