WU LYF’s former frontman Ellery James Roberts returned today with Kerou’s Lament, his eagerly-anticipated solo debut. According to a post on his Tumblr, Kerou’s Lament was “scripted/produced & sang lonesome in London spring time” and features samples of Clams Casino, Daniel Pinchbeck, and Lil B (“all samples used with love & no permission”). Kerou’s Lament is an incredibly anthemic release, and a clear reminder of why so many people were gutted by his departure from WU LYF. Here’s hoping we get a full album.
Ernest Greene, aka Washed Out, shared his new track Don’t Give Up on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 slot yesterday. The dreamy Don’t Give Up follows It All Feels Right as the second single to be shared from his forthcoming new album Paracosm, which is out this August. Paracosm is the follow-up to his much-loved 2011 studio debut Within and Without, and on the back of these two tracks it’s shaping up to be another truly exceptional release.
Nothankyou is a collaborative project between Tom Vek, London’s eclectic one-man band, and Olga Bell, a sultry singer from Brooklyn who is currently part of the Dirty Projector’s lineup and a former Chairlift collaborator. For those of you who were left a little disappointed by his 2011 album, Leisure Seizure, you’ll be happy to know that this is vintage Tom Vek. This is an excellent track, and a very exciting collaboration.
Know Yourself/Oyster is relased on 5 August via Moshi Moshi.
Tiny Little Houses are the bedroom recording’s of Caleb Karvountzis, a Melbourne-based musician. On his Facebook he names Neutral Milk Hotel, The Microphones and Elliott Smith as influences, and that’s what I’m getting off his new single Every Day I Wake, I Find Another Reason Not To.
There is so much to love about this track, from the lo-fi ambient style recording to his gently muffled vocals and exquisite guitar playing.
He achieved this sound by recording the vocals and various instruments on an answering machine. How cool is that?
Stream and download Every Day I Wake, I Find Another Reason Not To for free below.
Or show some love, and purchase the track over on his Bandcamp.
The Everywheres are a garage pop band from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Someone Disappeared is a tune I pulled from their forthcoming self-titled LP that’s set to drop next week through Father/Daughter Records. It’s a laid back psych-pop jam backed by some warm acoustic guitar playing and a relaxed, electric-guitar rhythm. It’s a good way to start a Sunday.
Their self-titled debut is out officially on June 25. Pre-order your copy here.
Nightwater Girlfriend is the catchy new single by Springfield, Missouri-based indie-rock outfit Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. It’s also the lead single from their forthcoming new album, Fly By Wire, which drops September 17 through Polyvinyl Records.
The more I listen to this tune, the more I like it. It’s got a really fun bounce to it, aided by some 90’s style power-pop chords. The groovy Phoenix-esque style breakdown at the 2:09 minute mark is the highlight for me though, and I’m absolutely loving John Robert Cardwell’s R&B tinged vocals as well. All in all, it’s a pretty good tune.
Nicolas Jaar and his Darkside collaborator Dave Harrington have remixed all of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, and the results are incredible. Just listen to their take on Get Lucky, it’s out of this world.
Psychic Twin is the project of Erin Fein. If you don’t follow her on Twitter and/or Instagram, do so right away as she’s awesome fun to follow. Unlock Yr Heart, her latest offering, was premiered on the music-beast that is Pitchfork earlier in the week and they quite rightly gave it a glowing review. By using an array of vocal loops, as well as a beat not too dissimilar to Genesis by Grimes, Psychic Twin has put together a really pretty and melodic pop track that has a really heart-warming and endearing message. It’s just a lovely release to be honest.