This week, WTSR Assistant Music Director EJ Paras highlights some of the best new music that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.
Album Title: “Humans”
Release Number: 5th LP
Hailing From: Essex, England
Genre: Alternative Hip-Hop
Label: Parlophone/Warner Bros.
Musically, “Pure Comedy” is relevant to the social climate of 2017. Band member Damon Albarn wrote this album thinking about how he thought the future would look given the major events happening around the world, specifically in America. There’s a distinct narrative that follows the album. “Let Me Out” is about living in America under Donald Trump’s presidency. Dubbed “a party playlist for the end of the world,” this album doesn’t disappoint. Hip-hop beats, the occasional synth, Albarn’s smooth voice… it’s been a long time coming, but welcome back Gorillaz.
Must Hear: “Strobelite,” “Submission” and “Charger”
Band Name: Diet Cig
Album Title: “Swear I’m Good at This”
Release Number: 2nd
Hailing From: New Paltz, New York
Genre: Lo-fi Garage Rock
Label: Frenchkiss Records
Alex Luciano brings a lyrical punch to every word she throws in this album. Deadpan line after deadpan line, her lyrics are a big fuck you to the guys who wronged her through the years. Her lyrics are also great for when you’re feeling down in the dumps. That being the case, most of these lyrics are pretty funny. Alex’s smooth, light and squeaky voice alongside her dirty guitar riffs and Noah Bowman’s quick, punchy drumlines all equal a fun time.
Must Hear: “Maid of the Mist,” “Barf day” and “Tummy Ache”