With so much good music coming through thick and fast, it’s easy for albums to drop online and go overlooked. To help prevent this, we’ve picked five releases you may have missed — stream music from Arlo Parks, 猫 シ Corp. and t e l e p a t h, Alaskan Tapes, David Versace, and Madison McFerrin. If you like what you hear, hit the links and support the artists.
Arlo Parks – Super Sad Generation
Somehow, we missed the release of Super Sad Generation by 19-year-old artist Arlo Parks when it was released earlier this year, but it’s all good because we’re now basking in all its glory. Upon hitting play, you’re instantly drawn into her confessional songwriting married with soft hip-hop beats. The 7-track project is a powerful artistic statement from the teenager that explores anxieties, struggles with identity, sadness, intimacy and many other issues that accompany early adulthood. A fascinating body of work, the album infuses Parks’ lyrical reflections with the sounds of alternative pop, soft rock, soul and hip-hop. A name to watch – Arlo Parks is cooking up some magic right now.
猫 シ Corp. and t e l e p a t h – Building a Better World
猫 シ Corp. and t e l e p a t h unite and combine their skills for a new album titled ‘Building a Better World’. Take some time out this Friday from the post-Christmas madness and unwind to the rain-soaked sounds of the opening number, ‘目覚め’. All over this LP, you’ll hear a gorgeous mix of astral ambience, field recordings, and vaporwave meditation. From deep and hazy synths to light and airy pads: Building a Better World is strangely both eerie, yet calming, but overall very fascinating. This album is definitely an essential experience for fans of both artists.
Alaskan Tapes – Views From Sixteen Stories
Alaskan Tapes the ambient music project created by composer Brady Kendall returns with the astounding sounds of Views From Sixteen Stories. The eleven-song collection ranges from the hypnotic, swirling compositions such as ‘The Times Are Tired’ to the contemplative folk of the title track. Frequent collaborator Raphael Weinroth-Browne features on the cello throughout the album as does Jay Austin (French horn), Dennis Patterson (drums) and Owen Vaga (piano). A forward-thinking project bringing together inspiration from neo-classical, folk and ambient electronic music most peacefully and perfectly.
David Versace – James Street
We can’t stop playing this EP by David Versace. There’s not much info on the artist except that he’s based in Brisbane, but what we do know is that he makes magical, beautiful, glorious ambient jazz music. Three beautifully arranged pieces that’ll embrace you warmly through the cold winter days and nights. Great work from Versace and we can’t wait to hear more.
Madison McFerrin – You + I
After releasing two critically acclaimed a cappella soul EPs, rising Brooklyn singer-songwriter, Madison McFerrin, debuts her first body of work that blends her soulful vocals with a modern production on her new EP, You + I. Produced by her brother Taylor, her honest and poignant songwriting especially on the magical TRY will charm its way into your heart. Everything on this EP is on point, and she proves to us once again just how talented she really is. Oh wow, this is fucking beautiful!