It’s been the longest month of our lifetimes, and I think it’s time to treat ourselves to some good ear candy. Today, I bring you two albums that have already dropped and one more that is set to release in the next few months. These are all sure to shift the face of pop and alternative music, so make sure to add these to your library as soon as you can.
March 27: 5 Seconds of Summer – CALM
The four-piece released their new album just a few days ago, but they’ve been releasing singles one by one since early last year. The album name, CALM, is made of the first letters of their first names, Calum, Ashton, Luke, and Michael, with tracks ranging from hard-hitting bass songs to acoustically soft ones. The band jokes in their latest video titled “5 Seconds of Summer – Carpool Karabloke” that they had no direction with this album, and when it was time to make songs, they simply sat down, made whatever came to them that day, and created the complete package.
Luke Hemmings, the lead singer and rhythm guitarist, claims the first track “Red Desert” is one of his favorites, joking that he got word that it was “the best song ever written and recorded.” Other standout tracks include “Teeth,” which was featured in the 13 Reasons Why: Season 3 Soundtrack. This is the band’s fourth studio album, and even though they joke about a lack of sonic cohesivity, the album shows their journey as a band and their achievements in the 10 years that they’ve been together.
March 27: Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
With only her second studio album, Dua Lipa has managed to gain a massive following online as well as soar in the charts. Her songs have gone viral on the app TikTok, most notably “Don’t Start Now,” which helped her name become even more well-known.
Her retro-inspired concept photos and tracks elevate her from her debut album, which featured a heavy modern pop influence. This time around, the 24-year-old singer wasn’t afraid to lean into the nostalgia side of “Future Nostalgia” and bring a new sound to pop music. Her incredibly catchy tracks are sure to brighten up your day.
May 1: Diet Cig – Do You Wonder About Me?
The band’s sophomore album is coming soon, and the world needs it more than ever. This two-piece from New Paltz, New York, creates within a music genre described as “indie punk rock.” Their fun, bright tracks traditionally have an uplifting quality to them. They gained a larger following after opening for the Front Bottoms on their tour in 2017.
The first single of the album, “Thriving,” features the lead singer and guitarist, Alex Luciano, describing how she feels after a breakup. Her vocals mixed with warm backtracking makes this first song a great set-up to the rest of the album.