When he left One Direction for a solo career, Harry Styles wasted no time before swinging for the fences with his own work. Where other post-boyband artists like Justin Timberlake dug up gold in similar sonic fields, Styles has consistently put out work that borrows from 70’s and 80’s rock and alternative artists. It takes a strong sense of self to put the single “Sign of the Times” and “Kiwi” on the same record, and we love him for it.
If you love Harry Styles vinyl and have already picked up your own copy of Fine Line, do yourself a favor and see how these fine records fit on the shelf beside him.
Bleachers – Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night
Jack Antonoff, the main musical force behind Bleachers, shares a lot of common ground with Harry Styles – they both draw from many different inspirations, and they both believe good songs can be Big Songs. It’s not hard to imagine both of them performing “Chinatown”, the second track on Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night, at a festival or award show. The track itself pays tribute to one of the first Big Pop voices, featuring The Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen.
Where many songwriters shy away from big pop sounds and undeniable hooks, Antonoff leans in and invites the listener to turn it up and just have a good time with huge, heartfelt jams.
Grab your copy of Bleachers vinyl at the store.
Amos Lee – My New Moon
Amos Lee has a voice that melts ice faster than whiskey, and his My New Moon LP is smooth all the way down. For Styles fans who like the smoother songs like “Sweet Creature,” Lee is a natural fit.
Lee crafts tight, purposeful songs that draw us in and remind us about who we are. On “Crooked”, he confesses “Turns out I’m crooked, too” to chains pounding the ground and a deep clavinet. Lovers of stacked harmonies will love the big wash of voices when the chorus hits in “Hang On, Hang On”. If you slept on the My New Moon vinyl when it dropped in 2018, now is the perfect time to come back around.
The 1975 – Notes On a Conditional Form
The 1975 are a rare kind of band these days – comfortable making tender folk songs like “Jesus Christ 2005 God Bless America” and creating songs in adventurous territory like “People”, both tracks on their Notes On a Conditional Form LP.
Few artists can make such a wide range of songs fit on the same album, and the 1975 are in their finest form here. In some ways, the 1975 serve as a test for which sounds and styles artists can get away with putting on the same record in 2021, making this LP as much of a journey as it is an album.
Get The 1975 vinyl from Magnolia now.
Big Red Machine – How Long Do You Think It Will Last?
Big Red Machine is a 2000’s indie-rock royalty supergroup, a brainchild between Aaron Dessner of The National and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. While they both established themselves in the mid-2000s to fanbases full of Serious Music People, they’ve spent the last several years making it clear that no one is too popular to make great songs. Both of them contributed to Taylor Swift’s folklore LP, and she returns the favor on How Long Do You Think It Will Last, singing on the excellent “Renegade”.
This record is so full of gems, it’s hard to single any out – BUT, make sure to catch one of our favorites of the year, “Phoenix”. This gorgeous track has hook after hook and features guest appearances by Anais Mitchell and Fleet Foxes.
Whether you are in your kitchen, dining room, patio or garden, these albums playing on your record player will definitely set the mood.