New Music Monthly: The Daily Texan’s top picks from September

September brought us a wave of exceptional music releases. In this article, I'll take you through a ranking of the most noteworthy albums from the past month. From indie rock to jazz influences, these albums offer a diverse range of styles and emotions that will captivate your senses.

1. Del Water Gap: Indie Rock and Heartfelt Lyrics

Del Water Gap's latest album combines indie rock style with heartfelt lyricism.

Del Water Gap, also known as Holden Jaffe, has once again captured our hearts with his second studio album, 'I Miss You Already + I Haven't Left Yet.' This album stays true to Jaffe's indie rock roots while delving into themes of love and heartbreak. His straightforward lyricism allows listeners to connect on a deeper level, resonating with their own experiences.

With tracks that showcase his relatability and signature style, such as 'I Miss You Already' and 'Haven't Left Yet,' Del Water Gap continues to captivate fans and keep them coming back for more.

2. Briston Maroney: Exploring Hope and Doubt Through Indie-Folk

Briston Maroney's sophomore album 'Ultrapure' takes listeners on a journey through hope and doubt.

Briston Maroney's 'Ultrapure' dives into the complex emotions of hope and doubt with his indie-folk sound. In this album, Maroney beautifully captures the nuances of love and life, reminding us of the uncertainty that comes with these feelings.

Tracks like 'Body' showcase Maroney's introspective and confessional songwriting style. By embracing the finality of life and cherishing every moment, Maroney's music encourages listeners to reflect on their own experiences and find solace in the beauty of life's uncertainties.

3. Slowdive: Evolution of Sound with 'everything is alive'

Slowdive's latest album 'everything is alive' combines their somber style with electronic elements.

Slowdive, the band that has been evolving since the early 90s, presents their fifth studio album, 'everything is alive.' This album showcases Slowdive's experimentation with a modern synth-electronic sound while staying true to their shoegaze and dream pop roots.

With their usual somber and instrument-heavy style, Slowdive incorporates electronic features that add a fresh dimension to their music. 'everything is alive' is a testament to Slowdive's ability to evolve while staying true to their unique sound.

4. Laufey: Jazz-Influenced Melancholy in 'Bewitched'

Laufey's album 'Bewitched' brings jazz influences to the mainstream music scene.

Laufey's 'Bewitched' is a standout album that focuses on heartbreak, self-love, and identity. With her jazz influences, Laufey creates a dramatic and melancholic feel throughout the album.

Collaborating with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Laufey's musicality shines in tracks like 'You Mean Nothing' and 'Love Me Like That.' Her ability to bring jazz into the mainstream music scene sets her apart and offers listeners a refreshing break from the usual pop hits.

5. Mitski: Tackling Hard Topics with Metaphors and Gospel Choir

Mitski's album 'The Land is Inhospitable and So Are We' delves into hard-hitting topics with metaphors and gospel influences.

Mitski's seventh studio album, 'The Land is Inhospitable and So Are We,' confronts difficult topics such as religion and addiction. With metaphors, characterization, and even a gospel choir, Mitski paints a vivid picture of her experiences and emotions.

The album title itself speaks volumes, highlighting the inhospitable nature of both the land and America itself. Mitski's unique storytelling and introspective approach make this album a must-listen for those craving music that goes beyond the surface.

6. Olivia Rodrigo: Powerful Lyrics and Pop Stardom in 'GUTS'

Olivia Rodrigo's album 'GUTS' showcases her powerful lyrics and influence as a pop star.

Following the massive success of her debut album 'SOUR,' Olivia Rodrigo continues to make waves with her sophomore release, 'GUTS.' This album delves into themes of jealousy, love, and heartbreak, showcasing Rodrigo's ability to capture raw emotions.

The combination of compelling lyrics and Rodrigo's influence as a pop star elevates 'GUTS' to new heights. With its relatable and catchy tracks, this album has quickly become a hot topic in the music industry, receiving praise from fans and critics alike.


September was a month filled with exceptional music releases, and these albums certainly left a lasting impact. From Del Water Gap's indie rock style to Mitski's thought-provoking metaphors, each artist brought their unique voice and perspective to the table.

Whether you're seeking heartfelt lyrics, introspective folk melodies, or experimental sounds, there's something for everyone in this collection of notable albums. These releases have solidified their place in the music industry and deserve recognition for their artistry and storytelling.

As we move into October, we can't wait to see what the future holds for the world of music. Stay tuned for more exciting releases and be sure to check out these incredible albums from September.

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