I’ve been listening to The Smiths, Voxtrot and Belle and Sebastian a lot lately, so when I came across this new song by Californian indie-pop outfit Army Navy I warmed to it instantly.
The bands new single, Pickle, is a very inviting slice of catchy indie-pop that I’m really enjoying on this otherwise cold and dull Monday afternoon. This is the first offering from Army Navy’s forthcoming new album, The Fever Zone, which is out later this year.
The National will release Trouble Will Find Me, the eagerly awaited follow-up to their outstanding 2010 LP High Violet, next month and earlier today they shared a brand new song from the album called Demons. Demons, I guess is a straightforward enough track by The National. Lyrically, it’s a deep and thought-provoking release by the ever-dependable New Yorkers, that shouldn’t upset lovers of their previous albums. The lyrics here are quite sullen at times, with Matt Berninger in particularly dismal form, yet the instrumentation as per usual sounds excellent. The album should be another quality release.
The song comes accompanied by footage of an artist drawing the Trouble Will Find Me artwork in chalk. Check it out.
Longitude has the best line-up of any Irish festival this year, by far, and they’ve just added some more awesome acts this morning.
The Maccabees, Laura Mvula, Wolf Alice, Gold Panda, Dutch Uncles, Matt Corby, Marcus Foster, King Krule, Japandroids, Hudson Taylor, East India Youth, London Grammar, Drenge, Tribes, Milo Greene, Funeral Suits, Leaders of Men, White Collar Boy, Ofei, Le Galaxie, Kool Thing, Blue Hawaii and SOAK.
I’m personally very excited to finally get to see Gold Panda, Japandroids and King Krule. There’s also some very promising new bands on that list like Wolf Alice, London Grammar and Laura Mvula.
Longitude takes place Friday 19th to Sunday 21st of July in Marlay Park. Grab yourself a ticket here.
Lavish Hush, the latest offering from Nomadic Firs, is perhaps a more suitable number to fit in with the cracking weather we’re getting today. If you’ve never heard of Nomadic Firs before, it’s the solo project of Tennessee-based musician Ryan Boos.
Lavish Hush is a really infectious little number, that becomes more and more uplifting the more times you listen to it. It’s the perfect type of song to bop your head along to while the sun is shining, which is a rare scenario is the middle of Ireland. I’m gonna lap this track up while I can, you should too. Stream and download the track below.
Dirty Beaches is following up his 2011 album Badlands with the double LP, Drifters/Love Is The Devil, next month. Alex Zhang Hungtai shared the first track from it back in January, a heart-wrenching instrumental called Love Is The Devil, and yesterday another instrumental entitled Landscapes In The Mist surfaced and it turns out it’s the closing number on Drifters. Landscapes In The Mist is a little eerie in comparison to Love Is The Devil. It’s another stark affair, with only a lone saxophone playing over some haunting soundscapes. It’s another track in which Hungtai lets us delve further into his current morose state of mind.
Drifters/Love Is The Devil is out May 21 through Zoo Music.
The tracklist for the double album is as follows:
1. Night Walk
2. I Dream in Neon
4. Casino Lisboa
6. Au Revoir Mon Visage
7. Mirage Hall
8. Landscapes in the Mist
Love Is the Devil
9. Greyhound at Night
10. This Is Not My City
12. Love Is the Devil
13. Alone at the Danube River
14. I Don’t Know How to Find My Way Back to You
15. Like The Ocean We Part
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs were on the Letterman Show last night to perform Sacrilege, the lead single from their forthcoming new LP Mosquito. Karen O, Nick Zinner and Brian Chase brought along with them gospel ensemble Broadway Inspirational Voices and turned in a fantastic performance.
You can watch the official video for Sacrilegehere.
Austin, Texas-based outfit Boy + Kite provide us with an excellent throwback to early 90s rock with their glorious new single, Our July. This tune instantly makes me think of bands like My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and it’s absolutely brilliant number.
I guess a collaboration happening between these two artists was only a matter of time. One of the hottest producers in Hip-Hop at the moment, Harry Fraud, teams up with one of the dopest new MCs in Rap at the moment, Joey Bada$$, for a new track called Day In The Life. On the track, Joey lays down some hard-hitting bars over a somber, jazz-influenced instrumentation by Harry Fraud. Dig in.
It’s the opening track from the upcoming New York Renaissance mixtape, which should be available for download later today.
Wave is the uplifting and euphoric new track by Crystal Fighters, and it’s the perfect way to start the weekend. The track is taken from their forthcoming new album, Cave Rave, due May 27 on Zirkulo/PIAS.
Cave Rave tracklisting:
2. LA Calling
3. You & I
5. No Man
6. Bridge Of Bones
7. Love Natural
8. Are We One
9. These Nights