Car Seat Headrest, Mutual Benefit, Andy Shauf

This week’s new releases are filled with unexpected twists and turns, making them some of the most exciting and inventive to come out this year. Getting things started, Car Seat Headrest released Teens of Denial today, an album that floats somewhere between blistering rock and melodic flourish — they play with dynamics in a way that deserves a close listen, so put this one on from start to finish. To add a little more subtlety to your day, dive into Mutual Benefit’s saccharine acoustic tunes, and follow that up with Andy Shauf’s beautifully arranged instrumentals and silky vocals on The Party. Add more rich electronic instrumentation, and you’ll have a similar reaction to Iska Dhaaf’s newest effort, a release that combines anxiety-ridden tones with surprisingly catch melodies. To get a little more quirky, take on the syncopated structure and eccentric vocals of Adult Jazz, then go buy every Radiohead vinyl ever (because you can do that now).

Playlist

Adult Jazz – Earrings Off

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Andy Shauf – The Party

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Braids – Companion (EP)

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Brett Dennen – Por Favor

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Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial

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Iska Dhaaf – The Wanting Creature

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Marissa Nadler – Strangers

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Mutual Benefit – Skip a Sinking Stone

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Radiohead – Vinyl Reissues

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