With the heat of summer almost entirely behind us, it’s time to embrace a new season of new albums. Mitski dials up the majesty on her intimate and intense seventh LP, The Land is Inhospitable and So Are We. Chrissie Hynde regroups the Pretenders for Relentless; the long-running group’s 12th album is full of signature energy and emotion. As seen at their recent Free at Noon appearance, The Record Company are firing on all cylinders on their aptly titled 4th Album. Progressive bluesman Buffalo Nichols embraces (and bucks) tradition on The Fatalist, his bold sophomore release.

New Wave revivalists Nation of Language channel wide-eyed ‘80s hitmakers like OMD and Ultravox on their third album, Strange Disciple. Vagabon teamed up with former Vampire Weekend member Rostam for a major sonic shift away from her folk roots; Sorry I Haven’t Called is a rewarding slice of modern electronic R&B. Despite its imposing title, End marks a new beginning for Texas instrumental rockers Explosions in the Sky; their first album in seven years is waiting for you to get lost in its grandeur.

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MitskiThe Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We
CHECK OUT: “Bug Like an Angel” “Heaven”

CHECK OUT: “Let the Sun Come In” “I Think About You Daily”

The Record CompanyThe 4th Album
CHECK OUT: “Talk to Me” “Dance on Mondays”

Buffalo NicholsThe Fatalist
CHECK OUT: “Love is All” “You’re Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond”

Nation of LanguageStrange Disciple
CHECK OUT: “Sole Obsession” “Too Much, Enough”

VagabonSorry I Haven’t Called
CHECK OUT: “Carpenter” “Lexicon”

Explosions in the SkyEnd
CHECK OUT: “Ten Billion People” “Moving On”

Alan Palomo World of Hassle, Bahamas Bootcut, Barenaked Ladies In Flight, Baroness Stone, Beck, Bogert & Appice Live in Japan 1973 / Live in London 1974, The Beths Expert in a Dying Field (Deluxe), Bombino Sahel, Brian Setzer The Devil Always Collects, Briscoe West of it All, The Brook & The Bluff Bluebeard, Brothers Osborne Brothers Osborne, Carly Simon These Are the Good Old Days: The Carly Simon and Jac Holzman Story, Corinne Bailey Rae Black Rainbows, Demi Lovato Revamped, Dengue Fever Ting Mong, FIZZ The Secret to Life, Gum Saturnia, Herb Alpert Wish Upon a Star, Jesse Colin Young Songs for Juli (Reissue), Kid Cudi Insano, K.Flay MONO, Kurt Elling and Charlie Hunter SuperBlue: The Iridescent Spree, Lizdelise I Swore I Heard You Laughing, Luluc Diamonds, Margo Cilker Valley of Heart’s Delight, NEEDTOBREATHE CAVES, Pharoah Sanders Pharoah (Reissue), Ralphie Choo Supernova, Rina Sawayama Hold the Girl (Reissue), S. Carey & John RaymondShadowlands, SextilePush, Shakey GravesMovie of the Week, Steve MillerJ50: The Evolution of The Joker, The StrangersThe Stranglers, Sydney Spraguesomebody in hell loves you, Thirty Seconds to MarsIt’s the End of the World But it’s a Beautiful Day, The WhoWho’s Next/Life House (Deluxe Edition), Will JohnsonNo Ordinary Crown, Willie Nelson – Bluegrass, Woods – Perennial, Worriers – Trust Your Gut, Yann Tiersen – Kerber Complete