By Tom McGlynn
This week has been incredible for announcements and releases, regardless of your favourite genres and artists, and we've got a fair bit to cover when it comes to the influx of EPs and albums that have flown in from all genres, all across the world lately. We've seen rap instrumental albums, critically acclaimed EPs and plenty of punk and alternative efforts to go with it.
Eternity Forever - Fantasy EP
If there was ever one band that could ever perfectly symbolise originality, it would be Eternity Forever. Having only been making music since late 2016, the Californian jazz-influenced math rock trio have just this week released Fantasy, a four-track masterpiece full of convoluted guitar hooks and Kurt Travis (ex Dance Gavin Dance & A Lot Like Birds) demonstrating that he's still one of the best vocalists associated with alternative music. Backed up by Ben Rosett (Stawberry Girls) and Brandon Ewing (CHON), there's honestly not a bad word to say about this beautiful little EP.
For fans of: Dance Gavin Dance, The Fall of Troy
Listen to: Fantasy, Letting Go
The Smith Street Band - More Scared of You Than You are of Me
Australian punk treasures The Smith Street Band have just recently released their massive fourth full-length record, and it's setto be one of this year's best efforts. From the upbeat, fast intro track Forrest, to singles Birthdays and Death to the Lads and slower tracks Run Into the World and Young Once, this is definitely an album that will find its way on to numerous summer playlists this year. Full of huge choruses, heartfelt writing and Wil Wagner's signature raspy, shouted style, this is The Smith Street Band at their very best yet.
For fan of: The Menzingers, Laura Stevenson
Listen to: Song For You, Forrest
Die Antwoord - MADE BY GOD (Chapter 1)
Everyone's favourite incredibly weird South African rap/rave duo are back (kinda) with a brand new instrumental album. Die Antwoord's material is very vocal-focused, which often sidelines the man behind the scenes - DJ Hi-Tek (AKA God). Therefore, this is a 10-track instrumental album of only DJ Hi-Tek. It really puts him into perspective with this release - it's often misunderstood how much effort goes into producing your own rap beats, and here we see God's work on ten Die Antwoord classics. Still weird, just not as weird. Plus, there's more to come, so get on it while youwait for Die Antwoord's next weird release!
For fans of: Crystal Castles, Clipping.
Listen to: Ugly Boy (Instrumental) & So What (Instrumental)
Bleachers - Hate That You Know Me - Single
We're finally getting new music from Bleachers! The side-project-turned-main-project of FUN.'s Jack Antonoff have been busy lately, with two new singles - Hate That You Know Me and Don't Take the Money. The former was released just the other day on the 17th, and this looks as though it's going to top Bleacher's 2015 debut Strange Desire, and we've only heard two tracks. Imagine Bleachers as an American variant of The 1975, but you'll probably find yourself more engrossed if you're into your underground scenes - you've still got time to get on board the hype train while they're still relatively small!
For fans of: The 1975, Grimes
Listen to: Hate That You Know Me & Don't Take the Money
Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
Critically established as one of the greatest rappers of his generation, Kendrick Lamar is back with yet another stellar release, DAMN. As raw and brutally honest as it is well-produced, we're pretty early on in the year and we've already been presented with a potential rap album of 2017. If you consider yourself a rap fan there's a 99% chance you've already given it a listen and picked it up, but on the off chance you haven't, this is your lucky day. You'll be stuck into this for weeks.
For fans of: Earl Sweatshirt, ScHoolboy Q
Listen to: DNA., ELEMENT.
We hope you enjoyed this week's picks. Stay tuned for more new music Fridays in the coming weeks and let us know what you thought of these choices!