time off from writing proved to be rejuvenating. it also helped that this month wound up being absolutely stacked with phenomenal full-length releases, monumental stand-alone cuts, and enticing announcements of impending albums. as always, we’ll tackle material in the aforementioned order.
may 5th: scallops hotel – plain speaking
may 12th: eskimeaux – o.k.
may 26th: summer camp – bad love
mikal cronin released the third installment in his self-titled album series, mciii, at the top of the month, but we were completely enamored by plain speaking, the latest full-length from rory ferreira’s scallops hotel project. ever the astute observer of intertwining similarities in pop culture, ferreira ditches the non-sequiturs in favor of more personal lyrics throughout plain speaking; it’s a conscious disconnect from the persona culled from his milo moniker and is arguably his most definitive piece of work to date. the middle of the month saw a tandem of releases from artists that will actually tour together this summer: eskimeaux released their triumphant and nuanced o.k. via double double whammy while elvis depressedly fired off the beautifully optimistic new alhambra through run for cover records. they’ll be joined on tour by mitski, whose bury me at makeout creek was insanely well-received last year.
shamir let go of his major-label debut ratchet the following week, an offering that pairs the young songwriter’s effortless wide vocal range with a smattering of pop hooks and accessible dance beats. on the other end of the electronic spectrum was holly herndon’s platform, released through the venerable 4ad records, and somewhere in the middle was gosh pith’s window ep, a collection of the singles the duo had been teasing for the past few months. rounding out the month of may was summer camp, whose third album bad love proved to be just as cinematic as its predecessors while simultaneously expanding the british duo’s sonic comfort zone.
the latest single from anthony ferraro’s astronauts, etc. was sitting in our inbox when we returned from our hiatus; the oakland outfit will release a full-length this fall, and “no justice” joins “i know” as a reason to keep your ears peeled for this project. two of the dimestore’s most esteemed young rap artists also teased pieces from their upcoming projects: vince staples released the haunting video for “señorita” off of his impending summertime ’06 full-length while chicago’s mick jenkins let go of “p’s & q’s,” the second single culled from his wave[s] ep, which still doesn’t have a concrete release date. may was no stranger to indie rock stalwarts announcing new projects, as dan bejar’s destroyer released “dream lover” off of the upcoming poison season and baltimore dream-poppers beach house eased into the promotional cycle for their fifth full-length, depression cherry.
this coming tuesday is stacked with notable releases across the spectrum to kick off the month of june, from sun kil moon and jamie xx to tenement and communions. some clarity should be provided about mick jenkins’ wave[s] ep, a release that’s quickly becoming one of our most-anticipated of the summer, and we’ll be digesting donnie trumpet & the social experiment’s surf mixtape while we wait. in the meantime, be on the lookout for confirmed full-length releases from sorority noise and vince staples, and as always check back here at the end of the month for a full recap.