Olivia Gulino, Contributing Writer
It is a truth universally acknowledged that nothing makes me more excited than the prospect of new
music. With that in mind, I present to you a primer of new releases
to look forward to this fall, some old favorites and some new faces with the potential to be put into regular rotation, but all justifiably exciting.
The Head and the Heart – “Let’s Be Still” (10/15)
I’ll be honest when I say that this album’s release is going to be one of the highlights of the fall for me. I fell in love with the band’s self-titled debut effort back in 2011, and if its new single “Shake” is any indication of what’s in store, we should all anticipate an impeccable album.
Basia Bulat – “Tall Tall Shadow” (10/1)
Basia Bulat has a voice that you will never mistake for any other singer’s. It’s resonant and soulful – qualities that are also found in her reflective lyrics and poignant melodies in songs, such as the title track from her new album, “Tall Tall Shadow.” I have no doubt that the album itself will be any different.
Radical Face – “The Family Tree: The Branches” (10/22)
This upcoming album is the second in a three-part series that Ben Cooper of Radical Face calls a “family saga.” Radical Face never fails to deliver beautifully crafted tracks, the product of inspired writing and an enticing vocal and instrumental performance.
London Grammar – “If You Wait” (9/9)
Recently released, this trio’s debut album is another standout of the fall. Hannah Reid’s intensely deep vocals pair wonderfully with the soft piano and bass elements, making this album powerfully effective.
Other honorable mentions are Brett Dennen – “Smoke and Mirrors” (10/22) and Maria Taylor – “Something about Knowing” (10/29). New albums that deserve the hype are HAIM – “Days Are Gone” (10/1) and The Avett Brothers – “The Magpie and the Dandelion” (10/15).