Happy Sunday! If you have tomorrow off for Memorial Day, enjoy the three-day weekend. Either way, here are three of the week’s best new releases. And keep an eye out for a full review of Shawn Mendes’s new album coming later this month!
Panic! At The Disco are gearing up for the release of their sixth album, due out June 22. They’ve already released two tracks and tour dates, and the latest teaser for the album (titled Pray for the Wicked) comes in the form of “High Hopes.” Panic!’s signature is drama, and there’s no sign of that stopping: Brendon Urie’s histrionic vocals are out in full force as usual, backed with brass and strings as he sings about the necessity of having high expectations. It seems to carry on the message of “(F*** A) Silver Lining,” where he declares that “only gold is hot enough.” It’ll be interesting to see what the rest of the album brings.
Dierks Bentley teamed up with the Brothers Osborne for the first single off his upcoming album, The Mountain. The title of “Burning Man” is a nod to the annual art festival by the same name held in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, where an effigy of a man is burned in a manner some find reminiscent of pagan sacrifices. The crux of the song, then, is balance; Bentley declares himself to be “a little bit steady, but still a little bit rolling stone” and “a little bit holy water, a little bit burning man.” The brand of rock-tinged country employed in the track is nothing new, not for Bentley or for the country landscape in general, but it’s something he’s embraced throughout his career to great effect. The result is a catchy, contemporary tune that serves as an exciting lead single.
Blues-rock quartet The New Respects released their latest single, “Freedom” this week. The Nashville-based band draws on gospel, blues, and early rock sounds to create a throwback blend of high-energy funk for the modern ear. Characterized by prominent riffs and strong vocals from lead singer Jasmine Mullen, “Freedom” is a celebration of its namesake, brimming with power and vitality. Though they’ve yet to release a full-length album, this group his definitely one to watch.