This Fall has been filled with new releases that I can’t stop listening to. From Janelle Monáe’s The Electric Lady to Bastille’s Bad Blood (which I’ve had on repeat since the album came out in March while I was studying abroad in London), my ears have been happy. Continuing on into October, the list of new releases I am looking forward to is extensive. It’s hard for me to pick my favorites, but I’ve tried to narrow it down to 10, so here goes nothing. BY ANJELICA OSWALD
1. HAIM – Days Are Gone (September 30)
The three Haim sisters have a unique indie-rock sound, and I’m addicted to their music. NPR described their music as “thoughtful and playful,” and that is exactly what it is. There are songs for people who like dance music, slow songs, rock songs, angsty songs, or a variety of all types.
2. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience: Part 2 (September 30)
If you liked Part 1 of JT’s 20/20 Experience, then I’m the sure the second part is heaven continuing. It came as a surprise when JT emerged once again in January of 2013. It was an even bigger surprise when he announced two CDs within a few months. I can’t wait to have this one on repeat.
3. Lorde – Pure Heroine (September 30)
Lorde is my current addiction. This 16-year-old has one of the most unique voices that I’ve ever heard. Not only is her voice brilliant, but her songs are incredibly mature for a 16-year-old. She is a rising queen in music, and we need to get behind her.
4. Panic! At the Disco – Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! (October 8 )
I was a Panic! fan in my middle school days, and then I just kind of stopped listening to them. When Fall Out Boy reunited, I got back into my middle school phase, which means I also got back into Panic!. I’m curious to see if I’ll enjoy this new album. Gigwise has said that the album has more of an “electro pop” feel, but it still carries on the rock feel as before, so I have a feeling it’ll make the cut.
5. Kodaline – In A Perfect World (October 8)
This Irish band released their album overseas in June, and they’re finally bringing it the States this October. The songs tend to fall on the slower side, so it’s more of a CD to study to rather than to dance to, but I digress.
6. Cage the Elephant – Melophobia (October 8)
I love Cage the Elephant; I always have. Matthew Shultz’s voice is intoxicating, and I always find myself singing and dancing along to my favorite songs. Their first single off this album, “Come a Little Closer,” showcases Shultz’s voice in more of a croon rather than its usual raspiness, but he pulls it off. A little change is always good.
7. Miley Cyrus – Bangerz (October 8)
I’m not looking forward to this album as much as I’m curious about how it is going to sound. “Wrecking Ball” is my jam, and “We Can’t Stop” is my guilty pleasure. If those two songs are any indication of how catchy the rest of the album will be, then I’m ready for it. But if more songs follow the path of “23,” well, I won’t be listening to the album on repeat.
8. The Head and the Heart – Let’s Be Still (October 15)
Everybody should listen to the glory that is The Head and the Heart. This indie folk group mixes hauntingly beautiful harmonies with addictive melodies. They’ve also been booked as a musical guest for Hart of Dixie this season. Take a listen; you won’t regret it.
9. The Avett Brothers – Magpie and the Dandelion (October 15)
My favorite brothers are back at it (as well as with their other bandmates), and I couldn’t be happier. The harmonies, the beats, the mixture of genres — these boys mix everything so wonderfully, and this album is sure to be a hit.
10. One Direction – Midnight Memories (November 25)
Okay, so this technically is a winter release, but I can’t NOT put it on my list. I’m not ashamed to admit that I am obsessed with this band. There’s just something about them that makes me listen to every song on repeat for days on end. I know I’m in the minority of 20-somethings when it comes to loving One Direction, but I will forever be a fan.
Album covers courtesy of iTunes