The Alt Weekly Roundup (2/7)

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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.

Highwind – “Fine for You”

Highwind’s “Fine for You” is pop rock excellence, like The 1975 meets Young Culture.

 Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Winifer Odd – Everything Descending

London three-piece Winifer Odd make quite an introduction with their debut EP Everything Descending. At six songs and an average runtime of over 5-and-a-half minutes per song, it’s an undertaking, but it never feels like a slog. Instead, Winifer Odd’s dreary and ruminative slowcore feels like a journey, especially on moments like the cathartic, heavy final minutes of “Shiner” or the country tinges of the eight-minute title track.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Little Heretic – Lost in the Ever Present Distance

Zack Shaw’s latest project is probably the softest thing he’s ever done. Lost in the Ever Present Distance, released under the name Little Heretic, is piano-led indie that bears more than a passing resemblance to Jack’s Mannequin’s more subdued work, with shades of alt-country influence cropping up here and there. It’s a really great sound for Shaw, whose timbre seems perfectly suited to this style of pastoral rock.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Clear Capsule – Gravity Licker

Gravity Licker is nominally a shoegaze album, but even that famously amorphous tag barely encompasses the various sounds and styles Clear Capsule crams into these 25-ish minutes. It’s at various points industrial, dance-y, spacey, electronic, atmospheric, and wild as all get-out. There’s really no one else doing it like Clear Capsule.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Double Gainer – B-Sides & Rarities

Double Gainer’s debut EP isn’t ironically titled — these are literally songs that got cut from their upcoming debut LP. That should be a hint towards that album’s strength, because the songs on B-Sides & Rarities are some of the best pop-punk in years.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Ithaca – “They Fear Us”

Ithaca’s punishing debut The Language of Injury was acclaimed, and with good reason – the London post-hardcore troupe are one of the freshest and most exhilarating groups in heavy music. With the release of “They Fear Us,” the first single off their upcoming LP of the same name, it looks like they’re keeping that up. This song, not to put too fine a point on it, straight-up goes nuts.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Sonhos Tomam Conta – Insolação

Each new Sonhos Tomam Conta release seems to eclipse the last. With every new album, the Brazilian singer-songwriter hones her dark and broody shoegaze and Insolação is no exception. Her most powerful and engrossing yet, it’s only meant to be a prelude to her upcoming full-length Maladaptive Daydreaming, and, on the strength of songs like the seven-minute opener “corpos gelados, manhãs de sol,” it seems like that LP will be even better.

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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