New Songs for September

How good are the promises you make to yourself whilst drowning in the sorrowful depths of an influenza-esque sickness?

Since the sneezing began mid-last week, I’ve sworn allegiance to a strict new paleo diet, an intensive workout regime, and a sober September all in return for a functioning sinus system. Today, I woke up feeling slightly better, so I ate a handful of peanut butter m&m’s to celebrate. We don’t deserve our bodies. Alas, at least I take care of my eardrums—here’s what I fed them this week.

TR/ST – Destroyer

Robert Alfons, the singer and producer behind TR/ST (formerly known as Trust) is a bit of an enigma. He makes music that sounds the way I assume it was recorded—in a dark, mysterious, underground cellar somewhere in the Czech Republic. He’s Canadian though, so in reality it’s probably just a studio in Montreal. Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that I like it. TR/ST’s fourth album, The Destroyer (Part 2), drops November 1.

Marco Benevento – Say It’s All The Same

Marco Benevento is a totally new discovery for me, and he’s really lifted my spirits this past week while a virus of bugs set up a living room in my nasal passages. The New York-based songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer has been releasing psychedelic jazz-vibed tunes like this for the past two decades, so there’s a deep discography to dive into. This is the second single off his upcoming album, Let It Slide, due out September 20.

Vagabon – Water Me Down

26-year-old singer-songwriter Laetitia Tamko (who releases music under the moniker Vagabon) dropped this second single to her upcoming self-titled album last week. Apparently the entire song was written stream-of-consciousness-style in just a few minutes after she got off a heated phone call with a friend. She then recorded the bulk of the song the very same night. Talk about getting shit done. Her full album, Vagabon, comes out October 18.

Lana Del Rey – How to disappear

I’ve tried to fight the appeal of Lana Del Rey for years. The way she re-invented herself after she flopped as Lizzy Grant rubbed me the wrong way, but I can’t fight it anymore. Her new record, Norman Fucking Rockwell! is reeling in rave reviews—and rightly so, because it rules. She is the ultimate queen of sad girls, and I only wish emo music sounded this good when I was growing up.

Black Belt Eagle Scout – You’re Me and I’m You

Katherine Paul is a genius when it comes to naming things. First of all, how good is her stage name, Black Belt Eagle Scout? Then there’s her brand new record, At the Party With My Brown Friends, which just came out on August 30. Katherine, who grew up on the Swinomish Indian Reservation in NW Washington state, said the album title is about navigating the world ‘with my brown friends—Indigenous, Black, POC who always have my back while we walk throughout this event called life.’

Tool – Invincible

Last Friday, Tool released their first record in 13 years, titled Fear Inoculum. It’s hard for me to articulate how I feel about the band that has soundtracked my entire life, so I will just say that I am grateful to be alive at the same time as them. I also put this track last because I didn’t want to humiliate whoever came next.

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