The 19 best songs from the last two weeks. New music from the US, UK, Canada, and Sweden. Tracks from TV On The Radio, Death From Above 1979, Stars, Karen O, Foxygen, Tennis, Ariel Pink, King Tuff, Maze, Ty Segall, The Radio Dept., Buke and Gase, Failed Flowers, The Hussy, Pocketknife, Kevin Morby and The Rural Alberta Advantage.
Stars ‘Turn It Up’
The first of two tracks from Stars forthcoming No One Is Lost album (due out October 14). This quasi-title track finds Amy Millan on lead vocals and features the kind of life affirming nostalgia that many of the best Stars songs tap into. Specifically, ‘Turn It Up’ recalls images of the first day back at school as summer recedes into memory; lying on the floor, listening to music with your headphones on; seeing someone’s face for the first time. The chorus is particularly beautiful.
King Tuff ‘Headbanger’
Awesome power pop about falling in love over a shared taste for heavy metal. “Me and you we got a true connection / I knew it when I saw your record collection / You had Sabbath and ‘Priest and Number of The Beast it was Saturday night of perfection”.
TV On The Radio ‘Happy Idiot’
First taste of the band’s forthcoming fifth album Seeds, due out October 14. This tracks bodes well for it being better than the somewhat underwhelming Nine Types of Light.
[TV On The Radio]
LA duo recently of Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker, recently signed to Wichita Records who will be giving the band’s eponymous EP a vinyl release.
Mazes ‘Letters Bewteen U&V’
Manchester indie rock band with a track from their third album Wooden Aquarium. Krautrock influences filtered through the work of the likes of Pavement, Yo La Tengo and Prolapse.
Death From Above 1979 ‘Trainwreck 1979‘
The returned Torontonian dance punk duo with one of the killer tracks from their new album The Physical World.
[Death From Above 1979]
Tennis ‘Solar on the Rise’
Upbeat indie pop number from the husband-and-wife combo’s third album Ritual in Repeat, produced by Spoon’s Jim Eno.
Ty Segall ‘The Clock’
Acoustic psych pop number from Ty Segall’s excellent Manipulator album. Can you hear shades of Love and J Mascis in this track?
The Rural Alberta Advantage ‘This City’
Canadian indie folk trio with hints of The Decemberists return with their third album, Mended With Gold (out September 30, Paper Bag Records).
[The Rural Alberta Advantage]
Foxygen ‘How Can You Really’
From the psych pop band’s forthcoming …and Star Power album, out October 14 on Jagjaguwar.
Failed Flowers ‘Summer Vacation’
Ann Arbor, MI indie pop band featuring members of Saturday Looks Good To Me and Bad Indians. This is taken from their Demos 2014 cassette.
Buke and Gase ‘Seam Esteem’
First featured here two years ago with the Grizzly-Bear-meets-Dirty-Projectors ‘Misshaping Introduction’ (ITP #16), this track finds the Brooklyn duo developing their sound further. Download for free at the link.
[Buke and Gase]
The Hussy ‘EZ/PZ’
Garage rock duo with track from their latest 7″ on Windian.
Pocketknife ‘Push of Love’
From the Portlan band’s Dying to Pretend album, out now.
Ariel Pink ‘Put My Number In Your Phone’
Lo-fi psych pop from Haunted Graffiti dude.
Karen O ‘Day Go By’
Karen O’s first solo album Crush Songs is a charming lo-fi affair. This is one of the stand out tracks.
Kevin Morby ‘Parade’
Ex-Woods bassist and sometimes Babies frontman with a track from his second solo full length Still Life, due out in October.
The Radio Dept. ‘Death to Fascism’
Swedish dreampop / shoegaze band return with a track to mark the upcoming Swedish general election.
[The Radio Dept.]
Stars ‘From the Night’
Rollerdisco-tastic number from forthcoming No One Is Lost album, featuring Torquil Campbell on lead vocals.