Adele, Summer Thieves + more, our favourite records of the week
19.11.2021

Adele, Summer Thieves + more, our favourite records of the week

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Words by Eli Duxson

From moving ballads to psych-rock, this week's album drops have you covered!

This week Adele returned with her highly-anticipated 30, Traffik Island brings the fun with the home-recorded Shrug of the Shoulders, and Summer Thieves’ sophomore album provides those Sunday sessions vibes with Paradise Down the Road.

This week’s top picks:

  • Adele – 30
  • Traffik Island – Shrug of the Shoulders
  • Summer Thieves – Paradise Down the Road.

Read all the latest music news here.

Adele – 30

Adele is back! Six years after dropping 25 in 2015 she has returned with her new 12-track album 30. Following the immensely successful release of the lead single ‘Easy on Me’, the anticipation grew and Adele has delivered again with this record.

The British ballad Queen tackles her feelings about her recent divorce, while also being full of positivity with her trademark vivacious and magnificently sung tunes.

Check out ‘Easy on Me’ below, or download her new record here.

Traffik Island – Shrug of the Shoulders

Zak Olsen recorded Shrug of the Shoulders with housemate and bandmate Jesse Williams in their Preston home to produce a smattering of tracks covering hazy psychedelia, sardonic cabaret, baroque, and back again.

Olsen said he wanted to play with the band again having forgotten about that on the last record because “the fun is to play with other people, and all the looseness that comes with that”.

“A lot of the songs we learned that day, played it five times or so, and would often keep the take we got to the end on – real no frills,” he said. 

Check out ‘You Do, Don’t You’ off the new album below, or download the record here.

Summer Thieves – Paradise Down the Road

New Zealand-based indie rock and pop outfit Summer Thieves have backed up their successful debut album with Paradise Down the Road, almost a retrospective reflection on the pandemic having been written and recorded across multiple lockdowns and quiet periods.

Showing two different sides to the lockdown with one being deep and contemplative when writing during lockdown, and the other more hopeful and celebratory when writing in between lockdowns.

The band have tied together various elements of indie, rock, pop, reggae, blues, and hip hop to produce a wonderfully eclectic 10-song record.

Check out one of the biggest hits off their last album below, or download their new album here.