It's the dog days of summer, and that means best weeks of new music are behind us until things ramp up in the fall, but never fear! This week, we'll take a look back at some of the best albums of the past few months that we missed the first time around.
Right Away Great Captain! - The Church of the Good Thief
Right Away Great Captain! is the sensitive, folksy side project of Manchester Orchestra frontman Andy Hull. The Church of the Good Thief is the conclusion of an epic three-album story of a sailor cuckolded by his own brother while out at sea. The Church of the Good Thief offers a powerful, sometimes heartbreaking reflection of the complications of love, violence, forgiveness and redemption. The album is available streaming at Bandcamp.
Sucré - A Minor Bird
The brainchild of indie power-couple Stacy Dupree-King of Eisley and Darren King of Mutemath, Sucré blends the best of both of their primary bands -- Mutemath's lush electronic soundscapes and Eisley's assertive female vocals. Fitting for a husband-wife duo, the lyrics are dreamy and romantic -- perfect for late-night summer drives with your sweetheart. You can stream the album courtesy of Hellogiggles.
The Tallest Man on Earth - There's No Leaving Now
Buzz has been building around Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson and his band The Tallest Man on Earth for a while now, and that buzz grew into full-blown success in June when There's No Leaving Now peaked at 35 on the Billboard charts. Matsson is frequently compared to Bob Dylan, and for good reason; his reedy voice doesn't conform to the classical sound of a pop singer and his musical accompaniment often sounds as if it were recorded in 60 years ago in a studio in the Delta. Beyond those superficial similarities, The Tallest Man on Earth brings the same earnestness and passion that the best Dylan songs are capable of. In many ways, Matsson's ascent reminds one of Sufjan Stevens -- he plays music we've heard time and again, but there's just something special about it. There's No Leaving Now is streaming on NPR.