This week, Nick Landolfi, WTSR assistant music director, and Sean Delanoy, music staff member, highlight some of the best new albums that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.
Oberhofer, started by Tacoma native-turned-New Yorker Brad Oberhofer, is a synth pop band. This record is a great follow up to Oberhofer’s first album, “Time Capsules II.” The band returns with its heavy guitar surf rock sound, but have developed their craft by adding a synth pop and orchestral element to their music. The album opens with the title track, “Chronovision,” an instrumental piece. The album is a mix of high energy rock songs and slow emotional love songs. Brad Oberhofer’s falsetto vocal style also appears on this album, as it did on “Time Capsules II,” adding to the emotional fullness of the new release.
Must Hear: “Nevana,” “Together/ Never,” “Memory Remains,” “Someone Take Me Home” and “White Horse, Black River”
Beginning as a true MySpace success story, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence started making catchy dubstep and dance music in 2010. As some may remember, “Settle” was a huge indie album before it broke the top 40 with “Latch” as the lead single, propelling both Disclosure and Sam Smith into the limelight. They return with “Caracal,” a Disclosure album through and through with some unique differences. You’ll find more nods to their influences like Daft Punk and other dance music pioneers. You can hear a lot of modern indie house and electronica in this album with the classic Disclosure twist.
Must Hear: “Nocturnal (feat. The Weeknd),” “Omen (feat. Sam Smith),” “Jaded” and “Superego (feat. Nao)”