Albums Out Today: Green Day, glass beach, Sleater-Kinney, PACKS, and More

    In this segment, we showcase the most notable albums out each week. Here are the albums out on January 19, 2024:


    Green Day, Saviors

    Green Day are back with a new album called Saviors. The follow-up to 2020’s Father of All… is out now via Reprise/Warner, and it includes the previously released singles ‘The American Dream Is Killing Me’‘Look Ma, No Brains!’, ‘Dilemma’, ‘One Eyed Bastard’, and ‘Bobby Sox’. The band recorded Saviors with producer Rob Cavallo, who also helmed 1994’s Dookie and 2004’s American Idiot, in London and Los Angeles.


    glass beach, plastic death

    glass beach have released their sophomore album, plastic death, today via Run for Cover. The follow-up to 2019’s the first glass beach album was previewed by the singles ‘rare animal’ and ‘the CIA’. It was recorded in Los Angeles, engineered and mixed by frontperson J. McClendon and lead guitarist Layne Smith, and mastered by Grammy-nominated producer Will Yip. “This album is the Pacific garbage patch, cultural trash strewn together seemingly by accident, standing in stark juxtaposition to each other,” McClendon explained in a press release, noting that their songwriting approach “shifted from trying to tell a story to trying to subtract everything but the emotion, whatever words get to the emotion.” Read our track-by-track interview with glass beach.


    Sleater-Kinney, Little Rope

    Sleater-Kinney have returned with a new album, Little Rope, out now via Loma Vista. The follow-up to 2021’s Path of Wellness was produced by John Congleton and recorded at Flora Recording and Playback in Portland, Oregon. It was largely written after Carrie Brownstein’s mother and stepfather were killed in a car accident while vacationing in Italy. “I don’t think I’ve played guitar that much since my teens or early twenties,” Brownstein said in a statement. “Literally moving my fingers across the fretboard for hours on end to remind myself I was still capable of basic motor skills, of movement, of existing.” The album was preceded by the singles ‘Say It Like You Mean It’‘Hell’, and ‘Untidy Creature’. Read our review of Little Rope


    PACKS, Melt the Honey

    Less than a year after their last LP, Crispy Crunchy Nothing, PACKS have come out with a new effort, Melt the Honey, via Fire Talk. Ahead of its release, the Madeline Link-led project shared the singles ‘Honey’‘HFCS’, ‘Paige Machine’, and ‘Missy’. Melt the Honey was recorded over 11 days just before the release of its predecessor; the band gathered in Mexico City to practice the new songs in a rented studio space before taking a bus to Xalapa, where they worked as artists-in-residence at a house known as Casa Pulpo. “The house has no straight lines, it puts you in a creative mindset,” Link explained. “Plus, it was really warm, we were there for three weeks enjoying the weather and self-recording with minimal equipment.”


    SLIFT, ILION

    French psychedelic rock trio SLIFT – brothers Jean and Remí Fossat plus Canek Flores – have dropped their third album and first for Sub Pop, ILION. Featuring the previously shared singles ‘Ilion’, ‘Nimh’, and ‘Weavers’ Weft’, the record is named after the Ancient Greek word for the city of Troy and, thematically, picks up where 2020’s UMMON left off. “This is an album constructed in the manner of a Homeric story,” the band stated in a press release. “Where the two records differ is that ILION is about human emotions and feelings, whereas UMMON was telling an epic story with a distant view. ILION represents the fall of humanity and the rebirth of all things in time and space.”


    Eliza McLamb, Going Through It

    Eliza McLamb has issued her debut full-length, Going Through It, today on Royal Mountain Records. The album was recorded with producer Sarah Tudzin (Illuminati Hotties) at Bear Creek Studio in rural Washington. “I sit down to write when I’m feeling a certain way and I don’t know why,” McLamb said in a statement. “It’s a process of translating an emotional reality into a musical one, something that can be easily shared.” Citing Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowel as a reference, McLamb added: “That really deep dive into his childhood and the relationship to family was a major inspiration on this record. You don’t often hear those kinds of songs.”


    Other albums out today:

    Mary Halvorson, Cloudward; Brittney Spencer, My Stupid Life; Conchúr White, Swirling Violets; Vemod, The Deepening; The Fauns, How Lost; Neck Deep, Neck Deep; Chemtrails, The Joy of Sects; Selmer, Body Wash; Donato Dozzy, Magda.

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