Upper Wilds, Peter Bjorn and John, and Becky Warren
This week is pretty diverse, so before we dive into the selections from Upper Wilds, Peter Bjorn and John, and Becky Warren, let’s hand out the honorable mentions. Since October means spooky time, why not start yourself off with John Carpenter’s Halloween (2018 Soundtrack)? If eerie isn’t your thing, try Esperanza Spalding’s 12 Little Spells, Cloud Nothings’ Last Building Burning, MØ’s Forever Neverland, Empress Of’s Us, or Farao’s Pure-O.
Upper Wilds: Mars
To describe Upper Wilds‘ second album, Mars, please indulge me in a thought experiment. Imagine you witnessed the Big Bang (the cosmological event, not the TV show). Now imagine all that mass and energy expanding out faster than the speed of light. Think of all the noise and commotion… and imagine it coming from a guitar. Now consider that cacophony created with a DIY mindset. That’s this album.
Upper Wilds on YouTube (a mix of their two albums)
Upper Wilds on Spotify
Peter Bjorn and John: Darker Days
It may be hard to believe by the title, but Peter Bjorn and John‘s Darker Days is surprisingly catchy. The album’s sound is like the easy-listening albums my parents spent hours devouring. It’s not like the original recording, though, it’s more like the master recording. The mix is deeper, richer, and the overall production value is better for it. There are darker elements, but even they are generally catchy. Imagine Peter Gabriel’s murky beauty, Mercy Street combined with Paul Simon’s peppy, You Can Call Me Al.
Peter Bjorn and John on YouTube
Peter Bjorn and John on Spotify
Becky Warren: Undesirable
Remember when new country was the same as old rock & roll? Becky Warren does on her sophomore album, Undesirable. I realize that may sound like a complaint, but I assure you, it isn’t. From the guitar-driven arrangements to each song’s subject matter, this hearkens back to vintage Americana. If Mary Chapin Carpenter had The Heartbreakers backing her up, that would sum up Becky Warren’s latest album.
Becky Warren on YouTube
Becky Warren on Spotify