St. Vincent announces new album ‘Daddy’s Home’ and shares new single

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Annie Clark aka St. Vincent has announced her 7th studio album titled Daddy’s Home, set to be released on May 14th via Loma Vista. This follows on from earlier in the week when Clark teased the announcement with posters on streets around the world along with a hotline that if rung confirmed the album. She has also shared a new single “Pay Your Way In Pain” along with an accompanying music video.

According to a press release, St. Vincent began writing some Daddy’s Home songs in winter 2019, which is around the time that her father was released from prison after being incarcerated for nine years. In a new interview with Laura Snapes for The Guardian, it’s revealed that the album’s title track was inspired by St. Vincent taking her father home from prison.

This follows on from MASSEDUCATION released in 2017 and the stripped back piano version that Clark released in 2018 MassEducation.

Tracklist:

01 Pay Your Way in Pain
02 Down and Out Downtown
03 Daddy’s Home
04 Live in the Dream
05 The Melting of the Sun
06 The Laughing Man
07 Down
08 Somebody Like Me
09 My Baby Wants a Baby
10 …At the Holiday Party
11 Candy Darling

Maple Glider shares new single “Good Thing”, signs to Partisan Records

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Naarm/Melbourne-based singer-songwriter, Maple Glider, has announced her joining the Partisan Records roster (Laura Marling, Fela Kuti, IDLES, Fontaines D.C.) in partnership with the Australian label, Pieater. In celebration of this news, Maple Glider (A.K.A. Tori Ziestch) has shared a new single and video for “Good Thing” – a song born of that frozen and fretful time just before you’re going to hurt someone you have loved by leaving them.

Ziestch explains: “I wrote this song out of a place of defeat. I was really heartbroken at this point, and very confused. I like the feeling of my independence and I think I was afraid of putting energy into the wrong people. Sometimes we make decisions out of fear and sometimes it’s because we know that it is the best decision to make. Those lines can get very blurry.”

The accompanying video was made with creative collaborator and housemate Bridgette Winten in the 5km radius around their Brunswick, Melbourne home (a limit due to Covid lockdown measures). Working with colour and contrast, and shot on Super 8, Maple Glider sweetly plays off her surroundings, whether it’s lush creek-beds or stark industrial wastelands.

Japanese Breakfast announces new album ‘Jubilee’, shares new single

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Michelle Zauner aka Japanese Breakfast has announced her third album Jubilee, set to be released on June 4th via Dead Oceans. She has also shared new single “Be Sweet” along with an accompanying self-directed music video. Pre-order here.

Jubilee finds Michelle Zauner embracing ambition and, with it, her boldest ideas and songs yet. Inspired by records like Bjork’s Homogenic, Zauner delivers bigness throughout – big ideas, big textures, colors, sounds and feelings. At a time when virtually everything feels extreme, Jubilee sets its sights on maximal joy, imagination, and exhilaration. It is, in Michelle Zauner’s words, “a record about fighting to feel. I wanted to re-experience the pure, unadulterated joy of creation… The songs are about recalling the optimism of youth and applying it to adulthood. They’re about making difficult choices, fighting ignominious impulses and honoring commitments, confronting the constant struggle we have with ourselves to be better people.”

Throughout Jubilee, Zauner pours her own life into the universe of each song to tell real stories, and allowing those universes, in turn, to fill in the details. Joy, change, evolution — these things take real time, and real effort. And Japanese Breakfast is here for it.

Watch the new video below.

Wolf Alice announce new album ‘Blue Weekend’, release new single

Wolf Alice have today announced their 3rd album Blue Weekend, which is set to be released on June 11th via Dirty Hit. This follows on from 2017’s Visions Of A Life which won the Mercury Prize in 2018. The group have also shared new single “The Last Man On Earth” from the upcoming album along with an accompanying music video directed by Jordan Hemingway. Pre-order the new album here.

“It’s about the arrogance of humans,” said Rowsell, explaining the lyrics. “I’d just read Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle and I had written the line ‘Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from god’ in my notes. But then I thought: ‘Uh, your peculiar travel suggestion isn’t a dancing lesson from god, it’s just a travel suggestion! Why does everything need to mean something more?’”

The new video will premier at 7PM GMT.

Speaking on the new album Roswell said “This album is for other people,”. “Sometimes you hear a song and it makes you feel better, or you hear a song and it makes you feel seen. I remember feeling blue about something, and thinking, ‘I wonder what songs I can listen to that will be about what I’m feeling right now’.”

She continued: “It was almost as if I was desperate to feel better about something, and I would go down any path to feel not alone in something, or to understand it more. And I’ve never really done that before intentionally, I’d never really sought it out.”

Tracklist:

1. ‘The Beach’
2. ‘Delicious Things’
3. ‘Lipstick On The Glass’
4. ‘Smile’
5. ‘Safe From Heartbreak (if you never fall in love)’
6. ‘How Can I Make It OK?’
7. ‘Play The Greatest Hits’
8. ‘Feeling Myself’
9. ‘The Last Man On Earth’
10. ‘No Hard Feelings’
11. ‘The Beach II’

The Horrors announce new EP, share new single

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The Horrors have announced a new EP Lout, set to be released on March 12th. The band have also shared the title track from the upcoming EP, “Lout”, which sees the band take a more industrial metal attack to their sound.

“There’s something about it which feels like a return to a heavier sound but really it’s a million miles away from anything we’ve done,” said keyboardist Tom Furse. “Keeping the sound aggressive and the beats heavy was a central tenet, everything seemed to fall around that.”

Bassist Rhys Webb added: “It’s the nastiest music we’ve made since [2007 debut] ‘Strange House’. An intense barrage of industrial noise. A return to the spirit and attitude of our debut LP but blasted into the future.”

“In the past whenever we’ve written stuff with a harder edge it’s come from the energy we get from all playing together in a room but creating this kind of atmosphere remotely was a different challenge,” said Badwan. “It’s the same level of intensity as the 100-miles-an-hour stuff we’ve done in the past but the anger is somehow more channelled. I can’t wait to play these songs live as there’s so much freedom in that kind of chaos.”

Free from the pressure of the usual release schedule treadmill, Webb explained how the band enjoyed the act of “not making record for anybody except ourselves” – with that liberating spirit feeding into their next album.

“With so many platforms now lost, the pressure to deliver a single for radio or to get on TV just doesn’t exist any more and is probably all the better for it,” he added. “The only thing we need to worry about is making the most exciting new music we can. We’re lucky enough to have been together for 15 years and to be working on our sixth studio LP.

“It seemed like the perfect time to go in guns blazing, no holds barred full on Horrors, the way it should always be.”

Watch the video for “Lout” below.

Tracklist:

  1. Lout
  2. Org
  3. Whiplash

Daft Punk have split

Daft Punk have split up, they broke the news with an 8-minute video titled “Epilogue,” excerpted from their 2006 film Electroma. The electronic duo created some fo the biggest pop hits of the last two decades, including “Get Lucky” that currently sits at over 500 million streams on Spotify.

Daft Punk formed in Paris in 1993, emerging from and helping to define the French touch style of house music. Their debut album, 1997’s Homework, was a dance music landmark, featuring classic singles “Around the World” and “Da Funk.” By the release of its follow-up, Discovery, in 2001, the duo had taken to making public appearances in the robot outfits that came to define their visual identity. The singles “One More Time” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” cemented them as global superstars—a status they continued to expand in subsequent years with records including the Tron: Legacy soundtrack album. 

Watch the breakup video below.

The Lounge Society announce debut EP, share new single

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The Lounge Society are today sharing new single “Cain’s Heresy”, and announcing the release of their debut EP Silk For The Starving on Speedy Wunderground. With just two singles under their belts – “Generation Game”, the fastest selling 7″ for the label, and “Burn The Heather” – and a raft of Ones To Watch accolades for 2021, there is much anticipation for what lies next for the band.

Almost one year ago, “Generation Game” announced the band as artists shaping powerful narratives around a fast-fragmenting society. With the lyric “what will the US do?” they served up a painfully prescient prediction of American unrest. Follow-up single “Burn The Heather” made a left-hand turn for the more punk-funk, sneering at culture wars and the damaging impact of a class divide. New single “Cain’s Heresy” shakes with the propulsion of a nimble rhythm section, full of bite and scorn, simultaneously swinging angrily at a negligent political class (“The death of four souls is less than a kick in the teeth, for them”), the threat of misinformation (“Poisonous ideals on the screen breed a vicious way of thinking, off the screen”) and the noxious follow-the-leader march of celebrity culture (“They’re Servants to fame”). The EP title “Silk For The Starving” in itself probes at a society that routinely neglects the needs of the have-nots.

The video for “Cain’s Heresy” was filmed at the iconic Hebden Bridge Trades Club, and is a homage to The Strokes’ “The Modern Age” video – which incidentally turns 20 years old this month – and features a cameo from The Strokes’ producer Gordon Raphael. The band expands a little more on the song:

“Cain’s Heresy is a portrait of the world we’re headed to – where consumers lie sedated while ‘This Week’s Hot Trend’ and ‘101 Style Tips For Summer’ are forced down their throats by gloved hands. It’s our way of saying ‘not on my watch’. Cain and Abel were brothers at war, and this song is our last stand in the war on culture which is being waged by corporations at the moment. Musically the song isn’t designed to fu*k about – we could’ve filled it with 7th chords and synths and bleeps and bloops but we wanted it to be raw and honest, and we think it sounds all the better for it.”

Tracklist:

  1. Burn The Heather
  2. Television
  3. Cain’s Hersey
  4. Valley Bottom Fever

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard announce new album ‘LW’ out next week

Australian 6-piece King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have announced new album LW, set to be released next Friday, February 25th. This comes after the band released two singles from the album “If Not Now, Then When?” and “O.N.E“. On the bands website there has been a countdown which some fans speculated would be the announcement of the album, however this has proven to be the actual release date.

LW follows on from KG which was released last year, revisit our review here, and has also been speculated by fans for a while after a t-shirt sold by the band listing album names also included LW.

The band have also shared a third single from the album “Pleura”, to which the video for was filmed, edited and published yesterday (February 17th) and released today.

Watch the new video below.

Tracklist:

1. IF NOT NOW, THEN WHEN?
2. O.N.E.
3. PLEURA
4. SUPREME ASCENDANCY
5. STATIC ELECTRICITY
6. EAST WEST LINK
7. ATARAXIA
8. SEE ME
9. K.G.L.W.

Yuck call it quits

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10 years after the release of their debut album ‘Yuck’, guitarist Max Bloom announced through the band’s social media channels that they will ‘no longer be releasing music or touring together.’

Formed in 2009 from the ashes of Cajan Dance Party, the London group mixed elements of indie rock, shoegazing, and noise rock. They signed to Fat Possum Records and recorded their first album in 2010 at Max Bloom’s parents house. The band supported the likes of Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra and received critical acclaim from Pitchfork and NME.

A year later, frontman and rhythm guitarist Daniel Blumberg left the group in 2013 to follow his own solo career. Yuck would go on to release two further albums, ‘Glow & Behold’ in 2013 and their final release ‘Stranger Things’ in 2016.

Their final performance together was with Powerplant, Lewsberg and Norman at Moth Club on 14th October 2019.

You can read the band’s statement below.

Gal Go Grey announce debut album and share new single

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Gal Go Grey is the product of Argentinian saxophonist Ignacio Salvadores aka Galgo and Tom Grey, a London born experimental producer. A key collaborator with Archy Marshall, Ignacio was one of the forces behind King Krule’s Mercury Prize nominated The Ooz and named as one of the central influences for Man Alive, King Krule’s most recent record.

Though the new record was primarily conceived and created during lockdown, the majority of the tracks derive from a rehearsal recording just before a pre-COVID gig. Rather than recreate many of the sax and vocal recordings or live electronics in a studio environment after the fact, Galgo and Tom chose to use these original takes to maintain the live improvisational energy. The result is tracks like “Burns” in which Ignacio casually sings as if through a phone while he’s enwrapped in a swathing pad and thumping beat. And so dichotomies are danced with – creating music that is at once performed and produced, improvised and arranged. 

Speaking about the new record, Ignacio says, “If I had found a better way to spend my existence it’s very likely I wouldn’t play music, I’ll keep seeking though, whilst I refuge in it. It’s about sounds, emotions, sparks, loneliness and encounters; music connects individuals to themselves and to the collective, as neurons dance together in electricity. It was natural to meet Tom and work together on these pieces, we just had to move aside and let things unravel in the center; the rest needs no words but some gentle ears and unquiet bodies.”

Gal Go Grey is out 16th March via Good Question. Pre-order HERE.

Listen to the new track below.