The Edge Music Lab offers these songs for your inspection and judgment. Any comments are welcome.
1. The 1975, “Give Yourself a Try”
Notes on a Conditional Form (Polydor)
RIYL: Bastille, Walk the Moon, Atlas Genius
If you look at the alt-rock radio station data from the past week, no song has been added to more playlists than this one from The 1975. A good start, yes, but this album isn’t on the release schedule until sometime next year. If you ask me, it looks like they plan to drip out a series of singles between now and then—which, by the way, is a very hip-hop thing to do (cf. what Drake does). It might also be the way of the future. Gotta keep the fans constantly engaged, you know?
2. Lily Allen, “Lost My Mind”
No Shame (Parlophone)
RIYL: Women who won’t take crap from anyone
Lily Allen has always been something of an outlier, someone with a vision of who she is and what she does and won’t be deterred from anything. Outspoken thy name is Lily. It’s not then a surprise that her fourth album is called No Shame, is it? There’s some dancehall and reggae on this record and the lyrics draw from a recent divorce.
3. Monster Truck, “Evolution”
True Rockers (Dine Alone)
RIYL: Sheepdogs, Glorious Sons, Matt Mays
These guys are one of the most interesting bands to come out of Hamilton in a long time. The life of their third album, due September 14, starts with a crunching anthem that features twinges of 70s rock and 90s alternative. Seems we’re getting a lot more of that kind of music these days, doesn’t it? Speaking of which…
4. The Dirty Nil, “Bathed in Light”
Master Volume (Dine Alone)
RIYL: PUP, Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs, Hollerado
…we also have this punky, rocky track from The Dirty Nil. Coming out of Dundas, Ontario—such a quiet and peaceful valley town—the trio will release a sophomore album on September 14. This first single was inspired by a bad dream in the back of a van while on tour in England. That explains the references to Elvis and Jesus, then.
5. Kate Boothman, “I Am an Animal”
Righteous Woman (Virgin)
RIYL: Courtney Barnett, rockier Blue Rodeo, some PJ Harvey
There’s a chance that if you’ve seen Blue Rodeo, Wilco, or Kathleen Edwards in concert over the last while that Kate was the opener. Coming out of the Northumberland Hills around Coburg and Colborne, Ontario, her band features local indie legend Ian Blurton (Change of Heart, C’Mon). We need to pay attention to her.
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