The Alt Weekly Roundup (9/13)

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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.

Greet Death – “I Hate Everything”

“I Hate Everything” might be the calmest Greet Death song yet. Like the title suggests, it retains the band’s pessimism, but this time it’s wrapped up in a swaying, almost alt-country daze rather than the thick fuzz that defined New Hell. And who’d’ve known it was such a good look for the Michigan three-piece?

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Julia Shapiro – “Death (XIII)”

Everyone needs to be paying attention to Julia Shapiro, and now is a good time to start since she just dropped a single for her new album Zorked (out October 15th) that is perfect for Spooktember. “Death (XIII)” was inspired by the Death tarot card and is droney, H E A V Y, dark shoegaze perfection. The video, directed by Chris Wade, fits the aural mood, built around a creepy crazed fan/stalker oozing with serial killer scariness. Shapiro is summoning enough eeriness to haunt a house and I am totally here for it.

Jami Fowler | @audiocurio

Charlotte Cornfield – “Partner in Crime”

“I spilled a glass of water / The second that I met you,” Charlotte Cornfield sings over a thumping bass line and straightforward drumbeat to start “Partner in Crime.” Packed with pulled-from-life lyrics, the track is an ode to meeting a new person who lifts a weight from your soul. The simple chorus of “There was so much bad news / Before I met you” cuts deeper than you might think on first read and perfectly encapsulates the feelings of transformation and optimism that come with a new connection. Check out the Wes Anderson-themed video below.

Aaron Eisenreich | @slobboyreject

She/Beast – “Fan Club Leader”

She/Beast is the solo project of Sweden’s Katja Nielsen (Arre Arre!), and her new single sounds like if a 60s girl group watched a bunch of B horror movies and came out stronger because of the grizzly movie marathon. Her upcoming album Violent Tendencies is a concept album of sorts, telling the stories of female murderers; “Fan Club Leader” is an actual bop about a fan shooting their idol, and it has enough pulp and garage pop panache to pull it off.

Jami Fowler | @audiocurio

Super American – “RIP JEFF”

Super American’s new single finds the band at their most reflective. “RIP JEFF” is half lament for a dead enemy and half contemplation on mortality in general. It’s not the party-ready pop-punk of Tequila Sunrise, that’s for sure, but it’s a nice change of pace for the band.

Zac Djamoos | @gr8whitebison

Midnight Satire – “A.R.”

Midnight Satire’s single “A.R.” is an interesting blend of organic and electronic. The Orlando artist layers acoustic guitar and warm horns over vocal effects and Postal Service-esqe synths with a buildup that any emo fan would enjoy. It’s dream pop for a night drive, full of texture and drama.

Jami Fowler | @audiocurio

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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