The spookiest month of the year also gave us some pretty rad releases. Check out blog staff’s favorite albums and EPs of October!

The OOZ  – King Krule

The OOZ dropped on Friday the 13th, the perfect release date for King Krule’s latest eerie addition to his discography. Drawing influences from punk, jazz, hip-hop, and indie music, Marshall’s created and coined his own genre called “Bluewave.” Clocking in at an hour and seven minutes with 19 tracks, The OOZ is a journey through the depths of Marshall’s deepest thoughts, desires, insecurities, and more. If you thought the dude was depressing before, brace yourself, Marshall turned “Bluewave” straight indigo. King Krule’s poetic like lyricism and allusions to water such as “Deep Sea Diver,” “Dum Surfer”  and the surfer rock influence on songs like “Vidual” help paint this aquatic portrait. – Josh Jones

Going Grey – The Front Bottoms 

The Front Bottom’s latest release, Going Grey, is my favorite album of theirs to date. Initially, skimming over the track list, I was a little off-put by titles such as, “Bae” and “Peace Sign,” dreading some sort of lyrical composition consisting of phrases one would find on the back of a Forever 21 shirt. Nevertheless, I absolutely love this album and the lyrics far surpass the preface that the track names lay out for you. It is truly one the first album of theirs that I can say I like just about every track. The Front Bottoms have always had a knack for writing catchy melodies here and there, but never have they released an album where nearly every song could get stuck in your head. As much as I have liked Brian Sella’s half-sing-half-talk vocals, they can get a little bland without the proper music accompaniment, but this album’s musicianship pairs flawlessly with Sella’s trademark voice. Personally, my favorite songs are “Everyone But You” and “Ocean,” but give this album a listen and you will quickly see it’s no easy feat to chose a favorite. –Sarah Braddock

Mnestic Pressure – Lee Gamble 

As a fan of classic IDM (e.g. Aphex Twin, Plaid, Autechre, etc.) this album really hits the spot. The relatively short tracks are like electronic hors d’oeuvres giving the listener a taste of the building blocks of contemporary experimental electronic music. Ambient, techno and drum and bass are all covered in incredibly crisp productions with a wide sonic palette. A true gourmet album for the discerning listener. – Peter Melero

Robots – EARTHGANG

The Atlanta rap duo has kept busy since signing to J.Cole’s Dreamville label, first with the EP Rags which dropped late this summer and now another 6-track EP, Robots. The rappers explore feelings of emptiness and their longing for authenticity using an overarching futuristic theme to make a metaphorical connection between being feeling lonely and robotic. Pair that with the southern twang and you can’t help but make comparisons to fellow “Atliens” Outkast, but EARTHGANG is carving a path all their own. –Aaliyah Weathers

Daymoon – Strange Ranger

Daymoon, Strange Ranger’s first full-length release since they changed their name and shifted their lineup a bit, is lyrically the most poetic of any past albums. The LP starts off strong with “Glow,” the song growing in fullness through the minutes, something I can no doubt see myself nodding my head along to in a dimly lit bar or living room house show. The album continues to wax and wane with energy throughout, painting scenes of snowy winter days, starry still nights, sidewalks, and parking lots. This album will definitely be a chill-out staple in my music collection for a long time to come. – Julie Kolakowski

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