Paris-based 18 year old Dream Koala recently made a few waves by playing the London Boiler Room with Flume, and he’s now dropped a new tune called ‘Ocean’. It’s a dreamy and melodic track with some really hypnotic vocal arrangements. Very promising stuff. Stream and download below.
FI/SHE/S are a Paris-based indie pop outfit with a really, really catchy new tune out called ‘A Drive To The Psychos’ that sounds like Grizzly Bear teamed up with Empire Of The Sun to create something really different. Everything bar the kitchen sink is in this one. Check it out.
Baltimore-based sextet Secret Mountains‘ Jeffrey Lewis Silverstein kindly sent me his bands latest offering ”High Horse’ to see what I made of it. Little did he know I had their previous track ‘Coasting’ playing on repeat all last week so when he got in touch with me I was pretty excited. The band will drop their debut album Rainer via Friends Records on February 26, and if the rest of the album is anywhere near the standard of ‘Coasting’ and in particular the stunning ‘High Horse’ then we’re in for a real treat. Clocking in at just under five minutes, ‘High Horse’ is a beautifully written track with some of the most gorgeous vocals I’ve heard in quite a while courtesy of Kelly Laughlin. The riff running throughout the track, which they struggled finding the best way to record, sounds awesome too. Make sure you check this one out.
New York-based electronic pop duo MS MR drop their eagerly awaited debut album Second Hand Rapture this May. ‘Fantasy’ is the album’s second single, and it’s an absolute rush of infectious melodies, pounding anthemic drums and vocals that demand your attention.
Second Hand Rapture drops May 14 on Columbia Records.
Here’s the new single from London newcomer Syron. This kind of stuff wouldn’t usually be my thing but this is just a really catchy pop track. Check it out.
Thao Nguyen’s indie-pop outfit Thao & The Get Down Stay Down release We The Common on February 5. The track that everybody is most excited about, ‘Kindness Be Conceived’, is finally available to stream. The song features guest vocals from the heavenly Joanna Newsom, and boy does she sound as good as ever. I don’t think there was ever any real doubt as to whether the song would be great, but it exceeded my enormous expectations and both Nguyen and Newsom’s harmonies sound just perfect together on this really sunny and uplifting folk-pop song.
Iceage have unveiled the video for their new track ‘Ecstasy’. It’s a pretty chaotic track/video featuring some fighting dogs, drinking and fires, you know the usual. The track will open their upcoming new album You’re Nothing, which drops February 18 on Matador Records.
Boddika & Joy Orbison have dropped a pretty dark and bass-heavy new cut called ‘&Fate’, which is taken from the duo’s upcoming collaborative LP Think and Change. Just like they did on past collaborations, the pair’s individual styles work perfectly together with Joy O’s trademark atmospheric build-up blending perfectly into Boddika’s dark techno beats.
Check out Dirty Projectors excellent cover of Usher’s recent hit Climax.
The Knife have revealed the tracklist for their upcoming new LP Shaking The Habitual, due April 8. The album is going to run for around 100 minutes, so I’m guessing it’s a double/triple album. I. Cannot. Wait.
Shaking the Habitual:
01 A Tooth for an Eye 6:04
02 Full of Fire 9:17
03 A Cherry on Top 8:43
04 Without You My Life Would Be Boring 5:14
05 Wrap Your Arms Around Me 4:36
06 Crake 0:55
07 Old Dreams Waiting to Be Realized 19:22
08 Raging Lung 9:58
09 Networking 6:42
10 Oryx 0:37
11 Stay Out Here 10:42
12 Fracking Fluid Injection 9:54
13 Ready to Lose 4:36