New Release Friday, Top 5 New Releases, New Release Reviews


It’s New Music Friday and you know what that means – the Biggest and Best New Releases of the Week can be found right here. Right here, right now you can peruse, read the 3-Sentence Reviews, Check Out the First Listen Favorites, and Press Play on the Selected Song per New Release so you can Hear what all the Buzz is about. Sometimes there are Singles among the pack, too, because New Release Day

So, have a seat, at home, at the office, in the car, or out in the world somewhere, and have a listen to these Top 5 Best New Releases. If you like what you hear, go now go and support the art and the artists, buy an Album, or a Single, and go see some of these New Releases played live.

I would love to hear what you think of the selected songs, and album titles. Is there a New Music Release that you feel should be on this list? Comment below.


1. 2016 Atomized :: The Raveonettes

The Raveonettes 2016 Atomized, Music, New Releases, Best New Releases, Album Review

Three-Sentence Review: If you are like me, you may have missed the Song-a-Month that The Raveonettes released last year, so I was excited to see this Collection released today. Cinematic, with a touch of darkness and mid-90’s style to their Retro Girl Group Sound (circa Ronettes/The Shangri-La’s). There is even some Trip Hop influence here (see “Scout”), which all-together makes for an interesting overall Listen and a Must Have for any Die-Hard Raveonettes Fans, like me.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “This World is Empty (Without You), “Won’t You Leave Me Alone”, “Fast Food”, and “Where Are You Wild Horses” (Demo)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“The World is Empty (Without You)”

2. Death Song :: The Black Angels

Black Angels Death Song, Music, Album Review, New Releases, Best New Releases

Three-Sentence Review: It’s been quite a few years since I saw The Black Angels Play Live at the El Rey, yet I am still reeling from it, the memory of the Music’s power still vivid in my mind. This Album starts with a Psychedelic Bang with “Currency” and continues on, and on, and on, making it near impossible to turn away, playing so In-Sync that at times it feels like One Giant Song, which I mean in the Very Best Way. Here’s hoping the Play Live again soon, I’m ready.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Currency”, “I’d Kill for Her”, and “Medicine”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“I’d Kill for Her”

3. Risk to Exit :: Maximo Park

Maximo Park Risk to Exit, Music, Album Review, New Releases, Best New Releases

Three-Sentence Review: I have been diving deep into New Wave Music lately, especially via Vinyl 45’s and 8-Track Tapes, so my ears are a bit New Wave Tuned making it near impossible to not notice the heavy New Wave vibe going on with this New Maximo Park Album. That said, there is still a significant dose of Early Aughts/Early Maximo Park here, too, mixing quite well together, like an 80’s and Aughts Mash-Up. This is definitely going to get a lot of Car-Commute Play from me.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Get High (No, I Don’t)”, “What Equals Love?”, and “Risk to Exist”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“Get High (No, I Don’t)”

4. Guppy :: Charly Bliss

Charly Bliss Guppy, Music, Album Review, New Releases, Best New Releases

Three-Sentence Review: This Album is so 90’s I have to keep reminding me that this isn’t a CD from my Blue Plastic Case I used to drive around with in ’95-’96. Reminiscent of Letters To Cleo, Veruca Salt, Magnapop and That Dog, the Songs on this Album seem ready made for one of those Quintessential 90’s Soundtracks, like the Clueless or 10 Things I Hate About You ones. Maybe its me indulging on nostalgia, but I am really digging this Album.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Westermarck”, “Ruby” and “Julia”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4


5. Young :: Overcoats

Overcoats Young, Album Review, New Releases, Best New Releases

Three-Sentence Review: Folk meets Pop meets Electronic, this Indie, hard to pin down Sound from Hana Elion and J.J. Mitchell has something that I could not pass up. Though, at times, it is a bit pedestrian, sounding slightly too interchangable with half a dozen other Indie, female led acts, at other times there is something Lovely here, especially vocally, reminding me of one of my Favorites, The Dove & The Wolf. I think these two are ones to watch.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “23”, “The Fog”, and “Nighttime Hunger”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 3

“Nighttime Hunger”

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