Jacob Fife '23
Summer gives us lots of free time. Of course, there’s plenty of work we can do, and, being a senior, working on college applications over summer is a wise idea. However, it’s not fun. Over summer, I prefer to spend my free time listening to music, and summer has plenty of good music to make my minor procrastination justified.
As the new school year starts, let’s look back at the joyous days of summer through the lens of my favorite albums of June, July, and August.
Big Time - Angel Olsen
Singer-songwriter Angel Olsen’s seventh album is a collection of beautiful country and folk songs. Taking much inspiration from country legends like Patsy Cline, Big Time brings plenty of happiness, sadness, and comfort.
Ugly Season - Perfume Genius
Ugly Season is an eerie expression of self-loathing with a strange but welcoming sprinkle of dance music. While I would describe this album as the most inaccessible one here, I still strongly urge everyone to try out Ugly Season. I recommend headphones for the best listening experience!
Baby - Petrol Girls
Petrol Girls’ third album is powerful feminist punk message that refuses to be held back. Baby hits even harder with the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade and the continuing attacks on women’s rights in this country.
Cave World - Viagra Boys
Sweden’s Viagra Boys make fun of the political state of the world and the mass spread of misinformation with a “go back, I want to be monke” attitude. Cave World will surely bring a few laughs with its goofy punk sound and lyrics.
Hellfire - black midi
Despite being one of the more pretentious albums on this list, Hellfire is my favorite album of the summer. The unrelenting craziness of black midi’s third album demands its listener’s attention for what feels like the most exciting 40 minutes of your life. With Hellfire, black midi adds another fantastic album to the catalog of the exciting post-Brexit revival of post-punk.
Cheat Codes - Danger Mouse & Black Thought
Through spectacular production from Danger Mouse and thoughtful lyrics from Black Thought, Cheat Codes already feels like a hip-hop classic. If you’re looking for great bars and great samples, Cheat Codes is the album for you!
PRE PLEASURE - Julia Jacklin
Australia’s Julia Jacklin once again proves her songwriting talents in the realm of sad-girl music. While this record is very sad, it’s even sadder that I won’t be able to go see Julia Jacklin in concert when she’s in DC.
The Forever Story - JID
Atlanta’s JID proves his excellence in rapping in his lyrically dense album The Forever Story. Despite this record’s nearly hour-long runtime, JID refuses to make any song uninteresting. Just listen to the singles “Dance Now” and “Surround Sound” if you’re not already convinced to listen to this from everyone on the internet singing its praises.
LOUIE - Kenny Beats
The last album on this list, LOUIE, is a wonderful collection of hip-hop beats from producer Kenny Beats. This album is a brief but pleasant listen with many songs I would simply describe as pretty.