Top five summer albums


Arctic Monkeys – “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino”

By Peter Zemeske

Whether the speakers are pumping out bass-heavy beats from rappers Saba or Kanye, or hazy indie rock from Mac Demarco or Real Estate, everyone has their summer playlists filled with new releases from their favorite artists. Luckily, there have been plenty of great albums released this year with sounds for the summer.

Courtney Barnett – “Tell Me How You Really Feel”

“Tell Me How You Really Feel” is the sophomore album from rising indie rocker Courtney Barnett. The album is filled with fuzzed out guitar riffs, Barnett’s laid-back style of singing and themes of having the weight of big expectations on one’s shoulders. “Tell Me How You Really Feel” is perfect to rock out to on a road trip or through headphones from the comfort of home.

CHVRCHES – “Love Is Dead”

“Love Is Dead” is the third album from synth-pop band, CHVRCHES. “Love Is Dead” is the both the most poppy album from the band to date. With catchy hooks and clean, glassy synths, there’s rarely a dull moment on this record.

Post Malone – “Beerbongs & Bentleys”

“Beerbongs & Bentleys” is the follow-up to 2016’s breakout “Stoney.” The album’s lead single, “Rockstar,” was met with huge success, peaking at #1 on the Billboard top 100. Post Malone plays to his strengths on “Beerbongs & Bentleys” which is his incredible knack for writing melodies and hooks.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Sex & Food”

“Sex & Food” is the fourth album from the Portland-based group Unknown Mortal Orchestra. “Sex & Food” is equal parts groovy retro rock and lo-fi indie pop. The album’s lead single, “American Guilt” is a heavy rock powerhouse about government secrets and paranoia.

Arctic Monkeys – “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino”

“Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino” is the band’s sixth album and takes a sharp turn away from the sound of their previous album, “AM”. In this album, the Arctic Monkeys replace guitar-heavy headbangers with softer, more sparse ballads.