Ha Ha Tonka—Heart-Shaped Mountain
Forged in the Missouri Ozarks in 2004, Ha Ha Tonka unveils their fifth studio album, Heart-Shaped Mountain, today via Bloodshot Records. The band’s new record is a triumph—in more ways than one. After weathering a massive studio hardware crash that deleted everything they’d recorded, they regrouped, steeled themselves, and emerged with a 10-song collection of tunes that will renew the spirit and set fireworks in the heart. Ha Ha Tonka makes good old barroom-tested Southern-tinged heartland rock n’ roll, and there ain’t nothing bad about that.
Flagship—The Electric Man
Charlotte, North Carolina-based pop rock duo Flagship releases The Electric Man, their sophomore effort today via Bright Antenna records; with a sound that calls to mind the emotional intensity of The Moth & The Flame and combines it with the fun-loving spirit of Eo8 faves like Colony House and Knox Hamilton, Flagship has compiled a shimmering selection of songs that solidifies their rightful place in the sonic landscape.
British psych-rock outfit Temples released their latest album, Volcano, last week via Fat Possum Records. You may remember them from their 2014 debut Sun Structures which featured 60s-era hip-shaker “Shelter Song.” If so, appreciate that, then wipe your mind clean, open your ears, and prepare yourself for a change in sonic direction. Volcano is like a synth-infused space odyssey, with each song causing sparks to fly—but don’t worry, the groove-tastic hip-shakers are still present and accounted for.