5 Hot Albums for Summer



As the dog days of summer begin to wane and the cooler days of autumn approach, enjoy the last of the warm weather this Labor Day with a cool, fruity beverage,  a backyard barbecue with friends and some hot music. Here are some ideas to get you started.


1. Beach House — Bloom

The Baltimore-based duo Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand formed Beach House in 2005 and have been creating dark and dreamy music since then. They have an indie/dream pop sound that has been gaining ground and garnering their music positive reviews and attention. Their newest release, Bloom, debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200. This is an album to kick back and relax to and enjoy the musical waves that take you out to sea.


2. Best Coast — The Only Place

Best Coast’s album The Only Place is reminiscent of ’60s surf rock. It is fizzy, poppy and full of sun and surf, with Beth Cosentino on lead vocals. The band hails from Los Angeles, and, as the name Best Coast implies, the West Coast is the best coast.


3. Kimbra — Vows

New Zealand sweetheart Kimbra has released a soulful and artsy debut album with Vows. Don’t recognize the name Kimbra? You may have heard her popular radio hit collaboration with Goyte called “Somebody That I Used to Know.” If you’re a fan of Florence and the Machine, Kimbra is definitely an artist you’ll want to check out.


4. Regina Spektor — What We Saw From the Cheap Seats

Songstress and pianist Regina Spektor has released yet another heartfelt, lofty and honey-sweet album. Her music floats in the vein of Tori Amos or Sarah McLachlan but remains distinctly her own. What We Saw from the Cheap Seats will charm you with its melodic and hypnotic expression of music.


5. Ed Sheeran — +

Born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England, Ed Sheeran has released an acoustic gem of an album with new release +. He currently has a popular radio hit with the song “The A Team.” On the new album, he blends his acoustic sound with catchy beats that fuse with folk and a little bit of rap and beatbox style.


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