That’s it, summer is over. It’s time for people to head to school, get back into their daily routines, and get pummelled by rain. Thankfully for us, we have albums that manage to completely capture the mood of this dreary month, whether you’re looking back in nostalgia at the lost summer months to Mazzy Star’s new record or walking through the dark cold streets of your city to the Better Off Dead mixtape.
Essential tracks—In the Kingdom, California, Sparrow
Hope Sandoval’s whispery vocals flutter over Dave Roback’s signature shoegaze, folk-inspired guitar in Mazzy Star’s hazy new album. Seasons of Your Day is their first release in almost 20 years.
Essential tracks—Double Vision, Rubble, Domino Moon
This Miami band’s breed of sunny, hook-filled, and extremely tasteful ‘Nuggets’ inspired garage rock serves as a wake up call to the huge array of dime-a-dozen bands trying to recreate that same ‘60s sound.
Essential tracks—Do I Wanna Know, Arabella, Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
In the Arctic Monkeys 5th solo outing, the band decided to ditch the overtly british, Paul Weller-esque vibe they so dearly embraced in their earlier albums and instead opt for a raw, edgier, desert influenced sound.
1. Flatbush Zombies—Better Off Dead
Essential tracks—Bliss, Club Soda, MRAZ
The Flatbush Zombies are from Brooklyn and proud of it, relying heavily on their grimy beats, witty lyricism, and captivating personalities. This new collection of songs does more than just represent the trio as individuals, but as products of their environment.