Porcelain Raft – Think of the Ocean

Porcelain Raft has just given us the first taste of his forthcoming sophomore album, Permanent Signal, in the form of its opening track Think of the Ocean.

Permanent Signal drops August 20 on Secretly Canadian.

Permanent Signal Tracklist:
01. Think Of The Ocean
02. Cluster
03. Minor Pleasure
04. Open Letter
05. Night Birds
06. It Ain’t Over
07. I Lost Connection
08. Warehouse
09.The Way Out
10. Five Minutes From Now
11. Echo

Lace Curtain – Falling

Lace Curtain is the reasonably new synth-pop project of Australian musicians Mikey Young, Dave West and James Vinciguerra. Their new track Falling, is taken from the groups recently released Falling/Running 12″ which is out now on Mexican Summer. The groups unique blend of disco, krautrock and electronic pop create an atmospheric and intoxicating listen. It becomes more addictive with every listen, and feels a hell of a lot shorter than its running time of seven minutes.

The Falling/Running 12″ was released June 11. Get a copy of it over at Mexican Summer.

Here’s the official video.

Peals – Blue Elvis

Peals is the Baltimore-based project from William Cashion of Future Islands and Bruce Willen of Double Dagger. Their dreamy instrumental, Blue Elvis, is a song I just stumbled upon this morning and have been unable to quit playing since. It’s an absolutely gorgeous track, with the duo each playing the nicest of guitar melodies over a faint drum rhythm. It’s almost like a lullaby, check it out.

The band recently dropped Walking Field, their debut album on May 14 through Thrill Jockey.

Peals – Blue Elvis from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

Ski Lodge – Boy

Ski Lodge, who grabbed my attention back in March with their highly infectious single I Would Die To Be, are back with another simple irresistible new tune called Boy. The Brooklyn-based group, led by frontman Andrew Marr, really know how to lay down a warm and catchy indie-pop tune and Boy is a song made to played over and over. Those jangly guitars sound fantastic, and Marr’s charming vocals are among the finest in indie-pop at the moment. Check them out.

The groups debut album Big Heart is out this summer on Dovecote Records.

Big Heart Tracklist:
01. Anything To Hurt You
02. Boy
03. Looking For A Change
04. Big Heart
05. You Can’t Just Stop Being Cruel
06. Dragging Me To Hell
07. I Always Thought
08. Does It Bring You Down
09. Just To Be Like You
10. Down On This Southern Tip
11. I Can’t Tell

Julianna Barwick – One Half

One Half is Julianna Barwick’s stunning new track, and the first official single to be released off her forthcoming album, Nepenthe. The instrumentals here are simply beautiful, and when the line “I guess I was asleep that night, was waiting for…” begins to loop it will leave you breathless. The album is shaping up to another incredible release.
Nepenthe, refers to the drug of forgetfulness that appears in ancient Greek literature, which was used to erase grief and sorrow, relevant to Barwick’s mood during the making of the album when she sadly experienced a death in her family.

Julianna Barwick will release Nepenthe on August 12 via Dead Oceans.

Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?

Arctic Monkeys debuted the live version of Do I Wanna Know? a couple of weeks ago while on tour in the U.S. Now, they’ve released the official studio version, along with some accompanying visuals. Do I Wanna Know? is more of a slow-builder in comparison to their last single R U Mine? but personally I think it sounds incredible. It’s rumoured their new album will be released this September.

Do I Wanna Know? is available to purchase on iTunes now.

Modern Hut – History

Modern Hut is the new project of Don Giovanni-founder Joe Steinhardt, and History is the first tune to be shared from his soon to be released debut album Generic Treasure. Steinhardt’s dry wit here, along with his clever observations remind me of Stephen Malkmus, and his vocals are also very similar to the Pavement legend. The track probably won’t blow your mind, but it’s decent little folk strummer and it’s worth checking out.

Generic Treasure is out August 3 through Don Giovanni Records.

M.I.A. – Bring The Noize

Bring The Noize is the hard hitting lead single from M.I.A.‘s forthcoming new LP, Matangi, the follow-up to 2010’s /\/\ /\ Y /\. Production comes courtesy of Diplo’s former Major Lazer partner Switch along with Surkin. It doesn’t quite sound like “Paul Simon on acid,” but M.I.A. is on ferocious form here and this track deserves to played loudly and repeatedly. The video will premiere June 21 on Noisey.com.

We can expect Matangi sometime this Autumn via Interscope.

Listen to M.I.A. – Bring The Noize below.

múm – Toothwheels

Icelandic experimental-pop outfit múm will release their new album, Smilewound, this September 17 on Morr Music. Here’s the lead single, Toothwheels.

Tracklisting

  • 1 toothwheels
  • 2 underwater snow
  • 3 when girls collide
  • 4 slow down
  • 5 candlestick
  • 6 one smile
  • 7 eternity is the wait between breaths
  • 8 the colorful stabwound
  • 9 sweet impressions
  • 10 time to scream and shout
  • 11 whistle (with kylie) – bonus track