Albums We’re Most Excited About in September
2018 has been a spectacular year for music so far. We’ve seen new albums from some of our favorite established artists as well as breakout releases from up-and-comers. September is set to continue this track record. Check out the albums that we’re most looking forward to this month. Earth, Wind, and Fire didn’t make the list, but our picks will have you dancing in September.
Noname – Room 25
Noname captured the nation’s attention with her 2016 debut album Telefone. Standout songs like “Diddy Bop” and “Sunny Duet” are still on our playlist rotation today. She’s also been featured alongside some of Chicago’s most notable like Chance the Rapper and Saba. Noname has yet to release a single from Room 25 but she’s been working hard for the last two years. We’re expecting that the new project will deliver those standout hits and showcase how Noname has grown as an artist after a few years on the national scene.
Joyce Manor – Million Dollars to Kill Me
Since their debut LP in 2012, Joyce Manor has refined their sound with each new release. The California natives faced a turning point with their 2014 release Never Hungover Again when they introduced a more melodic and mellow feel to their upbeat, punk sound. 2016 release Cody saw that melodic sound taking hold even more. We’re excited to see what the band has cooking up for us with their fifth LP.
Summer Salt – Happy Camper
Austin-based Summer Salt makes music that they describe as “coral reef rock”. Think of old-school beach rock with a brighter sound and a slower pace. The band has released three EPs and a handful of singles since 2015 and has gained a following through touring, most recently opening for indie superstars Turnover earlier this year. Their songs focus on life’s most important subjects: candy bars, dogs and fast cars. Summer Salt has consistently made groovy music that we love, but the new EP will be an exciting test for them. Will they be able to create a sound that can last for 10 songs without getting stale? We think they will rise to the occasion, and we’re excited to see what they produce.
Pale Waves – My Mind Makes Noises
Pale Waves has taken the indie pop scene by storm in just the past two years. They released their very first single in 2017. Labelmates The 1975 took them under their wing, producing their first single and taking them on tour across North America later that year. Later the same year they released their EP Television Romance and sold out shows on headlining tours in the U.S. and Europe. We’re certainly impressed with all this band has accomplished in such a short amount of time, but we’re more impressed with the band’s ability to blend influences and create a unique sound. Throughout the band’s EP you’ll hear influences from bands like The Cure and Joy Division while still feeling like the music was made in 2017. We’re excited for an album of catchy melodies and clean vocals on My Mind Makes Noises later this month.