Cults – Offering

Cults, the duo of Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion, will release their forthcoming new album Offering on October 6 via Sinderlyn Records. It marks the band’s first full-length since the release of 2013’s Static.

Cults made their name in black and white. A pair of film school dropouts who burst onto the New York scene with a perfect single and a darkly retro sound, the band’s first two albums play like noirish documentaries on a lost girl group. Four years after Static, Cults returns with Offering, an exciting collection of songs bursting with heart, confidence, shimmering melody and buzzing life. The time off has given the band new energy and new ideas–Cults are working in Technicolor now.

The core duo remains the same. Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion, both 28, still live in New York. They still finish each other’s thoughts and still share a love of catchy music and black humor (this is a band that sampled cult leader Jim Jones on their first hit). But the pair have put some blood on the tracks since their breakout debut: they’ve toured the world, built a devoted audience, survived a breakup, grown up in green rooms, parted ways with their old label and made a home of their new one.

After the whirlwind of Static died down, Follin and Oblivion made a conscious decision to shift gears: “I feel like we stepped into a tour van when we were 21, and basically didn’t get out of it for the next few years,” Oblivion says. “We wanted to give ourselves some space to have normal lives, and wait until there was something new to say.”

“It was exciting, because writing stopped feeling like a homework assignment. I was able to sit down and do it only when I wanted to,” says Follin. “These songs are less art projects, less thinking ‘this is a heartbreak song, what would Lesley Gore do?’ and more reflective of things that have happened in our own lives.”

Video: Rhye – Please

Rhye make their return with a brand new single and music video entitled Please. The single is available now on iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music via Loma Vista Recordings, along with a second nostalgic new anthem, entitled Summer Days.

This marks the group’s first new music in four years and follows their critically-acclaimed 2013 debut, Woman. Merging a natural beat and muted piano, the track builds into a climactic lyrical plea that’s both entrancing and explosive. Meanwhile, the clip brings the seductive side of Rhye to life in black-and-white via vivid visuals.

About the song, frontman Milosh comments, “Because we play live so much, we’ve built this show that’s somewhat different from Woman. It’s a little more psychedelic. I wanted to bring that to the second record. I really wanted to incorporate much more soulful and earthy colors. It had to be all live percussion and piano. The human intimacy had to come through the actual instrumentation on this record. ‘Please’ is the stepping stone to where we’re headed.”

Japanese Breakfast – Road Head

Japanese Breakfast has shared a music video for Road Head, the latest single from her upcoming new album, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, due out July 14 on Dead Oceans.

Of the self-directed video, Michelle Zauner says: “‘Road Head’ is the fifth music video Adam Kolodny and I have collaborated on. For this one we wanted to focus on staging and an exaggerated color palette. We were inspired by Fallen Angels and Twin Peaks.”

The follow up to Japanese Breakfast’s critically acclaimed debut Psychopomp, is a work of self-reflection that looks out at the cosmos in search of healing, finding inspiration in science fiction, outer space, and the Mars One Project. The album is available for pre-order now and due out July 14 on Dead Oceans.