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New releases for the month of May

Allyce Andrew

Fleet Foxes

May marks the release of two highly anticipated new albums by rising indie stars

Save your money indie music lovers because May is a great month for must have new releases.

Fleet Foxes are set to release the “Helplessness Blues” on May 3, their highly anticipated follow up to their self-titled release in 2008. The album uses a blend of traditional and novelty instruments, like tympanis and tibetan sing bowls, that helps to create a beautiful and the most immersive record and yet. Singer songwriter Robin Pecknold almost lost his long-term girlfriend in the process of recording since he was so intensely focused on working on the album until it was, “f**king awesome.”  He achieved his goal and saved his relationship with the finished product (sorry fan girls). “Helplessness Blues” is available for pre-order on their label Sup-Pop’, website for $12.

The rising UK alt-disco-pop trio Friendly Fires are releasing “Pala” on May 24 and can be pre-ordered for $10.25 on Amazon. The sound is poppier than their 2008 self-titled release; the singer, Ed Macfarlane, even compared their latest music to the sounds of ‘N Sync and Backstreet Boys in a BBC interview. After extensive world touring, Friendly Fires have been rapidly rising in the indie scene and, despite their strange musical counterparts, their new album is sure to please.

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