New Releases Recap - June 2018

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Summer is upon us! And much like the temperature outside the new releases are starting to heat up. No one would fault you if you haven’t had the time to keep up with all the albums coming out over the last month. That’s why I’ve got a handy recap of some notable new releases from the month of June for you to skim through.

Starting out on the rock front, the alternative rock band The Choir released their 17th studio album, Bloodshot, on June 1st. A week later, DC Talk member Kevin Max released his 13th studio album, AWOL. If you were hoping for album from an artist with less than 10 albums to their name, IVM has you covered with the self-titled punk-rock debut from The Prettybads. And sticking with the the punk theme, the pop-punk band My Heart Lies released a new full-length titled Love and Fear.

EPs and singles are all the rage these days and June had more than a few worth mentioning. Atlanta rockers, CLOUDLAND, released their sophomore EP, Seasons. Just this past weekend, the new Facedown Records artist DENS released their post-hardcore EP titled No Small Tempest, perfect for fans of Thrice. Speaking of which, Thrice released a new single last month themselves titled “The Grey.” Other noteworthy singles include: “Bullets” by NEEDTOBREATHE, “5 Light Years” by Mae, “Let’s Ride” by MxPx, and “Details” by Fever Fever. I’d also suggest checking out “Blackout” by Ian Yates and “We Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” by The New Respects.

Now let’s talk about briefly about what’s been happening in the world of pop and electronic. Owl City of “Fireflies” fame released his sixth studio album, Cinematic, at the beginning of June. And on June 22nd, Plumb released her eighth studio album Beautifully Broken. There were also new albums from Matthew West, Chris August, Jasmine Murray, and more if you want spend some time digging into all the new CCM releases. I’d like to point your attention to a new project from Aaron Sprinkle called Luna Wave and it’s self-titled EP. Moving on to singles, Sarah Reeves dropped a killer new pop hit titled “Easy.” She wasn’t the only female pop artist to release an enjoyable single this month though. “Chasing Stars” by Fleurie, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by Stephanie Skipper, and “Higher” by Valerie Anne are all worth a shout out too.

June was a very prolific month for singer/songwriters. Starting off with my potential album of the year from Brooke AnnibaleHold to the Light which released on June 8th. LaPeer also released a very interesting and musically diverse album titled ’90s Kids. Oh, and John Mark McMillian released The Mercury SessionsMadison Cunningham had a very busy month releasing not only her Love, Lose, Remember EP but a two-song single called “Beauty Into Clichés.” A few other singles to check out: “Woe Is Me” by Benjamin James, “Blue Light” by Oh Jeremiah, and “Go” by Vocal Few.

I can’t lie, I’m not qualified to write about metal or rap so you might as well skip to the comment section and hope someone more knowledgeable than me can fill you in. Nonetheless, there was a new album from Impending Doom titled The Sin and Doom Vol. II that came out on June 22nd. And there was an EP from Living in Victory called Freeman last month too. Resurrection Part I is a hard rock EP from the band Fades Away. Fit For A King saw fit to release two singles in June, “Tower of Pain” and “The Price of Agony.” “Northern Fires (Guernica)” by Silent Planet might also be worth checking out too.

There are more hip hop releases in June than I could possibly cover in a short recap like this. But to hit a few of the highlights: nobigdyl. made his major label debut with SOLAR, Lecrae returned with Zaytoven to release Let the Trap Say Amen, and Wordsplayed released an EP titled LFL1.

Of course when it comes to worship music you have a release from Hillsong. Hillsong Young & Free more specifically released their new album III on June 29th. If numerically titled albums are your thing you might also want to check out WE ARE ONE‘s album SEVENGarden by United Pursuit might also be worth a look as well. As for singles, you’ve got “Forever” by The Gray Havens, “Lost in Wonder” by Eikon and Lucy Grimble, and a pair of singles from Marshall Marshall: “Forever Faithful” and “Just As I Am.”

There you have it, a quick summery of June’s new releases. You can find more releases at the links below as well as share your favorite June releases in the comments.

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