By Daniel Richter
Web Content Contributor
Friday the 13th, it was a day when tons of musicians released some of their highly anticipated albums and singles. From Ariana Grande, to The Lumineers, to Pixies, to (Sandy) Alex G. Here are five albums that came out Friday the 13th that you should give a listen.
Twenty Twenty by Djo
Stranger Things actor Joe Keery, going under the name Djo, has released his debut solo project. He was previously a member of psych-rock outfit Post Animal but left after the success he gained from Stranger Things. Who knows how he found time to write, record, engineer and mix this project but it turned out great. He is sticking to the psych-rock, indie rock sound he’s used to but isn’t afraid to take some risks with awesome beat switches and song outro’s.
Stand-Out Tracks:Personal Lies, Tentpole Shangrila
All My Heroes Are Cornballs by JPEGMAFIA
After gaining lots of recognition and respect in the experimental Hip-Hop community following the success of his 2018 release Verteran, JPEGMAFIA (also known as JPEG and Peggy) had to fulfill high expectations with this new project. And that’s exactly what he did. If you are unfamiliar, Peggy’s work is loud, abstract and politically fueled. With this new project, his production is much more dreamy and spacey. Peggy sings on this project a decent amount and the project even features a cover of TLC’s No Scrubs. However, don’t think for a second that means JPEG doesn’t bring his signature aggression his fans have grown to love.
Stand-Out Tracks: Free The Frail, Rap Grow Old & Die & No Child Left Behind
The Fall of Hobo Johnson by Hobo Johnson
At long last Frank “Hobo” Johnson has released the follow up to his first major project The Rise of Hobo Johnson, with the fitting The Fall of Hobo Johnson. Hobo’s song writing style and delivery makes it impossible to place his music into one genre. Which is one of the things that makes him so appealing. Another thing that Hobo does well is, he put his entire heart and soul into his music and it seems as if he could burst out into tears at any second. This album also has some great comedic breaks between all the heartbreak with songs like Subaru Crosstrek XV and Ode to Justin Bieber.
Stand-Out Tracks: You & the Cockroach, Happiness
Oncle Jazz by Men I Trust
The sweet-sounding trio from Montreal, Men I Trust, have released their first album in four years. The project is a long one with 24 tracks and runs for one hour and 11 minutes. All their singles from 2017 to the present are included throughout the album as well and they are signified with the text ‘(Album V)’ next to them. This is the perfect album to throw on while studying or while having a tame night in with some friends.
Stand-Out Tracks: Norton Commander (Album V), Dorian
Charli by Charli XCX
The English popstar Charlie XCX, who isn’t afraid to get experimental at times, scores big with her much-anticipated album. The album is loaded with powerhouse female features including Lizzo, Sky Ferreira, Clairo, Yaeji, HAIM and many more. Charli has been perfecting her electro-pop sound for years now and brings you an album that is sure to get you on your feet.
Stand-Out Tracks: Click, Cross you Out
Like I said before, tons of awesome music came out on Friday the 13th and these albums are just the beginning! Check out this Sept. 13 playlist to hear some of the songs I didn’t mention in this article.
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