There is a lot of music out this week and to be honest there is also a lot of talk that there is nothing worthwhile listening to this week. It’s not often I dig deep into what’s out there to prove some of my fellow contemporaries wrong. Let’s start for instance with The Wildhearts new album Renaissance Men. It is The Wildhearts first new album in some ten years, that harks back to some of what they did best on all their previous albums, a mixture of blistering hard rock and melodic power-pop. Moreover, I’m impressed by elements of punk, folk-rock and hints of industrial sounds on this new album. Set against somewhat of an angry tone, the album lyrically addresses issues like online bullying, the cynical nature of love and mental health. Definitely worth a listen, especially if you love the sounds of loud guitars and great riffs.

Father of the Bride is indie rock band Vampire Weekend’s long-awaited fourth album – their first new album since 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City. It curiously includes rich contributions from people like Steve Lacy, Rostam, Mark Ronson and notably my favourite Haim sister, singer and guitarist Danielle Haim. For the record, the three Nashville-tingled songs featuring Danielle Haim – Hold You Now, Married in a Gold Rush and We Belong Together –are already some of my favourite songs on the album. As a whole Father of the Bride is arguably Vampire Weekend’s best outing yet and I’m really enjoying the different territory they cover musically.

Australian indie rockers Little May are back with the release of their second album, Blame My Body. Honestly, I’m already smitten with Lover, Apples and As Loving Should, all songs I must add that feels bolder in approach, encompassing a terrific new sound, which pretty much steers clear of the folk leanings of their 2015 debut For The Company.

On their third album End Of Suffering Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have unleashed a solid collection of songs, combining all the elements you’d except to hear from any great punk band. But importantly, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes are also happy enough to experiment with their sound for instance using acoustic guitars, piano and electronic synths to great effect on songs like Anxiety, End of Suffering and Crowbar. Punk purists will either love or hate this album but there is no denying Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes are continuing to stake their claim as punk rocks new reigning kings.

Other notable new album releases this week:
Carolina Spence‘Mint Condition’ (Rounder Records)
Joy Williams ‘Front Porch’ (Sensibility Records)
Empath ‘Active Listening: Night On Earth’ (Get Better)
Big Thief ‘U.F.O.F.’ (4AD)
Rhiannon Giddens  ‘There Is No Other’ (Nonesuch)
Ashley Tisdale ‘Symptoms’ (Big Noise)

Posted by Robert Horvat

Robert Horvat is a Melbourne based blogger. He believes that the world is round and that art is one of our most important treasures. He has seen far too many classic films and believes coffee runs through his veins. As a student of history, he favours ancient and medieval history. Music pretty much rules his life and inspires his moods. Favourite artists include The Beatles, Pearl Jam, Garbage and Lana Del Rey.

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