New Music Friday: Check Out Albums From Troye Sivan, Why Don’t We, And Alkaline Trio

Hear the latest releases for this week

August 31, 2018
Troye Sivan

Kevin Winter / Staff

Oh my my my. They keep trying to push us into fall early, with their Pumpkin Spice Lattes and their Football that counts, but we’re not ready yet to be released from the vibe of summer. Thankfully, August has one last gasp of music to take us away from the coming collapse of a carefree season. These are the highlights from this week’s New Music Friday.

Troye Sivan – Bloom

It has been almost eight months since we started hearing songs from Troye Sivan’s second studio album, and the excitement has grown with each release. Bloom officially arrives today, filled with thoughtful, confessional pop from the twenty-four-year-old singer. Not many tunes have had us dancing this year like the anthemic “My My My” or the pounding electronic drums of Sivan’s duet with Ariana Grande, but it’s the quiet sincerity of songs like “The Good Side” and “Animal” that make Bloom really special.

Why Don’t We – 8 Letters

Another generation of boy bands is afoot. Along with BTS and PRETTYMUCH, Why Don’t We is a fresh collection of singers sent to steal the hearts of fans with harmonies and choreography. Formed in 2016, this group from every corner of the country has built a brand of soulful, earnest pop through a string of EPs and a healthy YouTube following. Their debut album 8 Letters rounds out their sound, and is a snapshot of a band that’s growing right alongside their following.

Alkaline Trio – Is This Thing Cursed?

Is This Thing Cursed? is the ninth studio effort from the band Alkaline Trio, but it is their first album in five years. The trio took some time away, as guitarist and singer Matt Skiba has been moonlighting as a member of Blink-182 since 2015. That situation seems to remain the same, but Skiba has found time to take another trip out with his original family. The reunion is a return to their earlier days, both in the way they wrote the album and the hard-charging, emotive punk sound that fills it. “I really feel like we made a record that the old school fans are going to dig” bassist and singer Dan Andriano explained to SPIN earlier this year. They definitely hit that mark.

Also out this week are albums from Wild Nothing and from singer Amos Lee.