Though February is the shortest month, you wouldn’t know it by looking at all the great releases from the month! Let’s check out all the top releases for the past month.
2/5: Hayley Williams – Flowers for Vases / descansos
Despite releasing Petals For Armor less than a year ago, and releasing the Self-Serenades EP in December, Hayley Williams is back again with her second solo album: Flowers for Vases / descansos. Williams wrote and performed the entire album herself, a career first. She views the album as “some sort of detour” rather than a follow-up to her previous solo releases, comparing it to Taylor Swift’s Folklore. If you’ve listened to Paramore or Petals for Armor, this new release will likely sound different than you expect, but still feel familiar. The album is softer and more directly emotional; the lyrics and vocals are more of a central focus than Petals for Armor. Overall, the release has more soft indie / singer-songwriter vibes than what you might expect, and it is a really good album.
Grab a copy or listen to Flowers for Vases / descansos wherever you get your tunes
2/12: The Pretty Reckless – Death By Rock and Roll
Taylor Momsen has come a long way since playing Jenny Humphrey on the beloved teen drama series Gossip Girl. Death by Rock and Roll is The Pretty Reckless’ 4th album, and their first since 2016’s Who You Selling For. Unlike many former child actors who go on to have a successful music career because of their acting notoriety, Momsen seems to have a successful music career despite her former acting roles. In fact, the opening line of the album, “Jenny died of suicide,” is likely a not-so-sneaky reference to her GG role, her last before quitting acting for good. I mean, just check out the graphic in the music video (flashing light warning for our photosensitive friends).
If none of the band’s previous records proved The Pretty Reckless’ rock cred for you, this latest release certainly will. The second track features Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron and Kim Thayil, and the third (see above) features Tom Morello. As heavy as the first couple tracks are, by the end, The Pretty Reckless take on a different rock sound. “Rock and Roll Heaven” and “Harley Darling” fall somewhere between rock ballad and country song. Overall, Death By Rock and Roll is a solid record, and one I really hope to hear live as soon as possible post-Covid!
Grab a copy or listen to Death By Rock and Roll wherever you get your tunes
2/26: Jetty Bones – Push Back
At long last, Jetty Bones debut LP is out in the world. Kelc Galluzzo’s project Jetty Bones has released 3 EPs in the past 5 or so years. Recently, they announced their signing to Rise Records, and now we have Push Back. Though I’ve only listened to the album a few times since its release last Friday, I think it’s my favorite JB release so far. Push Back covers a lot of ground in it’s under 32 minute run time. It builds on the previous in an astounding way – despite embracing a bunch of new sounds and genres, it still feels like a Jetty Bones album. If I were to list everything I love about the album, we’d be here all day, so instead I urge you to give it a listen yourself. With notes of so many genres (pop, rap, indie rock, and country, to name a few), there’s something for everyone. It’s almost a given that Jetty Bones is going to gain popularity, so you might as well as hop on the train now!
Grab a copy or listen to Push Back wherever you get your tunes
2/26: Sydney Sprague – maybe i will see you at the end of the world
Seems last Friday was a popular day for first albums as Phoenix, Arizona’s Sydney Sprague also released her debut on 2/26. After announcing her signing with Rude Records last October, Sprague released two singles, and then a couple more. It’s hard to choose a favorite song from the record, as it changes depending on which one is currently playing. From just the first listen, it’s easy to see why the record has garnered so much praise, though each additional listen adds further to the ability to appreciate all the nuances.
Sprague will be livestreaming on Twitch every Monday starting at 7 pm MST for #ACaseOfTheMondays with Sydney Sprague, so be sure to check it out!
Grab a copy or listen to maybe i will see you at the end of the world wherever you get your tunes.
2/26: Nervous Dater – Call in the Mess
Last Friday’s hits don’t stop! This time, a sophomore album is our topic of discussion. I first caught Nervous Dater at a gig at The Mr. Roboto Project in Pittsburgh a few years ago before knowing anything about the band. I loved their set so much that I picked up a copy of their debut album Don’t Be a Stranger right after their set. Album one was full of bangers, and album two keeps it going. I’m definitely looking forward to catching Nervous Dater again now that they’ve got 10 new tracks!
Listen to or grab a copy of Call in the Mess wherever you get your tunes.
The albums mentioned above are only a few of the amazing releases from February 2021. Check out the playlist below for all the best new tunes released this month, and be sure to give it a follow, as we’ll be keeping it updated with all the best new releases!
Also this Friday is Bandcamp Friday! If you’re going to buy from Bandcamp, the best day to do it is Bandcamp Friday, because the platform waives their fees, meaning more money for artists. If you’re able to, consider picking up your favorite records digitally or physically. As always, continue to share your favorite artists with your friends and followers!
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