Recommended Albums (September 2020)

In my recent opinion piece on music appreciation, I opined that music has become less time sensitive in the new media age. So I am starting a new music feature to highlight recommended new (mainly) pop-rock albums on a post-monthly basis. So here it is – Recommended Albums (September 2020). Check them out!

A Certain Ratio – ACR Loco

Classic Manchester post-punk band. First album since 2008. Elements of jazz and world music dominate the proceedings.

Blitzen Trapper – Holy Smokes Future Jokes

Portland, Oregon-based experimental country/folk/rock band. 10th studio album release.

Bob Mould – Blue Hearts

Legendary 80s alt-rocker continues to make new music, well into his late 50s. A stark political commentary on the dark times we currently live in.

Cults – Host

New York indie pop band. Active for about a decade. A tad lightweight for rock tastes but a couple of melodic gems evident.

Delta Spirit – What is There

Critically acclaimed Californian Americana-infused indie rock band. Soulful and edgy at the same time.

Fleet Foxes – Shore

Seattle folkies return with another solid release. Debut self-titled is probably the best album of the noughties.

IDLES – Ultra Mono

Bristol hardcore punks have built up a reputation for visceral socially conscious indie rock.

Shy Boys – Talk Loud

Indie pop band hailing from Kansas City, Missouri. Slight retro 60s vibe elevates Shy Boys above the typical alt-pop styles.

Surfer Blood – Carefree Theatre

Contemporary indie pop-rock from Florida. Excellent melodic sense married with rock crunch.

Tobin Sprout – Empty Horses

Tobin Sprout is best known as being the secondary major writer and member of indie rock group Guided by Voices. But his solo material deserves close attention.

Well, that’s our Recommended Albums (September 2020). Stay tuned for our October recommendations in about a month’s time. Check out more music recommendations at our Facebook page.

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