Every single Friday, we find and collate the best albums released this week so you don’t have to. Look no further than right here for your weekend listening material.
Charly Bliss – Guppy
Describing their sound as ‘bubblegrunge’ on Facebook, Charly Bliss’ blend of sugary pop vocals and buzzy, distorted guitar treads the line somewhere between garage-rock and all-out teen-pop. Frontwoman Eva Hendricks switches effortlessly between playful irony and blunt sincerity in her lyrics. The effect throughout is that you’re always somewhere in between laughing and feeling slightly touched, which is exactly the effect this brand of indie-pop should have. Expertly endearing, remarkably vibrant and ridiculously addictive, Guppy is a great debut from a band we’ll undoubtedly be seeing a lot more of.
Woods – Love Is Love
Their second album in two years, Love Is Love was written following the 2016 presidential election as a response to the ever-spreading justification of hate. The album, quite straightforwardly, is about the nature of love and the power it holds in times like these. At just over 30 minutes, Love Is Love might be Woods’ simplest in terms of form. Six songs, all comprised of drifty psych-folk-rock, set a hazy bedding for what is a brief perspective on the uncertain times we currently face. Whilst the album feels for the most part optimistic, Woods acknowledge the rise of fear and hate in typically psychedelic terms: “A descending darkness / and it feels like a dream / but the trip gets worse / and I’m lost in a crowd.”
Tara Jane O’Neil – Tara Jane O’Neil
Releasing her eighth studio album, Tara Jane O’Neil hasn’t ever really fully broken into the frontline of the indie music conversation. But given the quality of her releases to date, including this week’s self-titled LP, O’Neil must be considered one of the most underrated indie artists around. Simple and sparse but quietly beautiful, Tara Jane O’Neil is an intimate, spotlessly produced singer-songwriter album enveloped in lovely instrumental features and tender vocals. Subtle and unassuming, this deeply rewarding post-indie-folk album deserves your attention.