On the back of Varsity, 3am Spiritual and now Idol, the Smith Westerns’ forthcoming new LP, Soft Will is shaping up to be their best album to date. Idol is another very pretty and very infectious release by the Chicago outfit. It’s not easy following an album as good as Dye It Blonde, but Cullen Omori and co. are doing it with ease.
Sitting somewhere comfortably in between Shoegaze and Dream Pop is I’m To Blame, the exceptionally pretty debut single by Los Angeles’ duo BoardWalk, aka Mike Edge and Amber Quintero. They started recording music last summer and have recently signed with Stones Throw Records. BoardWalk have a warm and mellow sound that will no doubt draw comparisons to the likes of Beach House, and fans of that band will absolutely love I’m To Blame. Take a listen to it below.
ScHoolboy Q has dropped a brand new track from his forthcoming major label debut Oxymoran. Collard Greens features fellow Black Hippy member Kendrick Lamar and it’s one hell of a tune. Oxymoran is going to be huge!
Johnny Jewel has made the recent Italians Do It Better compilation, After Dark 2 available for free download. I recently bought a copy and I can honestly say it’s one of the best records of the year. Make sure you check this one out.
After Dark II:
01 Glass Candy – “Warm in the Winter”
02 Desire – “Tears From Heaven”
03 Mirage – “Let’s Kiss”
04 Appaloosa – “Fill the Blanks”
05 Chromatics – “Looking for Love”
06 Symmetry – “Heart of Darkness”
07 Chromatics – “Camera”
08 Twisted Wires – “Half Lives”
09 Glass Candy – “The Possessed”
10 Chromatics – “Cherry”
11 Glass Candy – “Beautiful Object”
12 Farah – “Into Eternity”
13 Appaloosa – “Intimate”
14 Mike Simonetti – “The Magician”
15 Glass Candy – “Redheads Feel More Pain”
Ernest Greene will follow-up his exquisite 2011 debut LP, Within and Without later this year with his highly anticipated sophomore effort Paracosm. Today marks the official return of Washed Out, as Greene shared his simply gorgeous new single, It All Feels Right. One listen to this track, and any doubts you had about whether his next album would be as good as his last will disappear. This is Washed Out at his very best. It All Feels Right, for me, is this years Feels Like We Always Go Backwards. Good to have you back Ernest.
Paracosm will be released on August 12 via Sub Pop.
02. It All Feels Right
03. Don’t Give Up
05. All I Know
06. Great Escape
08. Falling Back
09. All Over Now
2013 marks twenty years since the Wu-Tang Clan dropped their debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). To celebrate this the group have given us a preview of their upcoming new album, A Better Tomorrow, with a brand new track called Family Reunion. Shout out to the RZA for this.
It’s been almost three years since the enigmatic Forest Swords last released new material, but producer Matthew Barnes made his return this week with a dark and eerie number entitled Thor’s Stone. Thor’s Stone boasts some ancient, almost far eastern style soundscapes as well as a synth-line that seems to be some sort of a variation of a broken trumpet. It sounds kind of mental I know, but it works, and the results are surprisingly beautiful. The last two minutes are particularly good.
Scion celebrates its 10-year anniversary by releasing Scion 10, a free compilation featuring previously unreleased tracks by the likes of Poolside, Harry Fraud and Chromatics. Below you can download Red Car, a song Chromatics chose to leave off their exquisite 2012 debut Kill For Love. The fact the group chose to leave this track off their album only shows how strong their back catalog is.
Stream the song below, and download the rest of the compilation here.
Nine Inch Nails return with Came Back Haunted, the lead single from their upcoming new album Hesitation Marks, which will be release on September 3. It’s been five years since NIN released their last album, The Slip, in 2008. Trent Reznor announced the following year that the band would be going away for a long while following a “farewell” tour. He then formed How to destroy angels_ with his wife Mariqueen Maandig, Atticus Ross and Rob Sheridan, and together they released two very solid EPs and an excellent album, entitled Welcome Oblivion.
Anyway, NIN are back. Take a listen to Came Back Haunted below.
Below is a playlist Trent Reznor created on Soundcloud featuring every NIN single since 1989.