In the last week since we got our advanced copy of Coexist, the second and hugely-anticipated new album by London’s The xx, it’s pretty much all I’ve been listening to.
Naturally because of the success and critical acclaim of their self-titled debut, there’s a lot of excitement and expectations for Coexist, and having listened to it roughly seven times or so I can say that those expecations are slowly being met. I say slowly, because you can’t spend three years with an album (their debut) and then fairly compare their new one to it after a handful of spins.
Singles from the album so far include one of the year’s best love songs “Angels”, and its follow-up “Chained”, and if those got you excited for the new album then break out your favourite black turtleneck, throw on some silver jewelry, turn off the lights, and immerse yourself in Coexist below, thanks to NPR, released next week via Young Turks.
If you’ve been following the trajectory of this collaboration since its rumoured conveption, you’ll know that it’s been far too long in coming. Years in fact, but rest your weary hearts because now it’s a real (almost tangible), existing thing.
St. Vincent and Talking Heads frontman David Byrne have been working on Love This Giant amidst their busy schedules for the last couple of years, and the result is an exultant collaboration that has already produced one of the best songs of the year with “Who”, and its equally-as-good successor “Weekend In The Dust”.
The title track leans more in a laid-back synth direction as opposed to some of their fat, jumpy bastards of songs from their LP, and changes in direction like this are welcomed by me at least. Lucky Numbers will be released on October 2nd and you can check out the title track below, and as always, you’re gonna wanna wear the shit outta that replay button.
The Vaccines are getting older, more mature, and louder, and that all makes for a better-sounding second album than their first.
If you’ve been paying attention then you’ll already have a little bit of an idea as to what their new album Come Of Age might sound like, after “No Hope” and “Teenage Icon”. If they left you feeling like you needed more spiky, melodic, attitude-laden music in your life, then you can rejoice at their album streaming in full below.
Come Of Age is released on September 3rd, and you can listen to it below thanks to The Guardian.
It’s been a couple of years since Everything Everything dropped their stellar debut EP Schoolin’ and subsequent debut LP Man Alive, and now the band are ready to infect the shit out of your brains again like one of those dodgy grubs that burrow into your skull when you go swimming in rivers in Thailand.
Their new album Arc won’t see the light of day until January 14th next year, but they have given us the first taste of music from the album in the form of the skittish, electronically-charged rock/scissors/rock “Cough Cough”, like The Futureheads covering Egyptian Hip-Hop.
“Cough Cough” will be released as the first single from the album on October 14th and below you can watch its video and stream its MP3. If you only do nine things today, make sure it’s hitting that play button below repeatedly.
Damon Moon And The Whispering Drifters released the softly resplendent Lungs, Dirt And Dreams earlier this year, which has steadily become one of my favorite releases to revisit every few weeks. Damon Moon and his group of his aptly named drifters (Moon plays with an ever-expanding, ever-changing lineup of performers join him) have a new single out called “Gild The Lily”. With humble beginnings, the song swells into a chorus of chaste voices around Moon, as guitars pine in the background.
It’s a gentle reminder that you still haven’t heard all the evidence to make your best of year end lists. Listen below, but hear and purchase the rest of Lungs, Dirts and Dreams and previous releases on their website.
A month ago he shared his song “Ichiro’s Theme” written about Japanese Baseball player Ichiro Suzuki, but today we have “Teardrop Windows” which will be on the album, whereas “Ichiro’s Theme” won’t be. The album, Former Lives, will be released on October 16th via Barsuk Records.
This shit is fresh! Jorge sent the team this video this morning and I’ve watched it about 107 times already.
Young Cairo (Andrawis George), the son of Egyptian scientists presumably researching infectious indie-pop music, is almost unheard of. But today that should change, with his debut song and video “Ghosts” from his debut album Sing Don’t Sleep.
The video is fantastic and fun, and the song itself is upbeat, jovial, and lots of other cool describey words that I don’t know but the song makes me feel inside when I listen. Don’t sleep on this guy, if the first track is any indication he’s probably got another 11 of these little gems tucked away.
Watch the video below, and download the track here.
On Wednesday I’ll get to fulfill a dream of mine since discovering Bob Dylan’s when I was a kid: I finally get to see him live, and I’m fucking pumped!
I still remember laying on my top bunk back home in Edinburgh watching VH1 Classics and his live video for “Tangled Up In Blue” came on, and I was instantly mesmerised. Since then I’ve been having a musical love affair with the man’s music, and as he’s getting ready to release another album, his 35th in his 50 year career, we can now listen to the first piece of music from it.
“Duquesne Whistle” is fantastic, and lines like “You say I’m a gambler. You say I’m a pimp. But I ain’t neither one” show that his mind is still as sharp and as witty as it was 50 years ago. It’s taken from Tempest, out on September 11th and you can listen to it below!
Daughter write hauntingly-honest songs of realized sadness which land so close to the heart they leave a chilling awe alongside a lingering sadness that is as real and true as art can get, “Smother” does nothing but solidify these already known tangents of their music.
To say that “Smother” invokes feeling would be a tragic understatement, the wave of realism embodied in this rare moment of self-evaluation is omnipotent; this is where goodbye appears inevitable drawing out that duality of love as an emotion vs. love as honest realism magnifying the true differences between what we want and what we truly need, the unfortunate fact that someone we care about falls on the negative side of the pros/cons list concerning our future is devastating yet necessary.
If there’s one thing which keeps me continually impressed by Daughter it would be how true and unwavering their lyrics are with so much lush and captivating creativity floating through the ether, “Smother” is the first time where the juxtaposition of lyric simplicity with intelligent song strength have come face to face as equals, this song may very well be their greatest achievement thus far.