Haim - Days Are Gone
Listen to if you want: More retro-tinged pop, less rap
Say what you want about Drake, but "Hold On, We're Going Home" is a pop masterpiece. It's well written, produced, and polished to a radio-friendly shine. But if you heard this and got excited for more pop anthems to blast while you're riding around with your loved one (or ex-loved one), you might be left disappointed. Thankfully, the trio of sisters known as Haim specialize in pop with a touch of retro, and they do it superbly on their debut album, Days Are Gone. It's produced and mastered skillfully and with modern muscle, but the live instrumentation and emphasis on melody gives it a timeless feel.
The album officially drops September 30. It's been a long time in the making, but it's worth the wait. Listen to the whole thing here.