Johnny Jewel – Television Snow

Johnny Jewel recently announced his forthcoming new album Windswept will be released on May 10 via his Italians Do It Better label.

As revealed by Alexis Rivera of Echo Park Record, the 14-track effort is out this month on Italians Do It Better. It features music Jewel wrote for the upcoming Twin Peaks revival, as well as new tunes from Chromatics and Desire. The album also features collaborations with Glass Candy, Heaven, and Symmetry.

Chromatics were slated to release a new full-length album, titled Dear Tommy, in 2015. Despite several songs from the album being released, the album was unfortunately never fully released. Jewel’s manager, Alexis Rivera, revealed yesterday in a series of tweets that Jewel had a near-death experience in Hawaii on Christmas Day 2015 and afterwards he destroyed all copies of Dear Tommy in order to re-record it to better capture the sound he was going for.

Windswept is out May 10 on Italians Do It Better.

Big Thief – Shark Smile

Brooklyn’s Big Thief share Shark Smile, the newest song drawn from their forthcoming album Capacity, due to be released on June 9 on Saddle Creek.

Matt Wilkinson premiered the song over the weekend on his Beats 1 show, and now it’s available for all to hear. Asked to give some context to the song, singer and songwriter Adrianne Lenker said, “‘Shark Smile’ is the story of a car accident in which one dies and one lives. She recalls her lover leading up to the moment of the wreck, wishing she’d been taken into the next realm too.”

Big Thief return next month with their highly anticipated second album, Capacity. The trails that the band takes us down on Capacity are overgrown with a wilderness of souls. These are carnivorous stories, with pangs of sadness and joy. Singer and guitarist Adrianne Lenker shows us the gentle side of being ripped open, and then recounts the second act of pulling oneself back together to prepare for it all to happen again.

“There is a darker darkness and a lighter light on this album,” reveals Lenker. “The songs search for a deeper level of self-acceptance, to embrace the world within and without. I think Masterpiece began that process, as a first reaction from inside the pain, and Capacity continues that examination with a wider perspective.”

Capacity is out June 9 on Saddle Creek. Pre-order here.

Lab Coast – As Usual

Calgary, Alberta-based Lab Coast have shared their new single As Usual, due to be released on May 12 via Faux Discx.

The single is taken from their first official UK release; a self-titled collection of songs cherry-picked from the band’s extensive back catalogue by Faux Discx overseer Dan Reeves and the band themselves, compiled in to one succinct album. It acts as an introduction to a highly prolific band and a showcase for their highly refined ability to consistently knock clever, catchy pop songs out of the park.

Since 2008, Lab Coast has been delivering hazy bursts of hook-laden guitar pop via a string of critically acclaimed, award-winning albums, EPs, and singles. From their basement studio in Calgary, Alberta, the song writing team of singer David Laing & multi-instrumentalist Chris Dadge (Chad VanGaalen, Bug Incision, Samantha Savage Smith) carve out detailed analogue productions; these recordings draw from the wealth of instruments that friends leave at the Lab Coast practice space, and the ever-evolving recording techniques that they’ve been honing since day one.

Their home-brewed recordings sit in the tradition of DIY-recorders such as Strapping Fieldhands, early Guided By Voices, and R. Stevie Moore, while the songs themselves recall the likes of Teenage Fanclub, Tom Petty, and The La’s. Onstage, these richly textured pieces are ably brought to life by Sammie Smith (aka Samantha Savage Smith), Henry Hsieh (Cold Water, Crack Cloud), and Darrell Hartsook (Prenup, Sissys).

Johnny Jewel – Windswept

Johnny Jewel has announced his forthcoming new album Windswept will be released on May 10 via his Italians Do It Better label.

As revealed by Alexis Rivera of Echo Park Record, the 14-track effort is out this month on Italians Do It Better. It features music Jewel wrote for the upcoming Twin Peaks revival, as well as new tunes from Chromatics and Desire. The album also features collaborations with Glass Candy, Heaven, and Symmetry.

Chromatics were slated to release a new full-length album, titled Dear Tommy, in 2015. Despite several songs from the album being released, the album was unfortunately never fully released. Jewel’s manager, Alexis Rivera, revealed yesterday in a series of tweets that Jewel had a near-death experience in Hawaii on Christmas Day 2015 and afterwards he destroyed all copies of Dear Tommy in order to re-record it to better capture the sound he was going for.

Windswept is out May 10 on Italians Do It Better. Download the title track here.

LCD Soundsystem – Call The Police | American Dream

LCD Soundsystem return with two new songs, titled Call The Police and American Dream, the first to be released ahead of their upcoming reunion album.

“We’re releasing two songs tonight at midnight (and I mean, literally, midnight. Wherever you are. So, like, Australia first, and so on and so forth) via the digital things that people use now on their devices,” wrote James Murphy on Facebook. “These songs are named ‘Call The Police’ and ‘American Dream’. We played them both at Brooklyn steel. They’re new.”

The band’s last studio album came as This Is Happening back in 2010, though a live album from the group’s farewell show at Madison Square Garden (called The Long Goodbye) was released in 2014.

LCD Soundsystem plays SNL this Saturday.

Japanese Breakfast – Machinist

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

The follow up to Japanese Breakfast’s critically acclaimed debut 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. This influence is most apparent in the video for Machinist, Michelle Zauner’s fourth music video collaboration with House of Nod’s Adam Kolodny.

Video director, Zauner says “the song is a sci-fi narrative about a woman who falls in love with a robot. In the video she hallucinates on rocket fuel and tears apart her spaceship in an attempt to build a body for her robot lover,” while director of photography, Adam Kolodny, says they “were inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, 2046, and The Fifth Element.”

“The title Soft Sounds From Another Planet alludes to the promise of something that may or may not be there. Like a hope in something more. The songs are about human resilience and the strength it takes to claw out of the darkest of spaces.”

Soft Sounds From Another Planet is out July 14 on Dead Oceans. Pre-order here.

CYMBALS – Decay

CYMBALS, the London-based duo of Jack Cleverly and Dan Simons, return with a newfound strength after a series of personal challenges on their second album, Light In Your Mind, out August 25 on Tough Love Records. It’s their first new material in two years, and the follow-up to the acclaimed debut LP The Age of Fracture.

Earlier today, the duo shared lead single Decay, a song about getting comfortable with the decay that exists throughout life, and finding new beginnings within the destruction. Jack Cleverly, one half of the songwriting duo, explains:

“At the time I wrote this, everything was changing in my life, and I was changing inside, and I started to look at the slow process of decay that is part of life. I was reading ‘The Enigma of Arrival’ by VS Naipaul, which talks about the decay of an english estate, on which the writer lives. The estate used to have 16 gardeners, now it has one, part-time. Naipaul describes the growth of ivy on the estate, that the reclusive landlord (the last member of his family), encourages, even though it pulls down walls and old trees, changing the landscape of the estate gradually, and letting it drift into a picturesque form of ruin. At one point he compares the landscape to his hometown in Trinidad, to the makeshift corrugated roofs there, and draws a parallel with the way he too sees beauty in a landscape that is slowly falling apart.”

Light In Your Mind is out August 25 on Tough Love Records. Pre-order here.