Music serves as a bridge for people to cross into a more relaxed state; for students, this bridge is essential to maintain sanity in a world where hours of homework need to be completed daily. After a month or two, when all of the current albums have been played out, the list will be reviewed and updated. This list, along with many to come, will have the purpose of exposing fellow pupils to new types of music on top of ones they are comfortable with. While each student has their own unique taste in music, provided below is a small featurette of each main genre’s new releases. If you’re anything like me, most of these selections will be ones you are only able to find deep within YouTube, iTunes and the Play Store.
(Artist, Album Name)
Alternative/Indie – Capital Cities, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery; San Cisco, San Cisco; Toro Y Moi, Anything In Return; Washed Out, Paracosm; Vampire Weekend, Holy Ghost!; Passion Pit, Miniature Tigers, Haim and my personal flavor of the month—Snakadaktal.
Country – Lady Antebellum, Golden; Luke Bryan, Crash My Party; Keith Urban and my current favorite—Rosco Bandana. Since I am the least exposed to this genre, these first picks may seem obvious to those who listen to country artists regularly.
Dance/Electronic – Daft Punk, Random Access Memories; Calvin Harris, 18 Months; Disclosure, Settle; Empire of the Sun, Ice On The Dune; Deadmau5, Ratatat and !!! are absolute musts. On top of these artists, Pet Shop Boys, Avicii, Zedd, Icona Pop, Skrillex and M83 are also worthy of a spot on the list.
Hip-Hop/Rap – Kanye West, Yeezus; Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist; and Jay-Z, Magna Carta… Holy Grail are currently the biggest rap artists. Others who have recently released albums include Wale, J. Cole, A$AP Ferg and Gucci Mane.
Jazz – I have one artist for my jazz category and that is Moon Hooch, Moon Hooch. Their arsenal includes two different saxophones and a drumset and nothing else.
Rock – Queens of the Stone Age, …Like Clockwork; Nine Inch Nails, Hesitation Marks; Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell; and Franz Ferdinand are all artists who have released an album this year or are soon to do so.
Pop – Lorde, The Love Club; and singles by Katy Perry, “Roar”; Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”; and Lady Gaga, “Applause.” All of these selected artists are no new faces to the pop scene except for Lorde, but the 16-year-old is showing that she’s a force to be reckoned with.
(cover photo courtesy YouTube)