In you editor's humble opinion
Death Cab For Cutie, Thank You For Today
This album clocks in around 40 minutes of listening time, and I would be lying if I denied listening to it at least once a day (sometimes twice!) since its August release. With Ben Gibbard’s soft vocals that have somehow withstood the test of time, catchy electronic back beats, and the same nostalgic sadness every Death Cab album exhibits, this album is a rich display of raw emotion with an updated 2018 feel. It’s the same old, but better. Personally, the 2015 album Kintsugi has been my favorite album from this band so far, but Thank You For Today quickly rose to the top of my Spotify queue.
This is a perfect album for your daily commute or a focused study session, as well as general at home listening.
Honorable Mention: Hozier, Nina Cried Power EP
I can’t wait for the early 2019 release of Hozier’s second full length album, but this EP was a fantastic teaser and held me over in the meantime. His 2014 self-titled is full of power vocals that cut to my core, and I’ve been waiting 4 years for a new release. Nina Cries Power is full of the heavy bodied yet soft and loving Hozier we know and love with a soulful, rock n roll feel.
I especially liked to listen to this EP when I was walking somewhere. A shorter length combined with Hozier and Mavis Staples powerful voices lends perfectly to a brisk pace. With only 4 songs, this album will keep you pumped up wherever you're headed!