May is nearly here, and we’re continuing 2014 with a jam-packed month of releases that PropertyOfZack team members couldn’t be more stoked to hear. In today’s new Discussion, we’re highlighting our personal Most Anticipated May Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well!
Andrew Jackson Jihad – Christmas Island (5/6)
This band has yet to do something that hasn’t impressed me. While Can’t Maintain may stand as one of my favorite albums of all time, it seems that Christmas Island is going to give it a run for its money. If you haven’t heard anything off this album yet, listen to “Kokopelli Face Tattoo” and tell me it isn’t perfect. You can’t. It’s the perfect mix of silly and serious, which is exactly what this band is good at. I promise you, this album rules. And besides, in the band’s own words, hating it won’t make you suck any less. - Marie Scarsella
The Horrors - Luminous (5/6)
Despite their name, English alt rockers The Horrors pride themselves on sweeping, brooding pop tracks constantly accented by a heavy synth presence. Their 2011 release Skying, which netted them their first Top 5 record in their native England, followed swiftly on from 2009’s Primary Colours with an equal glaze of melody and pop somewhere in between ‘80s new wave and ‘90s Brit Pop. Originally set for a release this past September, their fourth effort, Luminous, looks to continue with the same formula, emphasizing its electronic roots, which will no doubt complement the often moody and interstellar vocals of lead singer Faris Badwan. The band revealed two new tracks earlier this year with the seven minute “I See You” standing out as it sprawls and dances like some futuristic pop number with the sheen of 80’s club music. The album
already seems promising, and with only a few days to go before its official release, the anticipation is just too strong to avoid. - Jason Stives
Weatherbox - Flies In All Directions (5/13)
Weatherbox, my Weatherbox. How do I express my love for thee?
Weatherbox got me through a good chunk of college and a big breakup, and at the time, that was priceless. In 2010 I did one of my first interviews with Brian Warren, the mastermind behind Weatherbox, and that’s when I truly realized how talented he is.
The honest lyrics and the complexity of Warren’s songs are what really draw me to his music. It has been 5 long years since his last full length album, The Cosmic Drama, and the wait is finally over. Triple Crown Records is dropping Flies in All Directions on May 13. This is hands down Brian’s most musically complicated and mature album. Flies in All Directions is already in my top 10 for 2014, so pick it up, enlighten your ears, and catch Warren and his band on tour when they come through your town. - Caitlin DeWeese