The Alt Weekly Roundup (10/19)

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The Alternative Weekly Roundup is a column where our staff plugs a variety of new releases in a concise, streamlined format. Albums, singles, videos, and live sets. Check back each Monday to see what we were jamming the week prior.

Cloud Nothings—”Am I Something”

The ever-prolific Cloud Nothings are back again. “Am I Something” calls back to the energy and the melody of 2014’s exceptional Here and Nowhere Else. “Am I something good?” Dylan Baldi asks in the song’s bridge, in characteristically self-deprecating fashion. It’s something great. 

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Burr Oak—”Trying”

With a plush, delicate sound, artist Burr Oak fits in well with contemporaries like Snail Mail and Fenne Lily. “Trying” details the incongruity of understanding that a past lover is unkind, but still longing for their presence.

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet 

Jeff Rosenstock—”OLD COLD”

Jeff Rosenstock has been quietly putting up home recordings on Bandcamp under the album title Dump 2020, and his latest song shows how effective he is at conveying a feeling with just his voice and an acoustic guitar. “OLD COLD” sounds like a lullaby about how emotionally exhausted we all are, and how we know just curling up in bed won’t make all the awful go away. But it might (sort of, a little) make you feel better, especially if you have someone to share a blanket with.

Jami Fowler | @audiocurio

Soft Blue Shimmer—Nothing Happens Here

Soft Blue Shimmer’s Nothing Happens Here was a lovely debut EP, but the LA three-piece’s latest single blows away anything they’ve done previously. “Cherry Cola Abyss” is a masterclass in dream-pop glory, a beautiful six-minute ballad that plays like 2020’s answer to “Heaven Or Las Vegas.” 

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Quinton Brock—”To The Moon” 

Quinton Brock’s “To The Moon” is a coasting tune adorned with slick falsettos that encompasses both alternative and hip-hop influences. The video matches this well: the bulk of it is shot in slow-motion and it moves at about the same pace as the song.

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet 

Black Foxxes—”Jungle Skies”

Black Foxxes have embraced the vibes. “Jungle Skies” follows in the path of the band’s recent singles, emphasizing haunting ambiance over throat-shredding aggression. It’s a great fit for the trio.  

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

The Alternative’s ‘New Music Friday’ playlist

Each week our editor Lindsy Carrasquillo compiles a playlist of songs our staff has been jamming. We’ll post it on Fridays on Twitter and then include it in each edition of the ‘Weekly Roundup’ to make sure you don’t miss all of the great music we’re recommending.

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