Be it a debut, sophomore album, or even beyond that, September held potential for a lot of music artists. With so many new releases, it is easy to miss some. Here are a large number of the fantastic albums released in the month of September 2014.
The first half of the month started with the seventh album from Counting Crows, Somewhere Under Wonderland. Interpol released their fifth LP, El Pintor, which is their first in four years, followed by The Kooks, and their fourth album, Listen, After their longest gap between albums to date, U2 released their 13 album, Songs of Innocence for free on iTunes. Ever popular Chris Brown released his sixth album titled simply, X.
To start off the second half of the month, music god Slash dropped his third solo album, World on Fire. Flyleaf’s fourth album came out, Between the Stars. Country star Tim McGraw unveiled Sundown Heaven Town. The seventh Train album, Bulletproof Picasso came as did Syro, the first album Aphex Twin has put out in more than ten years. Lights released her third album, Little Machines, Alt-J released their second album, This is All Yours, and Lenny Kravitz unleashed his tenth album, Strut. Thom Yorke of Radiohead released his second solo album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes. Prince released his 33 and 34 albums, Art Official Age and PLECTRUMELECTRUM. To close out the month, Seth MacFarlane, creator of the TV show Family Guy, released a Christmas themed album, Holiday for Swing.
Little Machines is the third album from Canadian electropop singer Lights. The album is not as bold or outgoing as Siberia, instead opting for surrounding comfort and welcoming lyrics that “everyone can sing along to.” What changed for Valerie Ann Poxleitner this time around? For starters, she is married to Blessthefall’s lead vocalist Beau Bokan and the two recently had a daughter, Rocket Wild Bokan. Such enormous life events are bound the change one’s music views as well as many others.
In January of 2014 it was announced via twitter that bassist Gwil Sainsbury would be leaving Alt-J. According to the band they are still friends with Sainsbury. His decision to leave was not credited to the rest of the band. In fact, the first single released from the album, “Hunger of the Pine” was written by Sainsbury since many of their new songs were written while tour. During live concerts Cameron Knight will be taking Sainsbury’s place by playing bass guitar and sampler.
Finally, Milo has released his debut studio LP. Up to this point he has been dropping mixtapes, EP’s, singles, guest appearances and just about everything in between. The debut album, titled A Toothpaste Suburb features 16 tracks and guest appearances from Busdriver, Kool AD, Open Mike Eagle and more. How far can Milo stretch rap music? Into entirely other musical genres.
September turned out to be loaded with tons of new music releases. Some were a long time in the making, others only a milestone on a long road to success, but all of them are ushered into the world and ready for a listen.