I hope everyone enjoyed the best of 2017 lists on IVM last month. Now it’s time to talk about what the best new music of January 2018 is! Here’s my short list:
Blank Books – EP1
Is it cheating to include EP1 by Blank Books in my January list? The album technically dropped on November 22nd last year, but it only made it’s way to Apple Music and Spotify this month. If you’re like me and didn’t get around to listening to it before, now is the time! And if you’re not like me and you bought it on Bandcamp back in November you might as well listen to it again anyway. Good rock music like this is hard to come by!
Levi Whalen – The Rough Edge EP
Almost every week after compiling the new music release lists someone will ask “where’s the EDM?” Well there was at least one electronic album worth listening to in January this year: The Rough Edge EP by Levi Whalen. It’s only three songs, but they’re a lot of fun. And if you want to hear more consider backing the Kickerstarter for a new full-length titled With Friends.
Mark Lee Townsend – 1919: The Ballad of Rexford
What if I told you that there was an album featuring Matt Thiessen of Relient K, Tim Skipper of House of Heroes, Matt Shelton of The Wedding, and Davy Baysinger of Bleach, would you be interest? Well that album exists and it’s called 1919: The Ballad of Rexford. Mark Lee Townsend may or may not be a name you recognize, but he’s something of legend in the Christian music world. Chances are, you’ve heard him playing guitar for DC Talk or producing for Relient K. Now he’s released his first solo album, a whopping 19-song concept album about his father.
AC.jR & Brady James – Perfect People [Single]
Now it’s your turn, what new music did you listen to in January 2018?