Weird Dreams – The Ladder

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Weird Dreams, the London-based project of Doran Edwards, returns with his first offering of new material since his excellent 2012 debut Choreography. Listen to his brooding new track The Ladder up above.

Edwards spoke about the gap between new music in a press release: “It’s been a long and short four years. Weird Dreams never stopped for me, it just became private. The songwriting was a near constant. There’s more music to share soon, but starting with ‘The Ladder’ now feels right, as it was the first song of real difference, and remained unfinished for a few years while I obsessed over an image that I began to pursue as sound on the last Weird Dreams song before this one (‘House of Secrets’) – the reflections of water on a swimming pool ceiling at night. For reasons that are still unclear, this imagined image of light and water moved me in a desperate time, distracting from what felt like the rest of the world falling away.”

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SALES – Jamz

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After impressing last year with the standalone single Big Sis, Orlando duo SALES are back with a melodic new track titled, Jamz.

The track is lifted off Lauren Morgan and Jordan Shih‘s forthcoming debut LP, which is set to be released later this year.

Francis – Turning A Hand

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Swedish quintet Francis released their latest album Marathon last Friday on Strangers Candy. Speaking about their beautiful new single Turning A Hand, the band had the following to say.

“Every song is basically about children, divorce or love. But there is also a political side of it. We are all affected by the xenophobia that is going on in Europe. The title track, ‘Marathon’, is about red hearts, wanting to fight for something and naively hoping for something better. Hope for future generation’s benevolence to continue to fight for justice and gender equality. And love, simply, or lack thereof, and the frustration that comes with it.”

Watch the Malin Norberg-directed visuals for Turning A Hand below.

Susanna – Burning Sea

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Norwegian singer-songwriter, and composer Susanna will release her next full-length LP Triangle on April 22 through SusannaSonata. This week, she unveiled her engrossing new track, Burning Sea.

Susanna says it is about “the experience of giving in to something, surrender, and feeling trapped at the same time, both wonderful and dangerous. I wrote this song in LA where a lot of the material for the album came to life. I am very fascinated by the sunny, beautiful and urban in combination with the pumping undercurrents of creativity in that city.”

Triangle drops April 22 on SusannaSonata. Pre-order here.

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Deftones – Prayers/Triangles

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Deftones have announced their eagerly-awaited new album Gore, the follow-up to 2012’s Koi No Yokan, will be released on April 8 via Warner Bros.

Speaking about the album’s soaring lead single Prayers/Triangles, Chino Moreno, had this to say – “I feel as if like it’s just one of those songs that’s very Deftones where that dynamic is there as far as the even flow and that dynamic as those parts that go at your throat, you know? But it is also has a soothing quality as well and that dichotomy is what makes us who we are in a way. So I feel it’s a good representation of where we’re are right now and where we have been in the past as well.”

Pre-order Gore here on iTunes.

Holy Ghost! – Crime Cutz

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Holy Ghost!, aka Brooklyn-based duo Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser, return with their eagerly-anticipated Crime Cutz EP on April 29 via DFA Records. The four-track EP follows their 2013 sophomore LP Dynamics and last year’s remix album Work For Hire, a compilation of duos favourite remixes released over the course of the last eight years

This week, Holy Ghost! premiered their excellent new single Crime Cutz on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show. It features the East Coast Inspirational Singers Choir. Watch the colourful visuals below.

Crime Cutz drops on April 29 via DFA. Pre-order here.

Parquet Courts – Dust

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Brooklyn punks Parquet Courts return with their new album Human Performance, the follow-up to 2014’s Sunbathing Animal and last year’s Monastic Living EP, on April 8 through Rough Trade.

“I began to question my humanity, and if it was always as sincere as I thought, or if it was a performance,” singer Andrew Savage says. “I felt like a sort of malfunctioning apparatus … Like a machine programmed to be human showing signs of defect.”

Watch the Johann Rashid-directed video for lead cut Dust below.