The eight best songs from the last two weeks. New music from the US, Canada and the UK. The return of Spoon, The New Pornographers, J Mascis, Avi Buffalo, and Bleached. Plus cover versions of Duran Duran and Bacharach and David from Warpaint and Julia Holter.
Bleached ‘For The Feel’
LA sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin return with a slice of surf-garage-noise-pop taken from their forthcoming digital EP/ 7” single on Dead Oceans.
The New Pornographers ‘Brill Bruisers’
Canadian powerpop indie supergroup return with the title track of their sixth album.
[The New Pornographers]
Spoon ‘Rent I Pay’
From forthcoming album They Want My Soul, their first since Transference back in 2010.
J Mascis ‘Every Morning’
From forthcoming solo album Tied to A Star, the follow up to Several Shades of Why
Avi Buffalo ‘So What’
Four years on from their precocious debutFrom forthcoming second album At Best Cuckold, due out on Sub Pop in September.
Ethan Johns ‘This Modern London’
Best known as a producer of the likes (of Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Laura Marling Crowded House, etc) this is taken from the English man’s second album The Reckoning. Ryan Adams returns the favours and produces.
The Donkeys ‘Ride The Black Wave’
After featuring the breeezy ‘Nothing’ earlier this month, here’s the more downbeat title track of the San Diego band’s fourth album.
Julia Holter ‘Don’t Make Me Over’
Classically trained experimental-art-folk-electronic composer/singer takes on the Bacharach and David classic, made famous by Dionne Warwick
Warpaint ‘The Chauffeur’
Don’t you love it when one of your favourite artists takes on a track by another of your favourite artists? Here, the LA art rock band cover the Duran Duran classic as part of Manimal’s Duran Duran tribute album / Amnesty International album ‘Making Patterns Rhyme’.