Editor’s Choice: Top Summer Releases You May Have Missed
Joy As An Act of Resistance – IDLES
The sophomore album from British punk unit IDLES is, as they say, “all killer, no filler.” After the release of their debut album in 2017, a lot of people (including myself) had doubts that they could follow it up with something as good. Thankfully, I can confirm that IDLES have once again outdone themselves – keeping up their flair for tongue-in-cheek lyricism and combining punk bangers with stripped back melancholy numbers.
Released: August 31st 2018.
For Fans Of: Slaves, Shame, Girl Band.
Highlights: Colossus, Love Song, Samaritans.
Nearer My God – Foxing
Nearer My God, the third album from introspective indie-rock band Foxing is nothing short of stunning. If you ask me, the album is a logical progression from their first two releases, The Albatross and Dealer – it’s different at times, but it’s still the Foxing we know and love. Not only can this band write, record and produce amazing albums, they put on one of the best live performances I’ve seen in a long time.
Released: August 10th 2018.
For Fans Of: Pinegrove, Tiny Moving Parts, Modern Baseball.
Highlights: Lich Prince, Gameshark, Nearer My God.
Noonday Dream – Ben Howard
After almost a four year hiatus, Ben Howard returned this summer with his third album Noonday Dream. When I say I feel like I’ve been waiting for this album my whole life, I don’t exaggerate. It is a masterpiece. I’ve been listening to (and obsessing over) Ben Howard for almost six years now and I would definitely go as far as to say that this is his best body of work to date.
Released: June 1st 2018.
For Fans Of: James Vincent McMorrow, Bear’s Den, José González.
Highlights: The Defeat, What The Moon Does, Nica Libres at Dusk.