this week’s this is our jam post was a real struggle — not because we couldn’t find music to share, but rather because of the treasure trove we discovered in empires‘ new album, orphan, released last week. simply put, this album is too fucking good to pick a favorite. packed with soaring anthems that make you want to ride a motorcycle too fast through east los angeles (we’ve never driven one but damn it, do we want to now), lead singer sean van vleet’s low, powerful voice haunts you throughout.
though the first single, “how good does it feel,” might rank as our favorite on the orphan album, then again there’s “please don’t tell my lover,” “stay lonely,” “silverfire,” plus all the remaining tracks, and we just really can’t bear that kind of pressure. take a listen below, but make sure you check out empires’ whole orphan album to enjoy its dark beauty in its entirety.