Friday 6th September

| BY Paul Toner

It’s Officially #SadGirlAutumn – These are Five Albums to Get You Through It

When we asked the queen behind the rose-tinted lens Petra Collins to what her best advice would be to having a #HotGirlSummer, she simply replied: “just don’t hate yourself, that’s hot girl summer.” With emerging female rap superstar Megan Thee Stallion leading the way, each and every corner of Twitter was brimming with self-acceptance, self-love and confidence – sounding off Summer 2k19 with a whole mood of unapologetically being yourself. Though nothing good truly lasts forever. With the very first night of September already behind us and another school year hitting hard, Twitter is slowly but surely becoming swamped with the doom and gloom that comes with the cold weather. So, sit back, relax and wrap yourself in a 13.5 tog duvet: it’s set to be a long, sad girl autumn. Here are the albums that are here to get you through it:

Norman F*cking Rockwell! by Lana Del Rey

When the clock struck 12am on Friday August 30th – #HotGirlSummer was officially found dead, and not just according to the calendar. Queen of nostalgic pop Lana Del Rey buried it six feet under with the release of her fifth studio album Norman Fucking Rockwell! Totalling in at over 60 minutes long – the record is led by piano ballad as it tells of lust for old lovers and and the fallen America she once idolised that is crumbling in front of her. Can anyone truly have a hot girl summer when the ever-present fear of Trump being in the office lingers potently in the air? These 14 tracks are perfect for getting all in your feelings. It’s what Lana does best, she is a cancer after all.


Forevher by Shura

Shura’s sophomore record Forevher compiles a collection of synth-driven, airy love songs – all tamed with a quiet sensuality that’s perfect for the internet generation. Tracks like Side Effects and Flyin’ are shy bedroom anthems, the latter trailing off the worries of texting that certain someone too much – we’ve all been there. Whilst more dancy numbers Religion (you can lay your hands on me) and the tremendous The Stage could easily soundtrack a prom scene in any 1980s coming-of-age flick. Now it’s time to get Shura in some massive shoulder pads and a platinum blonde perm.


Keepsake by Hatchie

Dream pop has well and truly found its new reigning princess. Reverbed guitar riffs are drenched in hazy sun-kissed vocals as Brisbane-born Harriette Pilbeam aka Hatchie takes her first footsteps on the world stage. On Keepsake, the 26-year-old drives through 45 minutes of hazy emotional bangers puckered with intimate lyricism that often take even the most exhilarating tunes on gloomy detours. With such lyrics as “I feel nothing, I feel numb” and “ten years later nothing has changed, I’m not ready to say goodbye again,” remaining the most poinent on the record – Hatchie doesn’t shy away from keeping her heart on her sleeve as one of pop’s most promising new stars.


Ain’t Together EP by King Princess

She may be a Rodarte campaign girl now, but King Princess’ OG stan lies within the four walls of Ten Towers. Our online editor Dino has been unashamedly fangirling over the 20-year-old for quite sometime now. And no wonder why. Her queer love songs are soft, dance alone in your room type of tunes, twinged with a witty lyricism that gives her a leg up against her contemporaries. Whilst her debut album Cheap Queen isn’t set for release till October 25th, an EP of four of its leading singles is available to stream now. Trust us, they’ll give you life.


Some Place Else EP by MorMor

MorMor is Toronto’s latest export grappling universal recognition merely two years into his career. Yet whilst Drake can often rely on bass-heavy production and super-star features to propel his latest releases across the globe – MorMor is taking things down a quieter route. With most tracks following a minimal instrumental beat, MorMor’s balmy vocals are the centerpiece to the six etherial tracks on the Some Place Else. Stand out track Outside alone is enough reason to give this EP a whirl – it hasn’t been off our monthly playlist since its release in March. Does this technically count as an addiction?