Broods – Don’t Feed the Pop Monsters
Still one of the worthy purveyors of Synthpop in the current decade is Broods, whose debut album was released in 2014.
The followup came in 2016, after when the sister-and-brother duo went on a hiatus to pursue their respective solo projects. Reuniting in 2018, Broods have finally come up with their third album, Don’t Feed the Pop Monsters. Released on February 1, 2019, it illustrates their knack in marrying the classic and the modern aspects of Synthpop music—melodic and meticulous, yet loose and uncontrived. Recommended track: “Falling Apart.”
The Lemonheads – Varshons 2
In the Alternative Rock world, Evan Dando will be hailed forever as one of the genre’s charming purveyors especially during its peak and most fertile period—the ebullient and mighty ’90s. And his band The Lemonheads’ breakthrough album—1992’s It’s a Shame about Ray—one of the decade’s top gems. After a couple more chart-topping albums before the 1990s ended, followed by a low-key solo career after the group disbanded, Dando in 2005 has once again resurrected The Lemonheads. However, he is yet to recast his magic spell in writing original materials. In the meantime, content yourself with Dando’s cover projects under the guise of The Lemonheads. Released on February 8, 2019, The Lemonheads’ latest album, titled Varshons 2, is a continuation of Dando’s dalliance with Alternative Country music. It features quirky renditions of songs by the likes of Yo La Tengo, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Lucinda Williams, Florida Georgia Line, and The Eagles. Recommended track: “Things,” originally by Paul Westerberg.
Jon Fratelli – Bright Night Flowers
One of the bands that came out in the 2000s whose music represented Indie Rock in that decade was The Fratellis. Aside from having released already five studio albums with his band, Vocalist Jon Fratelli has embarked also on a solo career, releasing his first offering, Psycho Jukebox, in 2011. Now, eight years after, Fratelli has finally unleashed the followup, titled Bright Night Flowers. Released on February 15, 2019, it delves more on his arty and folky Country/Neoclassicism side, favoring ornate arrangements and Country/Folk-associated instruments over the typical electric guitar. Recommended track: “Dreams Don’t Remember Your Name.”
The Final Note
These are just a few of the new albums that will define the sound of the final year of the 2010s. Listen to them to add a new soundtrack to the current stage of your life. And mind you, the year is just starting! Albums slated for release in the coming months include awaited works by the likes of The Cranberries, Morrissey, and The Cure.