it’s hard to believe that this is already the penultimate monthly review segment of 2015 (remember, year-end reviews take precedence in december). october has been busy; a slew of promising albums were accompanied by announcements of full-lengths due to arrive in early 2016, often with enticing lead singles attached. you know the drill: albums first, then singles. dig in.
october 2nd: chad valley – entirely new blue
october 16th: majical cloudz – are you alone?
october 30th: foxing – dealer
chad valley kicked off the month with his break-up album entirely new blue, a whirlwind endeavor that pairs hugo manuel’s growing penchant for rich, massive pop hooks with his ability to recount extraordinarily empathetic personal narratives, while bay area quintet deafheaven released new bermuda, the anticipated follow-up to 2013’s breakthrough sunbather, to critical acclaim. the middle of october found prolific philadelphia singer-songwriter alex g putting forth beach music, his first effort for domino, former death cab for cutie member chris walla going ambient on his solo album tape loops, and established acts like neon indian and deerhunter returning with new full-lengths as well.
majical cloudz dropped off are you alone?, an ambitious but at times underwhelming batch of songs that may take a bit more time to digest, and venerated baltimore dream-pop duo beach house offered up their second full-length of 2015 with thank your lucky stars, an album that mildly contrasts august’s depression cherry. the month drew to a close with joanna newsom’s lauded divers and a promising sophomore effort from pure bathing culture, but foxing and florist capped things off in true autumnal fashion; the former’s sprawling dealer is the perfect chilly, late-night album that has the potential to endure for years to come, while the latter’s new ep holdly features a handful of intricate, bucolic anti-folk tunes hand-spun by emy sprague.
as is often the case this time of year, many of the singles that dropped this month were the first samplings of what 2016 will have to offer. daughter’s affecting “doing the right thing” will appear on the trio’s new album not to disappear in mid-january, and scott reitherman will release his second full-length effort as pillar point the following week; if lead single “part time love” is any indicator, marble mouth will be even darker and more urgent than its predecessor. chairlift’s “ch-ching” was a mid-month spectacle and pushes moth firmly into our most-anticipated list for next year, while smaller synth-pop acts like phoria and white sea provided sufficient intrigue in their forthcoming projects.
meanwhile, other acts, such as the japanese house and goldlink, teased music from their respective releases due out next month, while heavyweights like grimes and adele confirmed late-year full-length releases prefaced with substantial rollout campaigns of lead singles, music videos, and confirmed concert specials.
november holds great potential. in addition to the aforementioned efforts from the japanese house and goldlink, ambient mastermind nick principe has announced a new full-length as port st. willow, due out november 20th, and canadian dream-pop duo released a new single called “dream shake” from their recently-completed album soft hate, which will hopefully drop sooner rather than later. as always, check this space at the end of next month for a quick recap and a peak into upcoming events.