It’s been another week of new music being released in abundance. The views of our writers on the latest offerings from Justice, Metallica, and more will be shared on State in the coming days. In the meantime, here are some other albums put forth today that you should spin over the weekend.
Ray Toro – Remember the Laughter (We Are The Lucky Ones)
Formerly of My Chemical Romance, Ray Toro continues to make music outside of the black parade. Remember the Laughter is the second solo album to be released by Toro after he took a leap with last years, For The Lost and Brave which he claimed was his first time writing and arranging music entirely by himself. The musician has described his latest record as a sort of mild concept album likening the songs to memories from his childhood and formative years. Lyrical themes include experiences of love and losses that he hopes to pass on to make growing up easier for his three year old son.
Lanikai – Lanikai (Hidden Pony Records)
First impressions of the self-titled debut by Lanika (the new solo venture by Marti Sarbit of Imaginary Cities) are favourable. The songs of heart-felt longing and affection are set to a radio friendly, retro inspired pop melodies combined with Sarbit’s vocals which are like a distant doppleganger of Lykke Li. This easy listening album is a soothing introduction into the latest chapter in Marti Sarbit’s career.
Title Tracks – Long Dream (Ernest Jenning Records)
It has been five years since we’ve been treated to new material by Title Tracks, the Washington based trio made up of John Davis (Q And Not U), Michael Cotterman (The Loved Ones) and Elmer Sharpe (Roofwalkers). Long Dream has been asserted already as a strong return from the band after they released the power-pop lead single, ‘Low Cool.’ Hopefully the guys keep up this momentum and continue to release new material abundantly.
DIANA – Familiar Touch (Caroline Records)
This Canadian trio are often associated sonically with Lower Dens, Craft Spells and Blouse, the darker outliers of dreamy electro-pop providers, however that is not to say that they do not possess a distinctive quality to their sound. DIANA excited their fans when they announced earlier in the year that they were getting ready to release their sophomore album, Familiar Touch after a three year gap. If these chilly winter nights are putting you off leaving the house to engage in weekend gallivanting then just pop this album on to get you in the mood to socialise.
Meltybrains? – Kiss Yourself EP (Meltylabs)
The classically trained musicians release their second EP, Kiss Yourself which features the songs ‘Know My Name’ and ‘Step’. The band quickly gathered a cult following to their overlapping genre sounds and inimitable live performances. The band have decided to launch the EP in a very unique way. They’ve organised an event that you should put some time aside for, 5-a-side to be precise. Join Meltybrains? in London’s Queen Elizabeth’s Olympic Park for a spot of footy and possibly tunes.