Each month we bring you a round-up of the most exciting new releases.

This month sees some cracking albums, EPs and singles from Weaves, Wolf Alice, Rise Bristol, Bully, Nasty Little Lonely, Julien Baker and more.

Weaves – Wide Open

06.10, Memphis Industries | Buy

Weaves effervesce with a sultry, unpredictable charm. Wide Open, the follow-up to their acclaimed self-titled debut, opens with the clattering ferocity of ‘#53’, delivering a heady blend of soaring riffs amidst the swells of Jasmyn Burke’s rich, potent vocals. The subsequent tracks see the Toronto-based four-piece swirl and saunter through shimmering swathes of hazy reverb, frenetic dynamism and moments of yearning tenderness.

Burke’s voice fluctuates from an earnest fragility on quieter tracks such as ‘Puddle’ and the title track ‘Wide Open’, to an erratic intensity, particularly perceptible on ‘Scream’ as the track delves into a frenzy of shrieks and clashing cymbals. The distinctive art-rock that Weaves established with their debut is very much still at the core here, but there’s a greater sense of confidence and clarity to their sound, and perhaps an even greater eclecticism pulsing through the songs. ‘Walkaway’ and ‘Slicked’ stand out as particularly anthemic tracks with their undeniably infectious melodies and empowering attitude. Ultimately, Wide Open is a gloriously eccentric and spirited record that convincingly marks out Weaves’ place in the world. Kezia Cochrane

Volume 1 – Curated by Rise Bristol

Out Now, Bossch Records | Buy

September sees the closure of an integral part of Bristol’s music scene – Rise. The record store has championed local acts throughout the years by stocking their releases and welcoming them to in-store performances, so it seems fitting that they’ve put together four tracks from four of their favourite local artists to say goodbye to Park Street. Featuring Tara Clerkin, Wenonoah, Lice and Idles, the 12-inch is an eclectic look at the Bristol scene over the years. From the ferocious tendencies of Idles and Lice to the country-twanged tones of Clerkin and the dreamy, electronic disposition of Wenonoah, it’s a quintessential collection of Bristol’s forward-thinking artistry. Sammy Maine

Wolf Alice – Visions of a Life

Out Now, Dirty Hit | Buy

Visions Of A Life provides easy-listening tracks, drenched in Wolf Alice’s trademark rock-angst sound. With the aptly named ‘Yuk Foo’ shadowing hit single ‘Giant Peach’, the band have definitely stayed true to their roots. Stand-out single ‘Beautifully Unconventional’ displays the ease with which Ellie Rowsell can tell a story. Simple guitar riffs, paired with Rowsell’s narration is not only effective, but pinpoints the essence of the band – angsty alt rock storytelling. Wolf Alice have really begun to refine their style, which in such a short time frame is truly refreshing. Catrin Bishop

Bully – Losing

20.10, Sub Pop | Buy

Released on Sub Pop and self-recorded at Electrical Audio, Bully’s sophomore LP has pretty serious punk credentials. Not that it needs them: Alicia Bognanno’s songwriting and recording talents rely on no credibility, bar her own. With screeching, fizzing guitars and howling vocals, Losing offers little in the way of respite; each song’s quieter sections are rapt in tension for their impending burst of bruising feedback and lyrical disdain. These anxious, cynical tracks are short and disciplined, rooted in power-pop as much as noise rock: ‘Running’ and ‘Hate and Control’ offer some pretty exciting hooks and melodies to match all the fuzz and feedback. A record that demands your attention. Jon Clark

Julien Baker – Turn Out The Lights

27.10, Matador | Buy

Julien Baker returns with her ethereal singer-songwriter style. The lone guitar and vocals are much more haunting and complex on this sophomore release, as she emotes about the minutia of the polarising themes like nihilism, faith, love and self-worth. Baker also gains the production of an artist that sat atop everyone’s year end lists, but it ultimately doesn’t detract from her signature raw sound. Turn Out The Lights is a more cohesive album when compared to her stellar 2015 debut, Sprained Ankle. The album focuses on the seemingly unattainable goal of achieving balance, especially on tracks ‘Even’ and ‘Appointments’, and, as a result, stands as an example of confessional songwriting. Albert Testani

Nasty Little Lonely – Ugly Vitamin

13.10, Loner Noise | Buy

Nasty Little Lonely are well known for creating atmospheric backdrops to accompany their music; this single however, feels like a slight departure from their previous releases. The stripped-down and ferocious way the band attack this track leans their grunge strongly in the punk direction. The discordant quivers of the opening harks of Placebo’s ‘Pure Morning,’ while the slow, unyielding beat of the track slams in a rusty fashion, like one of In Utero‘s fuzzy, frenzied, drunk diatribes. Even Charlie Beddoes’ ethereal, fluttering voice turns into a snarling lyric-spitter, infused with venom and menace. It’s a short offer that packs a punch, glowing with undeniable energy and attitude. Stuart Tidy

Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger In The Alps

Out Now, Dead Oceans | Buy

There aren’t many things as unfathomable as the emotion from hearing a particularly moving piece of music, especially from something as minimal as a singular voice, instrument or foundation. With Stranger In The Alps, Phoebe Bridgers has taken such an unmistakable ability and drawn it across a whole album’s worth of stunning music. Steadily emoting across beautifully yearning structures, tracing the sentimentality of pondering your own past, Bridgers is ethereal, singing at once, bellowing the next, always resonating. Stranger In The Alps blushes under familiar pathways and autumn foliage, as childhood friends have grown with a blink of an eye, all told with remarkable empathy by an already unmistakable identity. Ross Jones

Slaughter Beach, Dog – Birdie

27.10, Big Scary Monsters | Buy

There’s only a consonant’s difference between ‘laughter’ and ‘slaughter’. When the levy ran dry on Modern Baseball and they began an indefinite hiatus, co-frontman Jake Ewald reverted to his pre-existing solo persona – Slaughter Beach, Dog. Ewald pursues sonic “restraint” on Birdie, evident in Weakerthans-influenced ‘Phoenix’. Guitars slide smoothly over ‘Gold & Green’, power-pop perks up proceedings on the utterly charming ‘Pretty Okay’ and the indie rock of ‘Sleepwalking’ certainly doesn’t slumber. ‘Friend Song’ declares “It’s nice to indulge in new interests,” as if weighty burdens have been lifted. Following swiftly on from June’s Motorcycle.jpg EP, Ewald’s second release is proof that there’s life in the old dog yet. Jon Kean

Kelela – Take Me Apart

06.10, Warp Records | Buy

In her 2015 EP Hallucinogen, Kelela demonstrated a knack for candid dancefloor anthems like ‘Rewind’, but two years on she’s toned down the bass and dosed up the confessions. Tracks like ‘S.O.S’ and ‘Waitin’ mix glittering potential with stunted beats, carving her stilted and serene sound into your ears. Yet for the most part Take Me Apart plays like a complex, slowed-down love story; from the many attempts at seduction on ‘Turn To Dust’ to the loaded and lustful ‘Blue Light’. The album does as the title says, taking apart every aspect of love – with all the nitty-gritty thoughts moulded neatly into 14 slow-burning R&B gems. Oliver Evans

Wolf Parade – Cry Cry Cry

06.10, Sub Pop | Buy

Wolf Parade’s 2003 debut EP opened with, “I’m not in love with the modern world.” 2017’s offering renews that feeling. Who knew back then that things could get so much worse? They reel from the death of icons like Bowie and Cohen, and from global democracy’s apparent demise, with understandable agitation. There’s a sense of rock opera – The Seven Ages of The Thin White Duke – in songs like ‘Valley Boy’ and ‘Am I an Alien Here’. ‘Who Are Ya’ is perky and Sparks-y. Some of ‘Incantation’ sounds like Madness going apeshit. ‘Lazarus Online’ however, best sums up the album’s restless energy with, “Let’s fight; let’s rage against the night.Jon Kean

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid

06.10, Western Vinyl | Buy

Since the release of her first full-length Euclid, the work of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith has been held in such high regard for a manner of reasons, uniformly lead by the pure human fluidity with which she crafts such exploratory music. The Kid, her third album in as many years, is an incisive exhibition of such qualities, an album more enhanced than dictated to by the thematic conviction of life, our very existence and the stages which we must experience. Wondrous, spontaneous and indisputably beautiful, The Kid summons idiosyncratic pieces that are immediately unmistakable, much like a memory becoming ingrained within the mind. As vividly radiant a record as you’ll find this year. Ross Jones

Cold Specks – Fool’s Paradise

Out Now, Arts & Crafts | Buy

This is the third album from Toronto songwriter Ladan Hussein, who gained a Polaris Music Prize nomination for her 2012 debut I Predict A Graceful Expulsion. Focussing on the intimacy of self-reflection with glittering electronic layers, it’s Hussein’s vocals that feel more powerful than ever. Sonically, the album offers a stripped-back repetitiveness, that allows Hussein’s vulnerable lyricism to flourish with a deep, soulful groove. The title track sees Cold Specks’ music incorporate the Somali language for the first time, while ‘Rupture’ and ‘Ancient Habits’ sees Hussein bring forth an 80s nostalgia. Fool’s Paradise sensitively explores identity and womanhood through gorgeous soundscapes and an exposed, relatable narrative. Sammy Maine