New Release Tuesday: Sept. 17

MGMTWelcome to New Releases Tuesday on WERS. Every Tuesday we take a look around the music scene and bring you updates on, you guessed it, the new albums coming out this week.

JACK JOHNSON: From Here to Now to You

This will be Johnson’s sixth studio album in a career that spans a little over a decade. The album’s 12 tracks follow suit with the former pro surfer’s typical – and successful – acoustic pop style. The first single, “I Got You” is one of a handful of songs on the record that were inspired and pay tribute to Johnson’s wife Kim.

The album’s release comes on the heels of Johnson’s newest tour announcement, with dates slated for New York, Washington DC and Philadelphia.

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This self-titled release is the band’s third studio album and comes almost three years after the band’s somewhat well-received second record, Congratulations.

In many minds, Congratulations failed to live up to the greatness of the band’s first album, Oracular Spectacular, a release that has been described by many as a “game changer” in pop-rock music.

This newest release, however, strays even further away from the vibe of Oracular Spectaular and into more of an unknown musical realm. It employs sounds and effects typically not combined or favored by the average pop-rock listener.

A recent review of the album by Pitchfork indicated that “being weird is serious business” for the band in this release. It’d be safe to say the band is undergoing an a-typical musical evolution and this third album certainly continues, on point, with this trend.

GROUPLOVE: Spreading Rumours

Grouplove has been busy! Not only are they set to release their second, highly-anticipated album, Spreading Rumours, they’ve also just concluded an eleven-city tour that featured two sets at each stop. They’ve also signed onto to this year’s Campus Consciousness Tour and will appear in their first music festival at Austin City Limits.

Love for the group – pun intended – has been steadily increasing since the release of their latest hit single “Ways to Go”. Since this single climbed the charts, the band has been testing the waters of various – and at times – random ventures, including a three-day art-installation including original paintings by the band’s front woman.

But in the end, it all comes down to the music. This highly-anticipated release features sounds similar to those highlighted in the single “Ways to Go” including pop-dance beats and catchy sound beds. Let’s hope the band can slow down for a hot minute to enjoy the success and notoriety this album is expected to bring.

By Amanda Beland

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