The Alt Weekly Roundup (5/4)

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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.

KINDER — “Gently” feat. Paige Bea

London’s Leo Wyatt emerges with “Gently,” a track mixing radio pop and hints of jazz. All this survives over a bed of violin. The word “gently” echoes and builds through subtle and leveled crescendo.

Jane Lai | @soldtogod3000

Paerish—Fixed It All

Fixed It All, the sophomore LP by Paerish, is the album for you if, like me, you wish Basement would return to the sweet ‘90s alt rock revival of Colour Me in Kindness. Paerish isn’t derivative by any means, though; songs like “Mike + Susan” distill their influences into a sound all their own.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Carol—“Change To Survive”

Carol Flaherty’s new track is an exercise in how much control she has in all registers of her voice, like a flight sampler. It stretches, bends, maintains, and grows alongside quiet harmonies, an acoustic guitar, and whispering violin. 

Jane Lai | @soldtogod3000

The Undertaking—Funeral Psalms

Every Time I Die hasn’t announced their new album yet, and I’m getting frustrated. Thankfully, The Undertaking! just dropped their debut LP Funeral Psalms, and it’s scratching that itch for me—thirty minutes of tight, chaotic metalcore that goes down like honey. 

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Trade Wind—”Nine Tails”

It’s pretty wild to think that the members of Trade Wind are best known for their work as hardcore stalwarts Stray from the Path and Stick to Your Guns. “Nine Tails,” the band’s latest single, could hardly be further from the fiery punk of those groups; it’s a slow and dreamy dirge complete with beats and layered vocals. 

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Hot Mulligan—”Pop Shuvit (Hall of Meat, Duh)”

You’ll Be Fine might’ve been the best pop-punk album of last year. Hot Mulligan is already gearing up to drop the follow-up, the I Won’t Reach Out to You EP. It’s a pivot away from the more aggressive, throat-shredding style of that album and towards melodic powerpop — see, for example, lead single “Pop Shuvit (Hall of Meat, Duh),” which immediately cements itself as one of the band’s catchiest. Think “SPS” off You’ll Be Fine dialed up to eleven.

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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