We listen to new music every week, but finding out what’s new isn’t always easy. Below is a list of our favorite new albums and single that dropped this week so you can keep your head bobbing all through your commute and drum on your desk to the dismay of all your co-workers. Here are the best releases for the second week of October 2104.
New Albums for October 14, 2014
Tomorrow Was the Golden Age
Bing and Ruth
The second album from the New York instrumental outfit utilizes seven different musicians to create a dense and varied sound that swings from highs and lows like a pendulum, going from quiet lows to ringing highs.
British pop star Jessie J brings in some heavy hitter for reinforcements on her third studio album, which features the likes of Nikki Minja, Ariana Grande, 2 Chainz, De La Soul, and others chipping in.
Heart on My Sleeves
On her debut album, Mary Lambert — the featured singer on Macklemore’s “Same Love”–puts her poetic skills to work, bringing melancholy melodies to match her heart-on-the-table lyrical openness.
Kele is best known as the frontman for Bloc Party, but on his own he’s managed to smooth out his sound and subdue some of the dance beats. It plays less like a party and more like a smaller, intimate get together.
Ragged and Dirty
Chicago’s Devon Allman uses his second studio record to create a melting pot for guitar riffs, combining his influences from the blues world with R&B and rock elements to create a strong offering of guitar-heavy music.
Pharmakon, the stage name of New York noise rocker Margaret Chardiet, is unapologetically loud on her second studio album. At just 30 minutes long, she’s packed every bit of the human experience into it.
Formerly of Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Ford has dropped her backing band and picked up a new crew – and new sound – to back her. Her voice is as powerful as ever, and her music just as soulful as it ever was.
Singer-songwriter Meiko is decidedly darker on her third studio album. There is little sun-drenched sound in Dear You, though it remains open for discussion thanks to her style of conversational lyrics.
Lips Are Moving
Meghan Trainor’s been able to ride high on the success of “All About That Bass,” and “Lips Are Moving” doesn’t deviate too much from the formula. Though, why should it? Both songs are undeniably catchy and fun.
Charli XCX is quickly making her case to be a pop chart main stay, with nearly every track she releases heading straight up the charts. Her album keeps getting delayed, but “London Queen” is a fine consolation prize.
Sue (or In a Season of Crime)
David Bowie seems to like to float in and out, dropping music when he feels like it – and doing whatever he wants. His newest offering is a seven-minute spanning ballad of dark, jazzy storytelling.
T.I. feat. Pharrell
The full length T.I. album will be out soon. After his last single featuring Iggy Azalea, the Atlanta rapper has called in Pharrell, the producer/Billboard chart whisperer to help out with the title track from the upcoming record.
Time and Fallen Leaves
You might also know Akdon Musician as AKMU. No matter how you know the brother and sister duo, this K-pop hit makers are offering up a new single with a subtle guitar and beautiful piano.
Next page: Hot new albums and singles from the first week of October 2014.