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Countless musicians have been releasing new music in 2021, as many 2020 releases were postponed until now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new music onslaught is getting so potent that it might feel challenging to choose which of the latest albums you should actually listen to. If you want some guidance and recommendations, below is a list of six new albums to listen to in June 2021.
1. Japanese Breakfast: Jubilee
(June 4, Dead Oceans)
Japanese Breakfast, Michelle Zauner’s solo music project, released her third album, Jubilee, this past Friday via Dead Oceans. Jubilee is the most diverse album from Japanese Breakfast yet, as it features ‘80s synthpop, future-funk, and rock. The album explores joy, which stands in contrast with Zauner’s longtime focus on grief, with abundant hooks and creative metaphors.
2. Wolf Alice: Blue Weekend
(June 4, Dirty Hit)
Wolf Alice also released their third album, Blue Weekend, this past Friday, via British label Dirty Hit. The band also dropped a video for the song “How Can I Make It OK?” on the album’s release date. Wolf Alice recently announced that a visual film accompaniment to Blue Weekend will soon be released. The album features muted, jazz-inspired guitar riffs alongside ear-perking drum fills and vulnerable lyrics.
3. Rostam: Changephobia
(June 4, Matsor Projects)
Rostam, a founding member and in-house producer for Vampire Weekend, released his sophomore LP, Changephobia, on Friday. The album, his second since leaving Vampire Weekend, has pop and jazz influences. On its 11 songs, Rostam often turns ambiguous situations into empowering experiences.
4. Mykki Blanco: Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep
(June 18, Transgressive Records)
Following Mykki Blanco’s release of their single “Free Ride” in April, they will be releasing their mini-album Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep on June 18. The mini-album features several beloved guests such as Blood Orange, Kari Faux, Big Freedia, and Jamila Woods. Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep discusses themes of love, intimacy, and Black pride on top of club music and soulful beats.
5. Modest Mouse: The Golden Casket
(June 25, Epic Records)
Modest Mouse released their first single in ages, “We Are Between,” on May 5 and will soon release their seventh album, The Golden Casket. Fans are anticipating that The Golden Casket will sound like the band’s previous album, Strangers To Ourselves, which was released in 2015. After their six-year hiatus, the band stated that The Golden Casket will be their interpretation of punk and experimental studio science.
6. Lucy Dacus: Home Video
(June 25, Matador Records)
Lucy Dacus will be releasing her third album, Home Video, on June 25 via Matador. Her single “Hot and Heavy” is the record’s opening track and encapsulates the many goodbyes and feelings of change that Dacus explores throughout the record.
Dacus recently contributed vocals to the news albums by her boygenius bandmates: Phoebe Bridgers’ Punisher and Julien Baker’s Little Oblivions. On Home Video, Bridgers and Baker return the favor by making guest appearances.
Which new albums are you excited about this month? Share your faves in the comments!