1. To The Tall Trembling Trees by Fences - This is for the mellow ear to enjoy while sitting back and relaxing. Last week, I saw Christopher Mansfield (the lead singer/guitarist of Fences) give a solo performance of most of the new album. The performance was extremely intimate, featuring a lot of philosophical side-stories told by Mansfield. One of them related to all of us being a dot on the globe spinning around and somehow being able to stay on the earth. The new album clearly displays the odd inner-thoughts of Mansfield. At times, they are depressing but still beautiful nonetheless.
Favorite tracks: Pale Paper, Cedar Wesley, and Buffalo Feet
2. Signs of Light by The Head and the Heart - Here's a new groovy indie album that dropped last Friday. As a Seattlite, I'm sorry to admit that I was unfamiliar with The Head and the Heart until just a few months ago. I love the lead singer's voice, especially when he really gets into it. Luckily he does that plenty on the new album. If you are at all into the indie scene for music, you have got to check out Signs of Light. The first track kicks off the album with a retrospective kickstart that jolts you straight into the intensity of the music.
Favorite tracks: All We Ever Knew, Rhythm & Blues, and Turn it Around
3. Wild World by Bastille - Bastille took the world by storm with their debut album, Bad Blood. The lead singer's accent blends really well with their distinct rhythms and use of instrumentals. Most of their songs chug along like a machine grinding its gears in a constant pattern. Yet, the pattern never gets old or boring because of the catchy choruses and unique sounds. The new album features some interesting dialogue at the beginning of a few of the songs, which is a cool addition that they started with a deluxe version of their first album. Wild World is a great follow-up to their debut album and I will forever be hooked on this band now.
Favorite tracks: Good Grief, The Currents, Warmth, and Lethargy
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