The Alt Weekly Roundup (6/15)

Posted: by The Editor

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.

Daydream Review—”Blossom”

Daydream Review shared “Blossom,” a gauzy, swaying tune that falls within both shoegaze and synth-pop territories. It feels like Beach House, but a little less rigid.

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet

Yawning—Sometimes, Things Break.

Yawning’s latest album is a furious, technical speed run through the various styles of emo of the past decade. Sometimes Things Break is only 20 minutes, too, so there’s no reason not to press replay.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Bedtime Khal—Fog

Fog is the third EP from Bedtime Khal, the dreamy bedroom pop project of Michigan’s Khal Malik, and it’s his most enticing yet. Opener “Black Tears” sounds like the step It Looks Sad declined to take between the pop punk of their Kaiju ep and the all-out dream pop of Sky Lake, an invigorating mixture of energy and atmosphere. Later, highlight “Zaheer” has Malik treading over more wistful territory, longing for the coast over a guitar and seems to be pacing thoughtfully up and down stairs. 

Jordan Walsh | @jordalsh

Mountain Time—”Lady of the Radiator”

The warm folk of “Lady of the Radiator,” the new single by Mountain Time—Chris Simpson from Mineral’s most recent project—feels like a thick blanket on a cool winter day. 

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Riverby—”Nose To Nose”

Philly’s Riverby had a big week—they announced their new album Smart Mouth and their signing to Take this to Heart Records, capping it all off with a release of two new songs. Both are excellent, but I want to highlight their incredible album opener “Nose To Nose,” a pop-rock song that blows introspection to epic proportions, a thundering chorus aiming to confront your own inner demons with purpose (“I’m nose to nose with myself again”). Keep an eye out for Smart Mouth, out July 10. 

Jordan Walsh | @jordalsh

SummerStage Anywhere—”The People Speak”

SummerStage Anywhere is a new digital series in collaboration with VOICES, a nonprofit arts, education and social justice organization, that will feature contemporary artists and authors who will use events, music and words from our nation’s history as inspiration for new discussions. See their kick off video from this weekend, “The People Speak”, below.

Kyle Musser | @godvfwine

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.

The Alternative is ad-free and 100% supported by our readers. If you’d like to help us produce more content and promote more great new music, please consider donating to our Patreon page, which also allows you to receive sweet perks like free albums and The Alternative merch.