the dimestore offices began the month headquartered at the very tip of the pacific northwest and end it back in central wisconsin. the transition has felt comfortable; the site’s ties have always been firmly rooted in the midwest music scene, and it’s good to be in close proximity once again. we still managed to keep tabs on new and notable music that emerged throughout the month. read on for our thoughts on august in music.
august 14th: morly – in defense of my muse
august 21st: the road chief – all my love
cascine stole our hearts and our ears this month. morly’s debut ep is already one of our favorites of the year (and there’s reportedly a follow-up due this fall), while mark mcguire’s pop side-project unabashedly embraces the genre, crafting numerous earworms across all my love. elsewhere, mac demarco kicked august off with his signature brand of chilled-out, dexterous guitar pop and dr. dre dropped compton, his first album in sixteen years, to neatly coincide with the release of the new n.w.a. biopic. the middle of the month found electronic artist teen daze embracing his singer-songwriter side on the wonderfully organic morning world, while fka twigs offered up the jolting m3lli55x, an ep that has us salivating for lp2.
mick jenkins delivered his much-awaited follow-up effort wave[s], which itself serves as a stop-gap while he preps his proper debut album the healing component, but the ep’s nine tracks flesh out a lot of concrete ideas established on last year’s breakthrough the water[s]. the top-40 industry was blessed with titanic albums from both carly rae jepsen and the weeknd (beauty behind the madness is projected to sell 250,000 copies in its first week; yes, the comma is in the right spot), and august finished out strong with kicking every day, the visceral debut from ohio’s all dogs, and depression cherry, the latest addition to beach house’s definitive dream pop canon.
eric wells had a busy and rewarding month releasing music off of his new collaborative project with north house. we ran all three sayth tracks lifted from body pillow, including a premiere of “maybe god is afraid of us?”, and all signs point to wells realizing his full potential and becoming an even more prominent player in the midwest music scene very soon. additionally, his burgeoning microlabel lowkey radical is poised to have a busy release schedule this fall that will be well-documented here.
elsewhere in the singles department, diet cig delivered the b-side to their upcoming 7″, yumi zouma dug up an early unreleased track to use on a reissue of their two eps for cascine, and st. louis emo outfit foxing surged back with “the magdalene,” the lead single from their forthcoming sophomore effort dealer. the first supplemental material from lowkey radical began surfacing with the first collaborative track between sniffle party and two castles, and our departure from the pacific northwest was soundtracked by ell valk, a fellow recent expat who now records their sparse, acoustic musings on the opposite coast.
september will continue to be busy; the middle of the month will be stuffed full of new releases from astronauts, etc., skylar spence, lana del rey, chvrches, and kurt vile, and the space in between will inevitably be filled with new singles, music videos, and album announcements. we’ll do our best to keep up. check this space at the end of next month for a recap.