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Album of the Day: Alex Lahey, “The Best of Luck Club”

“The Best of Luck Club,” the second record from Australian multi-instrumentalist Alex Lahey follows a similar m.o. as her debut “I Love You Like A Brother,” pairing an optimistic sound with decidedly less optimistic lyrics. Darkness is always close by in her songs, but Lahey tames her demons with buoyant melodies and thundering power chords.

The album’s explosive opener, “I Don’t Get Invited To Parties Anymore,” is a boisterous look at the tension between fading youth and adult responsibility. “Has my fun gone out the door?” she glumly asks at one point. She answers her own question shortly thereafter, by way of the roaring power pop of “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself,” where she sings, “You haven’t had a day off in weeks / Your voice is shaking when you speak / It might not be my place to help / But don’t be so hard on yourself.” By maintaining this tender sense of conviction throughout, Lahey sends the album’s arc with a bit of hope. It’s an album about feeling the lowest of the lows, but also celebrating the highest of the highs. Songs like “Am I Doing It Right” and “Interior Demeanour” scan as letters Lahey has written to herself, offering both determination and reassurance. When life gets dark, it takes a certain kind of zeal to see through the fog—and zeal is something The Best of Luck Club has in spades.

-Jerry Cowgill

This Week’s Essential Releases: Astral Folk, Soul, Grindcore and More

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Welcome to Essential Releases, our weekly roundup of the best music on Bandcamp. Each week, we’ll recommend crucial new albums that were released between last Friday and this Friday, plus pick an older LP from the stacks that you may have missed.

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The Best Albums of 2017: #40 – #21

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We’ll be revealing the full list, 20 albums at a time, this whole week.

Last year, the Bandcamp Daily staff put together our first “Best Albums of the Year List,” 100 albums we felt defined 2016 for us. At the time I remember thinking, “This is tough, but it will probably get easier as the years go on.” Now, one year later, I’m realizing that I was wrong. The truth is, the world of Bandcamp is enormous, and it contains artists from all over the world, in every conceivable genre (including a few who exist in genres of their own invention), and at every stage of their career. The fact of the matter is, any list like this is going to fall short because, on Bandcamp, there is always more to discover. Right now, there’s probably someone in their bedroom in Buenos Aires, making a record on their computer that is going to end up on next year’s list. So as comprehensive as we’ve tried to make this list, we realize that, even at 100 albums, we’re only scratching the surface of what’s available. The albums that made this list, though, were the ones that stayed with us long after they were released—the ones we returned to again and again and found their pleasures undimmed, and their songs still rewarding.

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Alex Lahey’s Rambunctious Rock Songs Make Sadness Sound Like Happiness

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This past April, 25-year-old songwriter Alex Lahey found herself back in her high school’s band practice room. There, alongside friend and producer Oscar Dawson, the Melbourne songwriter spent a day teaching herself how to play all manner of weird instruments, from tubular bells, timpani, and vibraphone, to marimbas, glockenspiel, and cymbals. After a few hours, the pair began recording some tracks.

Specifically, Lahey was looking to flesh out a song called “Backpack,” a wistful piano ballad about dating someone who has one foot out the door. “I know life’s too short to settle down, and you move faster than the world spins round,” she sings on the song’s chorus. “It’s hard for me to put my arms around you when your backpack’s on.” “There’s actually a very pertinent image in there, because it’s physically very difficult to hug someone with a backpack on,” Lahey says with a laugh. “But it’s also kind of this existential question of ‘Well, we’re all going to die anyway and it’s crazy to think we’re going to be with just one person forever.’”

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This Week’s Essential Releases: Afrobeat, Glam Pop, Experimental Synth & More

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Welcome to Seven Essential Releases, our weekly roundup of the best music on Bandcamp. Each week, we’ll recommend six new albums, plus pick an older LP from the stacks that you may have missed.

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