Twenty-five new tracks from the US, UK, Sweden, Norway, Australia and New Zealand. New music from Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam Batmanglij, Honeyblood, Kings of Leon, The Radio Dept., Warpaint, Grandaddy, Beach Slang, Warehouse, The Men, Black Honey, Devendra Banhart, Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions (pictured), Beck, Dirty Projectors, Jordan Rakei, Jenny Hval, FEHM, Local Natives, Haley Bonar, Nots, Hi-Tec Emotions, The Holiday Crowd, Wolf People, and Okkervil River.
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam ‘In A Black Out’
On the back of his solo album Black Hours and collaborations with his former The Walkmen bandmate Paul Maroon, Hamilton Leithauser teams up with former Vampire Weekend multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij. This is the first of two tracks this episode taken from the album I Had A Dream That You Were Mine (out now).
[Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam]
Honeyblood ‘Sea Hearts’
From the Scottish noisepop duo’s forthcoming second album Babes Never Die, their first since Cat Myers replaced Shona McVicar (November 4, FatCat).
Kings of Leon ‘Waste A Moment’
Love ‘em or hate them, it can’t be denied that Kings of Leon struggled to follow up their ubiquitous 2008 album Only By the Night. Come Around Sundown and Mechanical Bull seemed like the work of a band who had run out of steam. These guys really need to come back with a great album, and this track is a great start. From the album Walls (14, October).
[Kings of Leon]
The Radio Dept. ‘Swedish Guns’
Another track from Running Out of Love, the first album in five years for the Swedish dreampop band (Labrador, October21)
[The Radio Dept.]
Warpaint ‘White Out’
One of my favourite artists of recent years, the LA band served up a massive disappointment with the first track from new album Heads Up, ‘New Song’. It sounded like a bad remix of a good song. Thankfully, it is, by several orders of magnitude, the worst song on the album. This is the opening track and plays to all the band’s strengths: sinuous bass line, skittering drum beats, yearning vocals and a post punk sensibility to the angular guitars and keyboards.
Grandaddy ‘Why We Won’t’
First new material in 10 years from Modesto’s finest. A new album is due next year on Danger Mouse’s 30th Century Records label. This is classic stuff and stronger than anything on 2006’s Just Like The Fambly Cat.
Beach Slang ‘Future Mixtape For The Art Kids’
From the Philly angst-punks’ new album A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings (out now, Polyvinyl / Big Scary Monsters / Cooking Vinyl).
Warehouse ‘Super Low’
Title track from the gravel-voiced-Elaine Edenfield-fronted Atlanta alt punks’ second album (September 30, Bayonet).
The Men ‘Lion’s Den’
Brooklyn punks dial up the garage for their sixth album Devil Music, the first on their own label, We Are The Men Records (November 11).
Black Honey ‘Hello Today’
Black Honey continue to move in a more polished direction while still managing to retain much of the charm of their earlier tracks.
Devendra Banhart ‘Middle Names’
Lead track from Banhart’s ninth (and excellent) new album Ape in Pink Marble (out now).
Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions Feat. Kurt Vile ‘Let Me Get There’
The dreampop queen meets the slacker king for a marriage made in heaven, the vocals complement each other and KV’s guitar sounds like a stoned Television covering the intro to ‘Band on the Run’.
[Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions]
Beck goes old school for the first track from his forthcoming album (tentatively due out in October).
Dirty Projectors ‘Keep Your Name’
First track in a while from David Longstreth (here accompanied by Mauro Refosco and Tyondai Braxton). A break-up ballad (presumed to be about former longterm partner and erstwhile bandmember Amber Coffman) where he goes from confusion to a mea culpa to a cutting slight of the other’s pursuit of fame over art.
Jordan Rakei ‘Midnight Mischief [Tom Misch Remix]’
Remix of the lead track from the London-based Kiwi’s debut album Cloak (out now), this take’s the r n’ b number and makes it more electronic and throws in a nice chill guitar solo.
Jenny Hval ‘Period Piece’
From the Adult Swim singles club and the Norwegian experimentalist’s new album Blood Bitch (September 30, Sacred Bones).
Gothy post-punk from Leeds. Taken from their forthcoming Circadian Life EP (Art is Hard, 25 November)
Local Natives ‘Dark Days’
The inimitable vocals of Nina Persson features on this track from the band’s third album Sunlit Youth (out now).
Haley Bonar ‘Called You Queen’
Another stand out track from Bonar’s latest album Impossible Dream (out now, GNDWIRE) [Haley Bonar]
Nots ‘New Structures’
From the Memphis noisepunks second album Cosmetic (out now, Heavenly).
Hi-Tec Emotions ‘Look Around’
Like ITP faves Stina Tester and Cinta Masters, Melbourne’s Hi-Tec Emotions are part of the Listen Records family. A label set up to promote and support Australian female and LGBTQIA artists.
The Holiday Crowd ‘Anything Anything’
Old school indie pop with hints of the Go-Betweens and C86 with a lovely piece of jangle pop from their forthcoming, self-titled second album (Shelflife, October 21).
[The Holiday Crowd]
Wolf People ‘Ninth Night’
It’s been a great year for heavy space rock (Besnard Lakes, Black Mountain, Heron Oblivion). This is from the UK band’s forthcoming RUINS album (November 11, Jagjaguwar).
Okkervil River ‘Frontman in Heaven’
Another great track from Away (out now, Jagjaguwar).
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam ‘The Morning Stars’
Second track this episode taken from the album ‘I Had A Dream That You Were Mine’ (out now).
[Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam]