WTSR New Noise: Young the Giant & Dawes

WTSR New NoiseThis week, WTSR staff members Corey Alicea and Rachel Miller highlight some of the best new albums that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.

Band: Young the Giant
Album: “Home of the Strange”
Hailing From: Irvine, Calif.
Release Number: 3rd
Genre: Chill Poppy Rock Bagel
Label: Fueled By Ramen

Upbeat, pounding and melodic are just some ways to describe Young the Giant’s “Home of the Strange.” The third release from the Cali locals carries poppy synth tracks with a subtle rock backbone. Only on certain songs, such as “Jungle Youth” and “Something To Believe In,” does the rock take center stage, which isn’t a bad thing. “Home of the Strange” carries along relatable college lyrics such as not wanting to grow up and being left behind in a rich kid game. This third outing is perfect for the growing youth.

Must Hear: “Amerika,” “Something To Believe In,” “Elsewhere,” “Jungle Youth” and “Silver Tongue”

Band: Dawes
Album: “We’re All Gonna Die”
Hailing From: Los Angeles
Release Number: 5th
Genre: Indie Rock
Label: HUB Records

On its fifth full-length album, Dawes makes a departure from its country-rock roots to something decidedly more alternative. The combination of smooth vocals and complex rhythms provides a commentary on mortality and taking comfort in the fact that “We’re All Gonna Die.” The theme is to keep perspective because nothing really matters that much anyway. Taylor Goldsmith leads with vocals and guitar, pulling in a little electric, backed by his brother, Griffin Goldsmith, on drums, Wylie Gerber on bass and Lee Pardini on keyboards.

Must Hear: “One of Us,” “We’re All Gonna Die,” “Roll with the Punches” and “When the Tequila Runs Out”