• Mina Johnson

here's all the music you missed last month

The days seem to blur together— from LANY to Japanese House, here's a rundown on everything you might've missed.


While the COVID-19 pandemic has put many aspects of the music industry on hold for the time being, our favorite artists are continuing to create and release new music. In July alone, we got new releases from Phoebe Bridgers, Dominic Fike, and Billie Eilish. So: let’s talk about some new records that came out in August.


AMINÉ — LIMBO


Fans have been waiting for this album’s release since Aminé announced its arrival via Instagram last month. Limbo doesn’t strike with the same mainstream-friendly sound as Aminé’s previous records, with a much heavier sound on songs like “Shimmy” and “Pressure in my Palms”. The latter, which features slowthai and Vince Staples, is one of many collaborations on the album, including Summer Walker (“Easy”), Young Thug (“Compensating”), and my personal favorite, Injury Reserve (“Fetus”).


Personally, I’m a big fan of this new side of Aminé. It’s been exciting watching him grow into this new phase of musicianship and life.


LANY — “you!”


Soon after announcing their upcoming album Mama’s Boy (October 2nd), LANY released the first song on the album, “you!”. The song, about finding a soulmate, is not at all what I expected from the band, who until now have not impressed me with new music. Their latest album, Malibu Nights, was mediocre at best, trying too hard to stick to their beachy pop roots. This new sound is much more interesting, incorporating bright synths, heavy drums, and intense guitar.


Along with the previously released “if this is the last time” and “good guys”, we’re in for something special with the upcoming LANY album. I’m happy to report that the band has found their new sound.


TROYE SIVAN — IN A DREAM


I, along with many other Troye Sivan fans were surprised when he announced the release of his newest EP, In a Dream. I had no expectations for this record, as each of Troye’s previous albums have had a different style. But, I was pleasantly surprised to hear a sound that was reminiscent of his debut album, Blue Neighborhood, a personal favorite of mine. The first single on the record, “Rager teenager!” highlights the teenage years and how reckless they can be, while track two, “Easy” talks about a relationship in which the two parties are still in love but have gone their separate ways.


If Sivan’s upcoming music is anything like In a Dream, everyone should get ready. Troye Sivan is about to take over the charts once again as he did five years ago.


THE JAPANESE HOUSE — CHEWING COTTON WOOL


I had extremely high expectations for The Japanese House (Amber Bain)’s newest EP, Chewing Cotton Wool. Her very specific sound was highlighted once again, right from the start of this new record. While track two, “Something Has to Change” has a more upbeat sound than we normally hear from Bain, it still held her incredibly specific soft vocals and synths. The third track, “Dionne”, which features Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, has more distorted vocals, which I’m sure came with input from Vernon, yet was still undoubtedly The Japanese House.




REMI WOLF — "MONTE CARLO"


Being a big fan of Remi Wolf’s music, I was very excited to hear this new song. Wolf’s sound is like no other in music today, incorporating energetic beats with soulful lyrics that often reference pop culture. Her lyrics are always entertaining to hear because you never know exactly where she’s going. “Monte Carlo” features references to I Love Lucy, football, and Jay-Z. This song is going to be a staple on many summer playlists for sure.






THE 1975 — NOTES ON A CONDITIONAL FORM


Going into this album, I didn’t have high hopes. I’d been unimpressed with the singles the

1975 had released from this record, and once I took a listen to NOACF, I can’t say that I felt any different. The band experimented in many genres outside of their usual synth-pop on this album. Lead singer, Matty Healy, channels his inner screamo artist on “People '' while he plays the role of a country singer on “Roadkill”.


While many songs on the album disappointed me, I have to acknowledge that there are some, including “The Birthday Party” that impressed me. In my opinion, the best songs that Healy writes tell a story that only he can explain, which “The Birthday Party” does. So, while I wouldn’t listen to the entire album again, there are some songs that I will be adding to my playlists.


With new music constantly being released, this is only a small snippet of all the music that came out this month. While I thoroughly enjoyed some, I was a bit let down by others. Let us know if you feel the same on Instagram (@HALOSCOPEMAG) and Twitter (@HALOSCOPEMAG).


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Mina Johnson is an 18-year-old singer/songwriter and music journalist originally from Los Angeles, CA and now based in Philadelphia, PA. Her writing is inspired by her favorite artists (Mac Miller, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lorde - to name a few), new music, and giving new artists a platform to share their music with the world. When she's not writing, you can find her going to concerts with friends, rewatching Lady Bird, or finding new restaurants to try. Her other interests include ramen, oddly specific Spotify playlists, and a good thrift shop find.



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