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Top 5 Releases: Jan 2021

I'm starting a new tradition of noting the 5 best releases (EP's included) of each month. Of course January is a pretty slow month, so there wasn't a ton of competition, but here goes nothing!
6Another Sky
Music For Winter Vol. 1


HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Another Sky - Music For Winter Vol. 1
Steven Wilson - The Future Bites
5Weezer
OK Human


Weezer's latest album is a somber one, and it's very different from any of their other past releases. It still features the same quirkiness of Cuomo, but this time most of the songs are slower paced, and feature a wider variety of instrumentation. Even if it won't convert those who dislike Weezer's style, it's a calming breath of fresh air compared to their other recent albums.

Top Songs: Aloo Gobi, Numbers, Here Comes the Rain
4Gatecreeper
An Unexpected Reality


This is the first I'd ever heard of Gatecreeper, and they made a hell of a first impression. The EP is basically two parts: an onslaught of brutal death metal, and then a massive doom track to end it, and the latter is easily the most memorable part of it. Having one great track amongst a bunch of other short bursts of metal isn't quite enough for this EP to be legendary, but it's a hell of a ride nonetheless.

Top Song: Emptiness
3Pom Poko
Cheater


This wonderful mashup of garage rock, indie pop, and noise rock ended up being one of the biggest surprises of January. The energy on this record is infectious, and lead vocalist Ragnhild's unique voice makes for a pleasant listening experience. I'm very excited to see what else this Norwegian group can accomplish.

Top Songs: Danger Baby, Look, My Candidacy
2Frank Iero and The Future Violents
Heaven is a Place, This is a Place


Although this EP has already proven to be polarizing on this website, I believe it to be some of Iero's best work in recent years. Sure, his vocals can be grating to those who aren't used to them. It's perfectly understandable to be turned off by his unique delivery, but once you look past it you have some of Iero's grimiest and angst-filled music. If we're being honest, I could have gone without the cover of REM's 'Losing My Religion,' (not because it's subjectively bad, but because it doesn't fit with the other three tracks) but that's a small complaint to have when the other tracks are worth going back to.

Top Songs: Sewerwell, Record Ender
1The Dirty Nil
Fuck Art


Released on New Year's Day, Fuck Art has still remained my favorite album of this month. Admittedly, it's one of the safer releases of the past 30 days, but when it comes to energetic pop-punk, it's hard to find a more consistently solid record than this one. The Dirty Nil may not have done anything on this album to reinvent the wheel, but filling an album with catchy track after catchy track is definitely not a bad way to go. If you like artists like A Day to Remember and Four Year Strong, then you'll find something to love here.

Top Songs: Blunt Force Concussion, Damage Control, One More and the Bill
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