The most exciting new release this week is The Most Lamentable Tragedy by New Jersey band Titus Andronicus. On this 29-song, 94+-minute rock opera, frontman Patrick Stickles details his struggle with manic depression. KEXP Music Director Don Yates says the album, “features a full, grand sound to match with strings (courtesy of Owen Pallett), piano, horns, organ and more fleshing out a fierce, on-point rock band blending anthemic Springsteen rock with blazing hardcore punk, reckless Replacements abandon, stomping Pogues Celtic punk, Stones swagger, choral majesty and more on an impressive variety of literate, live-wire songs that add up to one of the year’s best albums.”
Other highlights this week include the latest from Seattle’s own Seapony. Yates calls the band’s third release, “another captivating set of breezy, well-crafted dream-pop with jangly, surf-inflected guitars, atmospheric keyboards, wistful melodies, soft, airy vocals and melancholy lyrics. The album also features a bit more of an organic sound, mainly due to swapping out the drum machines of their first two records in favor of live drums.”
Albert Hammond, Jr., guitarist for The Strokes, shares his third solo album, teaming up again with producer Gus Oberg. Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio shares a new single under his solo project moniker Baio, a sneak peek at his fall full-length The Names.
Purchase College, NY artist Steph Knipe — recording under the name Adult Mom — reveals her debut, “a promising set ranging from lilting garage-pop to stark, intimate folk-pop, with her soft, light vocals delivering often brutally honest lyrics revolving around gender identity, heartache, loss and growing up.” Breakout UK star Lianne La Havas (who’s appeared on releases by Prince and Alt-J) releases her sophomore full-length Blood.