Every week on RELEVANT Recommends, we recommend a few new releases worth your time and attention. Here are our favorite things coming out this week.
Maverick City Music: Venga Tu Reino
Maverick City Music is back with their second album of the year, this one a Spanish language album called Venga Tu Reino, which they recorded with Maverick City Musica. Fans of Mav will be pleased, but it’s cool to see the band put their money where their mouths are in terms of expanding the number of voices that tell stories in the Church.
illuminati hotties: Let Me Do One More
Writer and producer Sarah Tudzin is having a lot of fun with her indie power pop act illuminati hotties, which gleefully channels the energy of the holiest terror on every suburban block knocking over her neighbors’ trash cans and cannonballing into their neighbors private pools. But buried beneath the chipper snark are somber takedowns of consumerism and how our human relationships (with each other and ourselves) get poisoned by unfettered capitalism.
Andy Mineo: Never Land 2
Finally. Mineo’s long-delayed sequel to 2014’s Never Land is worth the wait. While the first Never Land embraced the child within, Never Land 2 is more about the desperation to hold on. That makes the whole thing sound much grimmer than it actually is, stuffed full of Mineo’s usual excellence, creative verve and doofy humor. Bring on Never Land 3.
Antoine Fuqua’s remake of this Danish thriller is helped enormously by a riveting performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays a 911 operator having the most stressful morning of his life that might double as your most stressful movie of the year. A routine 911 call goes sideways and Gyllenhaal’s character risks it all to see just how deep this emergency goes in a movie that will keep your nails digging into the your arm rest until the final twist.