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Trails of Flowers, dramas, science fiction, etc.

In this episode of What We’re Listening to, Engadget writers and editors discuss some of the music releases we’ve been playing on repeat lately. It’s safe to say that there is some variety in this list.

Sierra Ferrell almost seems out of place in 2024, but in the best way.She has a relaxed, old-fashioned country style that is sometimes reminiscent of the Carter Family or Flatt and Scruggs (her brilliant cover The latter duo have performed songs that are forever burned into my brain) and are just so refreshing. traces of flowersFerrell’s second studio album, goes even further with a more modern sound, but it retains that deeply Americana feel that seems like a natural fit for the West Virginia-born artist’s style .

Country music is not just one thing, nor is traces of flowers. It meanders through different flavors—folk, bluegrass, jazz—but it manages to do it in a way that feels cohesive when it’s all put together. The wistful “American Dream” and “Wish You Happiness” are offset by some of the more silly, whimsical songs like “I Can Drive You Crazy” or the deep cover of “Chitlin’ Cooking Time in Cheatham County.” Songs like “Money Train,” “I’ll Come Off the Mountain” and “Lighthouse” are instantly catchy. “Why Haven’t You Loved Me Yet” and “No Letter” feel like classics in the making.

Then comes the shameless, sinister, scorned lover’s lament, “Rosemary.” This was one of the songs that first got me hooked on Sierra Ferrell years ago, and I think that’s the case with a lot of fans who got it from Sierra Ferrell’s busking or her She has been following her career since the beginning of her career. Unforgettable GemsOnVHS performance.I was almost nervous to hear it traces of flowersfollowed by the full production after loving the raw, stripped-down recording that I’ve been replaying Youtube so long. But they do a great job of capturing that magic, and “Rosemary” is probably my favorite song on the album. It’s hard to choose, though.

Sometime early last year I discovered something I didn’t realize was missing from my life: medieval fantasy doom metal. I was at a gloriously psychedelic Made in Brooklyn show, watching the previous opening act of a band I was there to see, and unexpectedly found myself witnessing a choreographed sword fight (well, with a scythe) on stage. A woman in chain mail and a man in a hooded rat mask and underwear. I was already mesmerized by the band’s heavy, immersive riffs and the singer’s hypnotic, 1970s-style vocals, but in that moment, yes, everything fell into place. This was my introduction to Castle Rat, and it was great.

I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of their debut album ever since, starting with their second album released last month, an album titled Enter the realm — I play it on loop almost constantly. If you were to check the number of times I listened to the album’s standout ballad “Cry For Me,” it would actually be embarrassing. It’s a haunting, emotional song that really takes you on a journey and I’m kind of obsessed with it. Enter the realm The set opens with the choppy “Dagger Dragger,” followed by some real heavyweight tracks like “Feed the Dream,” “Fresh Fur,” and “Nightblood.” “Red Sands” is a slow-building powerhouse, and I even found myself liking the three roughly minute-long instrumental interludes that tie the entire album together.

The Band of Doom loves a good theme (so do I) and we tend to see a lot of weed, witchcraft, science fiction and fantasy popping up in the sub-genres that fall into this category. Castle Rat are definitely not the first band to feature this, but there’s a certain freshness to the band’s more specific, self-described middle Ages Fantasy brand, maybe because they work so hard on it. Their ’70s and ’80s influences are obvious, but everything they’ve put out so far still feels original. Some might find the whole thing gimmicky, but I think it works. Especially since they’re strong enough to back it up. I’m excited to see where Castle Rat goes from here.

Faceless girl, Ellie xAnother embarrassing song I listened to recently is strange worldtaken from Allie X’s latest album, faceless girl. Somehow I haven’t gotten tired of it yet, it makes me absolutely wild. faceless girl Filled with synth-pop gems like “Off With Her Tits” – a danceable, angsty anthem that’s sure to resonate with anyone who’s insecure about their body image – “John and Johnathan,” “ Black Eye” and “Staying Power”. “

club shy, shy girl This is just a collection of simple nonsense songs. Although the film is less than 16 minutes long, it is indeed shocking. If you need an immediate mood boost before a night out, this is the album for you.

Stampede: Volume 1orville peck Orville Peck’s debut album No bangs era is an album of duets, the first part of which was released on Friday and features artists such as Willie Nelson, Noah Cyrus and Elton John.I don’t have much time to spend with you Stampede: Volume 1 Not yet, but so far I’m loving it. “Conquer the Heart” ft. Nathaniel Ratliff and “How Far Can We Go?” with Noah Cyrus feel like they combined the best elements pony (2019) and mustang (2022). mustang Coming in two waves, so I hope we’ll see Volume 2 for stampede Soon after, too.

—Cheyenne MacDonald, Weekend Editor

Whenever I hear the word “banger” or “bop,” I don’t think of artists like Taylor Swift. I’m thinking of a vague genre of music known as bedroom pop. After all, Bop is in the name. Hannah Jadagu is a supreme bedroom pop wizard. Her first EP was made entirely on an old iPhone, and although she’s since graduated to a real studio, it’s still brilliant. Jadagu’s latest Sub Pop full-length album, aperture, full of bangers and bebop, my favorite being the lovelorn “Say It Now.” Listen to this. This could be a perfect pop song and definitely perfect for a road trip sing-along. The shoe-related “What You Did” is another classic song that could be on any decent summer playlist.

— Lawrence Bunker, special correspondent

“Justice” first full version cross from 2007 is one of my favorite albums of all time.Not only does it define the crunchy electronic sounds of the late 2000s and early 2010s bloghouse era, but it feels like a new French duo picking up where Daft Punk left off in 2005 After all, we are human beings. Now Justice is back with a fourth album super dramatic.But not inspired by a specific genre of music as we hear audio, video, disco stadium rock track or Women’s disco style rhythmically, the album feels more like the soundtrack to a moody sci-fi thriller, almost like it’s an alternative reality to Justice vs. Tron: Chronicles Soundtrack.

“Generator” is a certified hit, probably the song that sounds the most like a classic. “Neverender” and “One Night/All Night” are also highlights, although I think Justice may have relied too heavily on Tame Impala to give this album character. “Dear Alan” provides a super smooth atmosphere, Thundercat comes in with a pleasing appearance and gets the job done strongly on “The End”.

One thing I really miss at least is really Can dance track Just like we’ve seen on all of the band’s previous albums. I also have to admit that some of the songs in the middle come together in a less than memorable way.So although super dramatic Not a masterpiece from top to bottom cross Fifteen years ago, more justice was not a bad thing.

—Sam Rutherford, senior reporter

Over the past few weeks I’ve been listening mainly to songs from Science fiction, the first greatest hits album by Japanese pop singer Hikaru Utada.I’ve been a fan of theirs since they released their debut album first love Back in 1999, people were more likely to wonder about the fact that, yes, you could enjoy music with lyrics in a language you didn’t understand. Since then, Utada Satoshi has been in and out of the J-pop scene, and I didn’t hear anything from them for a long time. Every piece of new music is a gift, especially this album because it ties into their upcoming concert tour, which is a once-in-a-lifetime tour.

Utada experienced a renaissance in 2022 when their songs “First Love” and “Hatsukoi” (also translated as “First Love”) were featured in “(You Guessed It)”, a hit Japanese drama on Netflix first love.Of course these tracks are in Science fictionwhich also includes songs from various stages of Utada Satoshi’s career.

The album takes you on a journey from when they primarily produced R&B-style pop music to a time when their music became more experimental, and introduces you to their current sound that is both mainstream and unique. While some of the re-recorded versions of their older songs (such as “Traveling”) don’t quite hit the mark, it’s still a good representation of who Utada is as a musician. However, as a long-time fan, this album to me is not just a collection of songs, but a collection of memories from different stages of my life.

— Mariella Moon, special correspondent

There are several reasons”Xing Ran and No Kiss” Stand up and oppose I saw the TV glow The soundtrack is filled not only with beloved mainstream songs like Broken Social Scene’s “Hymn for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl,” but also features Phoebe Bridgers and Hop Below’s Frances Quinlan ) and other original songs by celebrities. If pushed into a corner, I would say the best thing about Starburned and Unkissed, and its biggest strength, is that it’s a little too slow.

Each note stretches and longs with adolescent impatience, on the verge of running out of air and snapping in half.like exactly the same glorious scene I saw the TV glow It was written to capture the lethargic anxiety of an overly warm, overcrowded, and isolating high school. Its guitar-crushing heaviness rises and falls erratically, imitating the experiments of childish hands. (It takes a second try for the choir, drums and guitar to all join in on cue.)

It’s unstable and hopeful. Caroline’s voice—gently marred by intentional auto-tune inflections—goes off-key during the song’s final choruses, threatening to ruin the dreamlike beauty of the past three minutes. It ends abruptly, begging to be listened to again, to be transported back to a time that cannot be recaptured.

“Lover’s drool plays in the background,” Claire Rousey— Rousey’s mood A perfect album to read outdoors on a cloudy day. I’m not sure I can pick one standout track because the real experience is just letting the whole thing overwhelm you, but this song is close enough.

“Brian’s Stickers,” Hot Mulligan — Classic pop-punk theme (“My job sucks and I hate everyone”), but man, what an earworm.

“On Brand”, Ekko Astral — A level of arrogance previously thought impossible. It’s hard not to love the chaos these people create.

“The Storm is Coming” is in full swing—— Much of High on Fire’s 20-plus years of work sounds like – and lyrically could be about – an axe-wielding barbarian ripping out bongs, or whatever other D&D nonsense they’re up to. (I say that with love. I love “High on Fire.”) The title track of the new song is… an unusual dirge? It felt very “old band showing their age” at first, but it was an intentional and welcome change to me. But they’re not off the hook for using artificial intelligence in their “Burning Down” music video. Come on guys.

Avery Ellis, deputy editor of The Report



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