Searching for something to listen to this weekend? Yahoo Music has you covered with a rundown of some of this week’s biggest/buzzing releases, including new music from the Flaming Lips, the xx, Sepultura, and more. Check back every Friday for a fresh list of albums to help fuel your weekend playlists.
The Flaming Lips: Oczy Milody (Warner). The Flaming Lips’ 14th album – which bears a Polish title that translates to “eyes of the young” – takes listeners on a psychedelic trip filled with twists, turns, flashes of unexpected/unabashed beauty, unicorns, and a collaboration with Miley Cyrus (“We a Famly”). Trip out.
the xx: I See You (Young Turks Recordings). Here’s the eagerly anticipated third album from London trio the xx, and it’s all any fan could hope it to be – traversing new ground while still retaining the group’s signature sound. Lead single “On Hold” brilliantly utilizes a sample from ‘80s hitmakers Hall & Oates.
Luke Wade: Only Ghosts (Luke Wade Music). Singer-songwriter Luke Wade made a name for himself as a standout on The Voice Season 7. Since then, the Team Pharrell finalist has maintained his momentum as an indie artist. Only Ghosts marks his first release since the show, compiling 10 genre-bending tracks that show off his flexibility with pop, R&B, and rock influences.
Bonobo: Migration (Ninja Tune). Migration is Simon Green’s sixth studio album under the Bonobo name, and his first since 2013’s The North Borders. The set is filled with emotional, unexpected, and occasionally tense washes of instrumentation, creating a soundscape that is sure to keep listeners alert and waiting to hear what comes next, minute by minute.
Tom Chaplin: The Wave (Arts & Crafts). Keane frontman Chaplin steps out of his band for a solo turn, in which he takes up songwriting duties for the first time. The deeply personal album chronicles his harrowing struggle with addiction and eventual walk into sobriety.
Half Japanese: Hear the Lions Roar (Fire). Singer-guitarist Jad Fair has been at this game for four decades now, and his Half Japanese catalogue shows off an impressively diverse range of rebellious art. This, the band’s 16th studio album, stays true to its punk roots while allowing a bit more accessibility in the form of fun, spirited pop influences.
Danny Gokey: Rise (BMG Rights Management). Former American Idol star Gokey decided to try his hand in contemporary Christian format after a brief stint in country. Rise marks his second album in the genre, showcasing an assured pop-oriented approach that CCM fans will appreciate. A standout: Fellow Idol alum Jordin Sparks joins to duet on a pretty ballad, “Chasing.”
Sepultura: Machine Messiah (Nuclear Blast). These veterans have represented Brazilian metal for more than three decades now, adding this 14th release to their well-notched belt. The album starts off at a leisurely pace but quickly builds to explosive power, with the band’s trademark growling vocals and ripping guitars placed at center stage.
You Me at Six: Night People (BMG Rights Management). English rockers You Me at Six return after a three-year break with their fifth release, a noisier, darker exercise than fans may be expecting. The band’s infectious pop-rock manages to break through the experimental territory, however, making this set both a new and expected pleasure at the same time.