a deeply-bowed canoe is a sufficient metaphor for our perception of music released throughout june. the month kicked off with a large, fantastic swath of new albums before quickly bottoming out, but it sought redemption with another excellent collection of records, most of which dropped yesterday and today. as always, we’ll tackle those long-format offerings before moving on to single servings and other pertinent news. read on.
june 2nd: communions – communions
june 30th: vince staples – summertime ’06
as evidenced by the dates listed above, we didn’t put too much stock in the middle of the month, mostly because we were just too busy listening to tenement’s exhilarating predatory headlights. that album was part of a trifecta that hit in the beginning of june, along with a coming-of-age self-titled ep from communions and the heavily-anticipated solo debut from jamie xx, in colour. albums of note in the intermediate weeks were more scarce, but june embarked on an upswing beginning with bully’s feels like before closing out with vince staples’ ambitious debut double-album, the internet’s delectably funky ego death, and fog lake’s droning, soothing victoria park.
singles followed a similar but less-extreme pattern throughout june. two castles kicked things off with “liquor,” his most cohesive offering to date, while day wave, teen daze, and cemeteries all teased bits of upcoming full-length projects. the crown jewel of the month was undoubtedly sayth’s “pink pistols,” the lead single off of his forthcoming collaborative ep with north house, body pillow. expect to hear that in full sometime in early july.
we’re slowly starting to piece together a comprehensive map of anticipated album releases for the second half of 2015. astronauts, etc. continues to impress, putting their debut mind out wandering squarely on our list. we’re also looking forward to beach house, kurt vile, carly rae jepsen, and majical cloudz further out, but we’ll make do with impending albums from tame impala, lianne la havas, and titus andronicus for the time being. as always, check back here at the end of july for a detailed round-up.