TR/ST – Bicep

TR/ST, the project of Toronto-based artist Robert Alfons, returns this week with a new single titled Bicep. The track will be part of a release due out early 2018.

When talking about the track TR/ST says, “This song and much of the album was written in isolation in a farmhouse in rural Canada. It’s about the journey of a figure — essentially a narcissist — fighting with ideas of impurity and worthlessness. It’s about the struggle between accepting and resisting shame, as well as an expression of sexual fantasies.”

His 2012 Juno-nominated debut album TRST, and follow up album Joyland, is out now on Arts & Crafts.

Nine Inch Nails – LESS THAN

Nine Inch Nails’ new EP, ADD VIOLENCE, will be released on July 21. The five-song collection is the second in a series of three related EPs. The first, Not The Actual Events, was released in December of 2016.

ADD VIOLENCE finds the band (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross) becoming more accessible and impenetrable at the same time. The sonic palette expands significantly from Not The Actual Events, incorporating elements of beauty into the dark dissonance. The narrative arc linking the three records begins to emerge through the disassociated lyrics and the provocative and clue-filled cover artwork and accompanying physical component, available exclusively through the NIN.com store.

LESS THAN, the first single from ADD VIOLENCE, was released today. Fans can pre-order ADD VIOLENCE in hi-res digital format now at NIN.com and instantly receive a download of LESS THAN. All digital pre-orders from NIN.com include a limited edition physical component.

Video: Alvvays – In Undertow

Alvvays will release their eagerly-awaited sophomore full-length, Antisocialites, on September 8 via Polyvinyl Records.

The album is the much-anticipated follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2014 self-titled debut album. Today, they’ve released the video for the first single In Undertow. Analog visual feedback and moon-man cameos fill the video singer Molly Rankin describes as “aquacosmic psych meets public access TV.” Rankin says, “I’m aware of my own drowning fixation and fascinated by that bizarre lunar-tidal relationship. We’ve already filled our water video quota. Space is a trippier ocean.”

Across its 10 tracks and 33 minutes the Toronto-based group dive back into the deep-end of reckless romance and altered dates. Ice cream truck jangle collides with prismatic noise pop while Molly Rankin’s wit is refracted through crystalline surf counterpoint. Through thoughtful consideration in basement and abroad, Alvvays has renewed its Scot-pop vows with a powerful new collection of manic emotional collage.

Antisocialites is out September 8 on Polyvinyl. Pre-order here.

Video: American Football – Home Is Where The Haunt Is

American Football have shared the music video for Home Is Where The Haunt Is, from their new album American Football, out now on Wichita Recordings.

The video was directed by Erin Elders, who shares that it “follows three sets of characters whose youthful passions have dulled over time, becoming just a shade of a person.” She adds that she was especially struck by how the song “explores our complex relationships with the past, the ways in which our younger selves evolve along with us, becoming ingrained in who we are. My hope is to explore both the heartbreak and beauty of watching the reality of our dreams unfolding.”

American Football is available now on Polyvinyl and Wichita. Get it here.