Songs to put a spring in your step
by Reilly Roberts
The sun is out and here to stay! That means it’s time to do some spring cleaning and clear out our music libraries of moody, rainy day tunes and instead liven it up with some fresh, new releases. Here’s our favorite new albums that are sure to add a spring to your step this season…
Whitney - Light Upon the Lake
Mac DeMarco - This Old Dog
The Shins - Heartworms
Alt-J - Relaxer
The Avalanches - Wildflower
Indie rock’s sweetheart is back with his 6th album release. Simple and sentimental, This Old Dog by Mac DeMarco appears to be a sincere maturation from some of his goofier past work. Not to worry, the old quirky Mac isn’t entirely gone, but he’s gone for a new twist – announcing that his new album will be entirely acoustic.
“Golden Days” by Whitney is the epitome of being the right track to come out at the right time. Perfect to skip and hum along with, Whitney’s album Light Upon the Lake is warm, cheery, and hits the sweet spot. A combined effort from band members of both Unknown Mortal Orchestra and the Smith Westerns, Whitney has made a name for itself as a low-key supergroup that is sure to climb the charts as the temperature climbs this season.
Alt-J’s new album Relaxer is scheduled to be released this spring. So far, their new single sticks to the theme of the album’s title. Its meditative beat, classic acoustic vocals, and delicate guitar strumming provide the perfect, ambient background sounds for sitting around a fire during your next camping trip.
A lot can change in four years – the Shins’ new album Heartworms encapsulates it all. With odes to their signature sound, as well as exploring new territory, the new album is excitingly diverse. From jangly to playful to folky to digital, the Shins continue to bring to light the best of indie rock.
Wildflower is the band’s first album release in 16 years, and based off of the quality of feel-good tracks they produced, it was worth the wait. Sampling beats and voice tracks from renowned industry superstars such as Madonna and Father John Misty, the group’s seamless flow and attention to detail makes Wildflower arguably one of the greatest album releases of the year.