New Music Friday — From Local Favorites to Unheard Gems

>>With so much music that was released today and throughout the week, it can be overwhelming and difficult to determine what to listen to. But we managed to string up a list of some of the best new releases to make things easier for you. From Circa Waves’ charming new album to the latest genre-defying release from Joywave, here are some of the highlights of New Music Friday.

Joywave — 'Possession' [Cultco Music Label/Hollywood Records]

The Rochester-based indie rock band Joywave are back with their third studio album 'Possession'—their boldest and most political album yet. The new album is filled with exhilarating rhythms and hooks along with the glowing and soaring synths, that perfectly compliments Daniel Armbruster’s incredible vocals. There’s even some interesting and spacey samples in the mix. It’s astonishing how far Joywave has evolved as a band, as they’re always exploring new sounds and interesting insights into personal and now political voyages.

Stream the new album here.

Circa Waves — 'Sad Happy' [Prolifica Recordings]

Arriving just under a year since their last album 'What’s It Like Over There,' Circa Waves are back with an ambitious double album that’s split into two halves—the first half containing the 'Happy' tracks, while the latter containing the 'Sad' tracks. As the new album deals with the duality of emotions, it is filled with heavy and jaunty anthems (“Jacqueline,” “Call Your Name), but also complex and pensive songwriting (“Wake Up Call,” “Hope There’s a Heaven”) in the second half. Circa Waves are pushing toward new horizons, especially with the stylish synths and keyboard hooks. The Liverpool-quartet took risks on their new project, capturing both sides of everyday life in the modern world.

Stream the new album here.

Porridge Radio — 'Every Bad' [Secretly Canadian]

Porridge Radio’s sophomore and breakthrough release is bold, loud and relentlessly brilliant. It’s a step-up from their bedroom-pop 2016 debut 'Rice, Pasta and Other Fillers' and frontwoman Dana Margolin easily gets inside your head with her direct and assertive incantations: “Thank you for leaving me,” “Thank you for making me happy.” It’s no wonder Margolin declared her band as being the “best in the world”—from the tornado of jagged riffs and droning chords to the choppy and raw blend of art-rock and post-punk, 'Every Bad' is easily one of the best of the year.

Stream the new album here.

Deap Lips (Deap Vally & The Flaming Lips) — 'Deap Lips' [Cooking Vinyl Limited]

The Deap Lips is a project consisting of Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd collaborating with the raunchy garage rock ladies of Deap Vally. You would think the collaboration would be a mess (I was hesitant too), but the self-titled debut is basically an upgraded version of Miley Cyrus’ 'Dead Petz' LP. The debut album is filled with versatility—from the forceful and sometimes dreamy vocals, the scuzzy and crunching power-chords and the blasts of weird sonic textures the Lips are fond of.

Stream the new album here.

The Districts — 'You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere' [Fat Possum Records]

The beloved Philly rock outfit the Districts are back with their fourth album 'You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere.' After a long tour where the band played more than 200 shows in support of their 2017 album 'Popular Manipulations,' the band found themselves drained and worn out from the road. Frontman Rob Grote resided in his bedroom and worked on material with no expectations; Grote got a bit outside his comfort zone. What resulted were 32 songs that sounded nothing like anything the Districts have recorded before and after reuniting with the band, they all narrowed it down to 11. Filled with layers of ambient sounds and sonic soundscapes, 'You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere' is the Districts' darkest album yet, as its surrounded by the theme of escapism.

Stream the new album here.

Four Tet — 'Sixteen Oceans' [Text Records]

Following 2017’s excellent 'New Energy,' Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet, is back with his first new proper follow-up called 'Sixteen Oceans.' The prolific and prominent electronic musician and producer continues to keep your body moving with his gorgeous and grooving sonic layers and mid-tempo dance beats. One of the highlights, “Baby” features sparkling ambient textures that are paired well with Ellie Goulding’s distorted and choppy vocals.

Stream the new album here.

The Garden — 'Kiss My Super Bowl Ring' [Epitaph Records]

The eccentric and unrestrained California twin art punk duo The Garden are back with their new album 'Kiss My Super Bowl Ring' The new album is still quirky and chaotic, but it mostly showcases the Shear brothers’ more aggressive and darker side, as it goes from hardcore punk to electropunk. The new album is ridiculously unpredictable, as it features a collaboration with Ariel Pink, an exotic flute solo and apparently even Carrot Top.

Stream the new album here.

Aweful Kanawful & His Rubber Husband’s Band — “Only When I Cry” [Chocolate Chin Recordings]

Aweful Kanawful and his Rochester-based quintet are back with another glimpse for their upcoming album 'Much Much Nice,' out this April. The new single “Only When I Cry” points to a more focused and polished sound with its choppy and stunted art punk riffs, differing from the earlier explorative and oddball punk tapes. In an interview, frontman Austin Lake, aka Aweful Kanawful, described the upcoming album consisting of more fidelity and closer to what he and his new band sound like live.

Stream the latest single here.

Ultraísta — 'Sister' [Partisan Records]

Following their superb electropop and Krautrock-inspired self-titled debut in 2012, the experimental supergroup Ultraísta are back with their first album in eight years. In case you didn’t know, the supergroup consists of producer and multi-instrumentalist Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Atoms for Peace), drummer Joey Waronker (Atoms for Peace, R.E.M.,) and frontwoman Laura Bettinson (FEMME). Growing from a session of improvisation, 'Sister' ranges from Bettinson’s touch of romanticism to the hypnotic textured soundscapes and restless beats from Godrich and Waronker.

Stream the new album here.

HARLOE — 'Rivers Run Dry' [Roc Nation Records]

HARLOE’s anticipated debut EP has finally arrived. The Grammy-nominated songwriter who has collaborated and penned hits for artists like Robin Schulz and Charli XCX is exploring her own solo venture now. From the gentle and tender “Crush on You” to the stunning and R&B-inspired title track, HARLOE’S strong melodies and songwriting certainly leaves a mark on you. The d ebut EP highlights HARLOE’s transformation, touching upon themes of love, loss and reflection.

Stream the new EP here.