The 16 best tracks from the last two weeks. Psych pop, indie rock, electronic pop, alt-folk etc.
Cloud Control ‘Scar’
Catchy, dreamy psych pop with baroque keyboard riff, from Blue Mountains outfit’s second album Dream Cave.
Janelle Monáe featuring Miguel ‘Prime Time’
Smooth as you like, classy r n’b form Monáe and Miguel with a great Prince-esq guitar solo from (I’m assuming) Kellino Parker.
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan ‘One’
Stoner / psych / heavy / art prog from Canada
[Yamantaka // Sonic Titan ]
Title Fight ‘Be a Toy’
Kingston Pennsylvania melodic hardcore band
Neko Case ‘Night Still Comes’
Second track to be lifted from Neko Case’s forthcoming follow up to 2009’s Middle Cyclone, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight The More I Love You, much of it written and recorded while getting through a bout of depression. A much better showcase for her considerable talents as a songwriter and vocalist than previous track ‘Man’.
Volcano Choir ‘Comrade’
Proggy-folk from Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and fellow Wisconsin musicians. This is the first taste of their forthcoming second album, Repave (due out on Jagjaguwar next month)
Little Big League ‘My Very Own You’
Indie rock from Philly band featuring ex-members of Titus Andronicus and Strand of Oaks.
[Little Big League]
together PANGEA ‘Snakedog’
LA garage rockers who are not afraid of a screaming guitar solo.
Au Revoir Simone ‘Crazy’
Electronic indiepop from veteran all-female Brooklyn band.
[Au Revoir Simone]
Kelley Stoltz ‘Kim Chee Taco Man’
Jangly psych-pop from San Franciscan garage / lo-fi veteran.
Joanna Gruesome ’Sugarcrush’
Welsh noise-pop that’ll be familiar to fans of pre-Isnt Anything My Bloody Valentine. Reliably signed to Slumberland.
Juana Molina ‘Eras’
Rubbery folktronica from Domino-signed Argentine singer songwriter’s forthcoming sixth album, Wed 21. This one sounds like a looser, more experiemental Lykke Li.
Happy Jawbone Family Band ‘Everybody Knows About Daddy’
Lo-fi psych pop from Vermont.
[Happy Jawbone Family Band]
San Fermin ‘Daedalus (What We Have)’
Chamber pop with Sufjan Stevens-level ambition.
Brundlefly and the Swede ‘Cabin Music 2 (Radio Edit)’
Pastoral, instrumental post-rock from former members of Daybed. This is the four minute radio edit of a 12 minute track.
[Brundlefly and the Swede]
The North Sea ‘Stand on the Horizon (Todd Terje Extended Mix)’
Franz Ferdinand collaboration with Norwegian remixer extraordinaire (and star of ITP #1) Todd Terje.
[The North Sea]