Stream: Valentine’s Day Album Releases feat. Tennis, Sick Friend, Islands, and more!Posted by Lindsey Scully
Stuck on what to get that special someone in your life? No fear, SSG Music is here with some ideas in the music department. Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year which is a typical day when new album releases are scheduled. Here are a few of our picks and a list of other releases that you can pick up today!
Tennis - Young & Old
The huge success of Tennis’ debut album Cape Dory is hard to follow up on; however, their sophomore album Young & Old is prepared for the challenge. Their debut album was more of a memoir for lead singer Alaina Moore and her husband guitarist Patrick Riley about their sailing adventure on the East Coast, whereas Young & Old has more variety in lyrics and style. The album features several catchy pop tunes that are a mix of surf and dream pop.
Sick Friend – The Draft Dodger
Montreal-based Sick Friend is a duo that creates pop music that isn’t just pop music. The duo consists of Michael O’Brien (vocals, guitar) and Geordie Kingsbury (drums, synth) who blend pop and electronica that balance into a mix of Modest Mouse meets Mother Mother. “Cottages” is an intriguing single that really brings out the Modest Mouse comparison with the screeching vocals and backing chorus. The Draft Dodger features a retro vibe paired with O’Brien’s mature vocals that make for a fresh breathe of air into the over-blipped out modern pop music.
Islands - A Sleep & A Forgetting
Islands’ latest release A Sleep & A Forgetting features songs about heartbreak and moving on, some songs are slow and cry-worthy while others are more anthemic and get the listener moving. The first single “This Is Not A Song” is a gut-wrenching song about not quite being over your lost love and Islands really drives home the emotion in their vocals. There’s a multitude of keys, bass, and guitars in the album and songs like “Never Go Solo” really turn up the volume and talent.
Other Valentine’s Day releases:
The Alialujah Choir - The Alialujah Choir
Amoral – Beneath
Amos Lee – As the Crow Flies
Barry Adamson - I Will Set You Free
Classics of Love – Classics of Love
The Devastated - Devil’s Messenger
Earth – Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II
The Explorers Club – Grand Hotel
F. Strokes – Love, Always
Heartless Bastards – Arrow
Howlin Rain - Russian Wilds
Lake Forest – Silver Skies
Mike Acerbo – The Search
The Phantom Family Halo – When I Fall Out
Phèdre - Phèdre
Poliça – Give You The Ghost
Rickolus – Coyote and Mule
Shearwater – Animal Joy
Young Magic – Melt
And don’t forget to check out Hey Marseilles cover of Daniel Johnston’s “True Love Will Find You in the End.”