This week in album releases features a lot of long-awaited payoffs. Hudson Mohawke is releasing his first studio album in six years, while Giorgio Moroder is putting out his first in three. In addition to these records finally dropping, we’ve also got albums from Nate Ruess, Ryn Weaver, Sorority Noise, and more. Here’s the new music you need to hear this week.
Nate Ruess – Grand Romantic
When The Format were releasing indie pop albums in the mid-2000s, no one would have imagined that frontman Nate Ruess would go on to found the enormously popular group fun. Similarly, no one thought that he would have enough success to go solo. But 10 years later, that’s the reality.
As opposed to the bombastic sound on Some Nights, Ruess is more insular and personal here, but still retains the ambitious sound he’s known for. This clash of big and small is found on songs like “What This World Is Coming To,” featuring Beck, and “Nothing Without Love.”
Hudson Mohawke – Lantern
Most of you probably know HudMo, as he cut his teeth with the larger-than-life Kanye West, producing on songs like “Mercy,” “Blood On the Leaves,” and “I Am A God.” But Hudson has been making music for the better part of a decade. His second studio album, Lantern, comes six years after his debut and his sound continues to resemble something a few years into the future rather than something that’s contemporary. From what we’ve heard so far in “Warriors” and “Very First Breath,” he’s still setting the pace rather than following the crowd.
Ryn Weaver – The Fool
Perhaps the first breakthrough pop star of 2015, Ryn Weaver has already got a legion of online fans from her viral hit “Octahate.” Now with her full-length dropping this week, featuring production from Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos and bona fide hitmaker Benny Blanco, she’s ready to trade her internet fame for worldwide acclaim.
Sorority Noise – Joy, Departed
The sophomore album from Connecticut emo punks Sorority Noise, Joy, Departed, could be the one to launch them out of house shows and dives, not that they’d want to leave. Joining Topshelf Records with other like-minded acts like You Blew It! and Braid, Sorority Noise can hopefully move past the label of riding an “emo revival” and just exist as a band making good music. Just the opening strums of single “Nolsey” should be enough to convince you.
Here’s what else is out this week:
Active Child – Mercy
KEN Mode – Success
F*cked Up – Year Of The Hare EP
Mates Of State – You’re Going To Make It EP
Nick Diamonds – City of Quartz
Third Eye Blind – Dopamine EP
mewithoutYou – Pale Horses
Heartless Bastards – Restless Ones
Adam Lambert – The Original High
High On Fire – Luminiferous
Giorgio Moroder – Deja Vu
Mika – No Place In Heaven
Hilary Duff – Breathe In. Breathe Out.