Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week. Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday April 8th that we believe are definitely worth a listen.
Parquet Courts – Human Performance (Rough Trade Records)
Human Performance is one of the rare albums that attempts a lot of different things and succeeds in creating a solid yet cohesive, exciting listen. Parquet Courts primarily creates angular rock music with tight riffs and poetic lyricism, yet they veer off here and there into quasi-rap vocal delivery and dissonant, challenging rock passages. The album’s overall weathered sound makes it feel effortlessly like an old classic rock album in the best way possible.
Culture Abuse – Peach (6131 Records)
Peach is filled to the brim with fast and fun punk rock music. From start to finish this is just a great album for fans of well executed punk. The guitar sound, vocals and choruses are all solid, but what really stands out is the huge, awesome sounding drums. Culture Abuse is also featured in the current issue of Ghettoblaster.
Summer Flake – Hello Friends (Rice is Nice Records)
Summer Flake thrives on creating music that is both hard and soft. On their sophomore album, Hello Friends, Summer Flake have really found their voice and honed in on their sound. This sound can easily be described as pretty, hard, straightforward music. Ethereal female vocals are mixed with reverb drenched guitars, eventually giving way to heavily distorted guitar solos in most of the songs, which is not to say that the album is one note. Each song is vital and strong and they add up to produce a really enjoyable listen.
Woods – City Sun Eater in the River of Light (Woodsist)
Over the course of their first eight albums Woods has carefully cultivated and continuously tweaked their sound. What began as a straightforward lo-fi folk rock band has morphed over the years into a well produced, eclectic group of musicians. Their ninth and strongest album yet, City Sun Eater and the River of Light, finds Woods adding elements of Ethopian jazz and, most notably, an excellent horn section. What results from all these combined influences is a tight group of catchy and intricate songs.
Other Noteworthy Albums
Kweku Collins – Nat Love (Closed Sessions)
Frightened Rabbit – Painting of a Panic Attack (Atlantic Records)