Every Friday, Attendee.com takes a look at some of the week’s best new albums from across the musical spectrum. Whether you need some tunes to unwind with after work or a hot track to play at a party … we’ve got you covered.

Tamaryn – Dreaming the Dark 

As a child, Tamaryn Brown attempted to imitate the sexual movements of the dancers on her television. When her grandmother saw her doing this, Brown explained in an interview with The New York Times, “She took me into her room, put on Kate Bush’s ‘The Dreaming,’ and was like, ‘No one’s watching you, move any way that makes sense to the music.’” This anecdote is reflected in Tamaryn’s fourth studio album; “Dreaming The Dark” is a naked, fearless and unapologetic. Songs like “Angels of Sweat” simultaneously embrace the melancholy and empowering moments of dancing by yourself. Despite having new wave/shoe gazing production, Tamaryn’s latest outing has moments of pristine clarity.

Flume – Hi This Is Flume

Flume might be one of the most lowkey DJ’s in pop music. Despite being a global sensation, Flume doesn’t buy sports teams like Diplo or Livestream from his studio like deadmau5. He is much more guarded and introspective. This is made apparent on his surprise mixtape Hi This Is Flume. While the tape has some solid club bangers, there are existential and personal moments. Tracks like “Daze 22.00” switches between furious snare barrages and gorgeous flute instrumentations. “Is It Cold In The Water?”, a collaboration with queer electronica goddess Sophie, is operatic and feels like the climax to a sci-fi dogfight. Flume is proof that EDM isn’t just for frat bros and wooks.

Karen O and Danger Mouse – Lux Prima

Danger Mouse has always made music for imaginary spy movies. Even his greatest hit, “Crazy,” feels like it could be a Bond theme. A few years back, Danger Mouse created the epic concept album “Rome,” based around an imaginary spaghetti western film. To play the leads, DM recruited Jack White and Norah Jones. Jones’ and White’s performances were admirable, but something didn’t quite work. Enter Karen O, who’s charisma matches Danger’s moxie. Karen channels Nancy Sinatra, while Danger Mouse’s production echos David Axelrod’s cinematic production style. “Lux Prima” is a solid pop-rock record that leans just as much on Karen O’s unique vocal style as it does its vintage production style.

Low Life – Downer Edn

Australia’s punk scene has always had a penchant for dreary and atonal vocals. From Nick Cave to Courtney Barnett, the dry and apathetic vocal style has reigned supreme. Low Life doesn’t need gothic chants or witty lyricism to define their music. Instead, these Sydney natives cut through the mix with guitars that sound like industrial drills. It serves a nice counterweight to their post-punk melodies and actually makes the LP sound pretty upbeat.  Low Life’s rants are often depressing, but their music makes you want to mosh out of excitement rather than frustration.

Oozing Wound — High Anxiety

If you have a friend who doesn’t understand why you like metal, pop on High Anxiety to convert them to your cause. Oozing Wound has long favored a commitment to listenability over pure brutality. They also don’t write songs that go on for fifteen minutes straight. Rather, these Chicago locals make their transitions sweet and to the point. The opening track “Surrounded By F***ing Idiots” works itself smoothly into the the fits of rage that is “Filth Chisel.” Lead singer Zack Weil’s vocals are gravelly and vicious, but still melodic. His distorted and damaged riffs are spaced nicely between teeter-totter chord progressions. His backing band is clearly having just as much fun playing the second fiddle to Weil’s heavy metal antics.

Anticipations

Weyes Blood – “Movies”

 

Weyes Blood’s romantic yearnings always cut with the subtlest of knives. On “Movies,” she croons about being “bound to that summer, Big box office hit, Making love to a counterfeit” while spacial synths twinkle behind her longings. We’ve all had our hearts broken and tried to fill that void with false hope. Weyes Blood’s latest single swells and grows into a epic cry before a pop-ambient blackhole consumes her sorrow.

Titanic Rising will be out via Sub Pop on April 5.

Holly Herndon – “Eternal

 

“Eternal” is Silicon Valley’s answer to Bjork. Electronic composer and tinkerer Holly Herndon programmed and jammed with an AI which she named Spawn. While it’s unclear what role Spawn had exactly, Herndon’s new single “Eternal” is a sprawling and intricate piece of experimental dance music. Her harp-like vocals cutting through the hectic storm clouds of bass, drums, and destructive synths; her descent from the sonic Nimbus could be likened to the Archangel

Gabriel. PROTO is out on May 10 via 4AD.