Ride the wave as October albums shake, pulsate and radiate. Rumble alongside soul-rocker provocateur THUNDER JACKSON’s self-titled mojo monster, “Thunder Jackson,” before tuning into supreme jalopy-boppers NRBQ’s rarities compendium, “In Frequencies.” Bounce between funeral pyre Goliaths JAHBULONG’s mega-tectonic pyrotechnics, Eclectic Poison Tones,” and Canadian pop-punks SEAWAY’s dynamic, “Big Vibe,” before catching some rays with demon-spawned automatons OPTIC SINK’s cyber-chilled thrills, “Optic Sink,” and galactic romantics JUPITER SPRITES’ velvet-melted synth-pop, “Holographics.”
Laura Veirs - My Echo
Album title: My Echo
Record Label: Raven Marching Band
Perky mirthful folk-bop tongue-twists misfit feelings into posh holidays offering anecdotal motivation; “Echo,” glows with cozy brilliance bathed in rosy string quartets, sisterly choirs and homesick pedal-steel. Refocused hopes, positive resolve and sauntering confidence makes, Veirs’ lyrical clarity and subtle harmonies leap equally easily under full moons and sunny skies, bounding from maternal Laurel Canyon dinner-parties to intimate chamber-arranged love-songs.
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Spires That In The Sunset Rise - Psychic Oscillations
Album title: Psychic Oscillations
Record Label: FPE Records
Guided by jellyfish kismet powering abstract Krautrock daydreams, Spires That In The Sunset Rise’s clipped manipulations transform noisy voices, percussive cello, spineless flutes and huffing saxophones into elemental experiments following optional logic. Layered cascades weaving primeval sequences into elliptical telemetries, “Oscillations,” reverberate hypnotic electronics from gurgling ghosts, roping liberated loops paved in modulated delays, arpeggiated spacewalks and sublime unquantifiable designs.
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Pine Barons - Mirage on the Meadow
Album title: Mirage on the Meadow
Record Label: Grind Select
Risky trysts gifted in grand New Wave riffs wrung from psychedelic sideshows, “Mirage,” charges, barges, barks and barters, fostering tooth and claw rock inside fist-pumped power-pop and spawning dance-floor swansongs from underdog anthems. Choirboy voyagers and passionate navigators, Pine Barons engage and upstage, swinging casual theatrics from desperate precipices, on the verge insurgency partnering with exalted posture and enterprising empathy.
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Jónsi - Shiver
Album title: Shiver
Record Label: Krunk
Contoured forces purr as manicured metamorphosis sculpt electro-soul wormholes; Jónsi concocts nuanced booms, tweaked shrieks and swift glitches producing studio-driven visions from distant visitors. Pliable fly-bys inspiring angel-flanked contemplations, “Shiver,” impacts with suggestive perfection, spectral effects whose tender fine-tuned tensions blossom in cautious suspension, sonic architecture measured in broken beats and healing voices, warm storms built from daring serotonin commotion.
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This Is The Kit - Off Off On
Album title: Off Off On
Record Label: Rough Trade Records
Passive lyric fragments chase wonderfully breezy melodies while, “Off,” tosses bumblebee teases around hummingbird urgency, administering flickering jigs beneath posh horns born from British soul and rhythmic finger-picking plucked from intricate gypsy-folk. Contrapuntal tumbleweeds carving artful paths, This Is The Kit magically fits bouncy rounds tugging at windy beginnings into uplifted syncopation placed with graceful cadence inside loose, groovy haiku.
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Slow Pulp - Moveys
Album title: Moveys
Record Label: Winspear
Adept at polished alt-rock and steamy dream-pop, Slow Pulp’s mellow melodramatics wax in compact mid-tempo compassion, persuasive complacency ignited inside gallant ballads burning bright with smoldering heat, unhurried studies and tasty temptations. Luscious bluster coated in coaxing vocals, sparkling guitars and hungry bass and drums, “Moveys,” smoothly conquers through grounded prowling, insidious insistence and heavenly threats issued in devilish relish.
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From art-pop surrealists MR. GNOME’s micro-dosed magnum opus, “The Day You Flew Away,” to cosmopolitan cowboy CUT WORMS’ cosmic country-pop, “Nobody Lives Here Anymore,” departures occupy October. Break-ups shadow serene sunbeam RAPT’s mystical filigree, “None Of This Will Matter,” literate-rock chroniclers DAWES’ modern-life insights, “Good Luck With Whatever,” and thoughtful alt-poppers DEEP SEA DIVERS’ double-edged treasures, “Impossible Weight,” while cerebral chanteuse HELENA DELAND’s tantalizing, “Someone New,” free-floating LOMA’s liquid whispers, “Don’t Shy Away,” and roots-blues peruser WILLIAM ELLIOT WHITMAN’s laudable honesty, “I’m With You,” prove every story has two sides.