The Alt Weekly Roundup (9/28)

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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.

Souvenirs—”Be Sweet”

I’ve been anxiously awaiting new music from Souvenirs. Their last LP, 2017’s excellent Posture of Apology, drank from the same well as bands like All the Day Holiday or early Death Cab. The band’s newest single “Be Sweet” has a bit more bite to it, a driving indie rock song that builds on the foundation Posture laid down without feeling like a retread. It’s possible, even likely, Love for the Lack of It will be their third straight home run.

Zac Djamos | @gr8whitebison

Aurora View—”Honey Oil”

Aurora View’s latest track “Honey Oil” is dim and rumbling, comparable to Cloakroom in that sense. The video is coated in artistic flair, from the sepia hue to the lush arrangement of leafy plants.

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet 

Free Radicals—White Power Outage Vol. 1

The multicultural collective Free Radicals have made a soundtrack to the fight against everything that is wrong with America right now. White Power Outage Vol. 1 boasts 23 tracks ranging from hip-hop and funk, to surf rock and reggae, and everything in between—and it still manages to feel like a cohesive album full of fire by multi-generational activists. The track “Cash Out” features Houston artist Nosaprise rapping about police violence, slinging the line “Justicism is a mechanism for supremacism”. Music is a vital part of an uprising, and Free Radicals have given us a revolution’s worth.

Jami Fowler | @audiocurio

Topographies—”Rose of Sharon”

The ever-prolific Topographies have decided to grace us with yet another release, this time a full-length LP. It’s preceded by the wonderful “Rose of Sharon,” a delightful taste of the band’s blend of post-punk and shoegaze 

Zac Djamos | @gr8whitebison

bugsy—”talk to you”

bugsy’s “talk to you” is about wanting to avoid someone who’s insistent on making contact, closing with the line, “I think that it’s time you leave me alone” to drive it home. It has a sugary fuzziness to it that’s similar to Ratboys.

Bineet Kaur | @hellobineet 

Portrait People—”W”

“W,” the latest single from Portrait People’s forthcoming debut album, builds on a haunting acoustic riff, with layers and textures slowly added until the song breaks out into a soaring guitar solo. If the track is any indication, Portrait People’s self-titled record should not be one to miss.

Aaron Eisenreich | @slobboyreject

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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