Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways
The new album is out from Dave Grohl and company this week after much hype, and earns my pick of the week. Along with the release, the band has been airing episodes about the creation of the album on HBO. The album includes eight songs recorded in eight different locations (New York, Nashville, Austin, New Orleans, Hollywood, Seattle, Washington D.C, and Chicago), each with its own episode. Here’s Dave (I feel like we’re on a first name basis) discussing the idea:
“After making Sound City, I realized that the pairing of music and documentary works well because the stories give substance and depth to the song, which makes for a stronger emotional connection. So I thought, ‘I want to do this again, but instead of just walking into a studio and telling its story, I want to travel across America and tell its story.”
Pink Floyd – The Endless River
The Endless River is the first album from Pink Floyd in 20 years, and is presumed to be their last. The mostly instrumental record (Louder Than Words is the only track with lyrics) is based on hours of unreleased material that was written, recorded, and produced with founding member Richard Wright, who passed away in 2008. This is the band’s third studio album without Roger Waters, who originally left the band in 1985, amidst rumors of a reunion.
Rumer – Into Color
The British singer/songwriter puts forth her third album this week, continuing her vintage style after 2012’s Boys Don’t Cry. She previously revealed that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and suffered stage anxiety. This can be heard in the melancholy sound on many of the tracks on Into Color. While it may sound like a depressing album, she keeps things positive with a smooth vocals and melodies that stay with you after the song is over.
Cool Ghouls – A Swirling Fire Buring Through the Rye
The sophomoric effort by the San Francisco based indie quartet is available as well this week. The group gives off a ’60s rock style with a hint of psychedelic alongside excellent vocal blends to compliment their uptempo stylings. Jangling guitars and a fun vibe, this is definitely a band worth checking out.
Take some time to listen to some new music; you just might find your new favorite band.
“Making you a better geek, one post at a time!”