August’s usually a quiet time for big albums, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been lesser-known gems coming out each Friday. We’ve rounded up ten that are definitely worth your time.
Tamaryn – ‘Cranekiss’: Mexican Summer-signed musician Tamaryn followed up her previous two albums with a third that’s full of dark, mysterious psych-pop. She’s expanded her musical horizons too, introducing samples to her textured songs.
Christian Rich – ‘FW14’: Chicago twins Taiwo and Kehinde Hassan have worked with the likes of Drake, Earl Sweatshirt and Childish Gambino. Now, on their debut album, they take influence from sci-fi novels and rope in guest collaborators like Sinead Harnett and Vince Staples.
Autobahn – ‘Dissemble’: Autobahn’s predilection for the horrible things in life has been obvious since they emerged from Leeds in 2013 with a debut EP of taut, dark songs with names like ‘Force Fed’ and ‘Lost Tongue’. ‘Dissemble’ sees the quintet more miserable than ever, boasting needly guitars and hammered drumbeats that would be hypnotic were it not for Craig Johnson’s crazed shouting.
Briana Marela – ‘All Around Us’: Freshly signed to Jagjaguwar, Seattle singer-songwriter Briana Marela combines the ethereal, experimental sounds of the likes of Bat For Lashes and Julia Holter. Her second album ‘All Around Us’ is a beguiling dip into emotional, poetic lyrics and spatial instrumentation.
Ultimate Painting – ‘Green Lanes’: Ultimate Painting’s members have always been prolific. New album ‘Green Lanes’ doesn’t exactly break new ground, it does refine their warm’n’cosy formula enough to interest. ‘(I’ve Got The) Sanctioned Blues’ adds a country twang while ‘Two From The Vault’ slopes along like a lost Pavement number.
Cruising – ‘Cruising’: Irish supergroup Cruising consist of members of Girls Names, September Girls, Sea Pinks and Logikparty. Their self-titled debut EP bursts with howling post-punk, shadowy psych and pop hooks that results in something equally buoyant and brooding.
Kagoule – ‘Urth’: The cover of Kagoule’s debut album features a drawing of a pile of dead bodies. It’s both a fitting reflection of the music within and something of a misnomer – ‘Urth’ is full of instrumentation that veers from skeletal to brutal, but there are patches of light throughout. Whether dabbling in light or dark, the Nottingham trio are never anything short of exhilarating.
Slime – ‘Company’: East London producer Will Archer’s debut album has been brewing for a long time. As well as working with Jessie Ware and bassy trio Vondelpark, he’s been quietly recording and sporadically releasing experimental electronic tunes as Slime for over four years. ‘Company’ is a unique mix of sleepy, Four Tet beats, jazzy minimal hip-hop and brass-and-strings-laden grooves.
Georgia – ‘Georgia’: Georgia Barnes has drummed for the likes of Juce, Kwes and Kate Tempest. On her self-titled debut album, she puts herself in the spotlight with a fresh, bold and infectious sound that takes its cues from Oneohtrix Point Never, Fever Ray and a Pakistani Qawwali mixtape that was handed to the musician by a taxi driver.
Yawn – ‘Day Trip’: Chicago quartet Yawn describe themselves as “four young riff-raffs with a taste for musical adventure.” Their new EP ‘Day Trip’ is a ramble through lightweight psych-pop that as sunny as it is mind-expanding.