Nineteen new tunes from the US, Australia, Sweden, Norway, the UK, and Canada. Indie pop, experimental pop, electronic pop, psych pop, garage punk, shoegaze, dreampop etc. New music from Django Django, Best Coast, Sharon Van Etten, Pale Honey (pictured), Titus Andronicus, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Power, Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld, The Lovely Eggs, Alessia Cara, Vexx, Misun, Jenny Hval, Cheena, Empress Of, Chelsea Wolfe, Joanna Gruesome, Valet.
The Lovely Eggs ‘Ordinary People Unite’
Lancashire spousal pop from Holly Ross and David Blackwell, taken from their new album This Is Our Nowhere (out now).
[The Lovely Eggs]
Django Django ‘Giant’
Opening track from the band’s new album Born Under Saturn, psych tinged, groove-centric, electronic indie pop.
Best Coast ‘In My Eyes’
Best Coast’s second album was terrible, but they followed it up with the fantastic Fade Away EP. Their new album California Nights builds on that momentum and all the horrible affectations and weaknesses of The Only Place have been blasted away and replaced with surf pop songs of superior quality and catchiness.
Pale Honey ‘Fish’
Gothenburg duo of Tuva Lodmark and Nelly Daltrey play guitar and drums indie pop with retro flourishes. This is taken from their rather excellent eponymous debut album (out now).
Titus Andronicus ‘Dimed Out’
Killer punk tune about turning it up to 10: “I turned it up to four I couldn’t feel it / I turned it to five it wasn’t real yet / turning it up to six wouldn’t reveal it / seven was secret / eight was reaching / nine was decent but I really liked it when it dimed out!” taken from the New Jersey band’s forthcoming The Most Lamentable Tragedy 93-minutes-long concept album (Merge, July 28).
Tame Impala ‘Eventually’
Another new track from the eagerly awaited third album Currents. Smooth, soulful psych pop with filthy fuzzed out bass.
Future Islands ‘The Chase’
First new material since last year’s breakthrough Singles album follows in the same footsteps. Soulful synthpop (available digitally now and on 7” vinyl June 30).
Power ‘Slimy’s Chains’
Melbourne heavy rock garage punk. Taken from the forthcoming Electric Glitter Boogie EP (Cool Death Records).
Sharon Van Etten ‘I Don’t Want to Let You Down’
Title track from SVE’s new EP.
[Sharon Van Etten]
Colin Stetson / Sarah Neufeld ‘Won’t Be a Thing to Become’
Post rock meets modern classical with hints of Radiohead from the horn and violin players’ excellent collaborative album (out now, Constellation).
[Colin Stetson / Sarah Neufeld]
Alessia Cara ‘Here’
Maybe much of the appeal of this track is down to familiarity – it basically consists of the same Isaac Hayes ‘Ike’s Rap II’ sample that Tricky and Portishead used over 20 years ago for their ‘Hell Is Round the Corner’ / ‘Glory Box’ tracks respectively. But the the 18 year old Ontario born Def Jam signed artist sing-raps over the top about having a shit time at a party with no little charm.
Vexx ‘Black White’
Olympia, WA punks fronted by Maryjane Dunphe, taken from their new four track 7”, Give and Take (available as a name-your-price download from their bandcamp page).
Misun ‘After Me’
Laidback electropop, with great vocals and lovely, fuzzy guitar that kicks in at the three minute mark. Taken from the DC band’s Feel Better EP (out May 29).
Jenny Hval ‘Heaven’
Another stand out track from the Norwegian experimental pop artist’s Apocalypse, Girl album (out June 9 on Sacred Bones).
Cheena ‘Did I Tell You Last Night’
Another Sacred Bones signed artist. Five guys raised in NYC’s underground punk scene getting together to stretch their wings on something less shouty and more melodic and coming up with something mid-70s post-glam-proto-punk in sound and feel.
Empress Of ‘Water Water’
Brooklyn-based electronic pop artist Lorely Rodriguez, first featured here two years ago with ‘Hat Trick’ and ‘Tristeza’ (ITP #28 & #30) returns with the first track from her debut album (tbc, on Terrible / XL).
Chelsea Wolfe ‘Iron Moon’
Last featured here with her King Dude collaboration ‘Be Free’ (Feb 2014, ITP #51), the LA doom / drone / folk singer songwriter returns with the first track from her forthcoming fourth album Abyss (Sargent House, August 7).
Joanna Gruesome ‘I Don’t Wanna Relax’
Another slice of MBV-indebted noise pop from the Cardiff-based band’s excellent forthcoming second album Peanut Butter (Fortuna Pop! / Slumberland / Turnstile, May 11).
Shoegaze / dreampop title track from the solo project of Portland experimentalist Honey Owens (out May 25, Kranky).