Twenty five new tracks from the US, UK, Norway, Denmark, and Australia. Indie rock, psych pop, indie folk, experimental pop etc. New music from Wild Beasts, Okkervil River, Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam (pictured), Morgan Delt, Of Montreal, Sad13, The Raveonttes, Flock of Dimes, Cheena, Exploded View, Tanukichan, Jenny Hval, Bon Iver, Honey Radar, Fond Han, LVL UP, Mass Gothic, Ian Sweet, Kyle Craft, The Laurels, Stove, PWR BTTM, The Tindales, Hockey Dad, and Weyes Blood.
Eighteen new tracks from the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Sweden. New music from Two Cartoons, Chvrches, Girls Names, Sports, Widowspeak, Cristobal and the Sea, US Girls, Robert Forster, Fidlar, Joanna Newsom, Baio, The Decemberists, Empress Of, Soda Shop (pictured), Black Honey, PWR BTTM, Family of The Year and Lust For Youth.
Two Cartoons ‘Males’
Catchy garage pop from ex-pat Dunedin duo. Taken from their forthcoming debut album Happiness isTrouble (Far South, release date tbc).
Chvrches ‘Bury It’
Their disappointing and bloated debut album was only rescued by a couple of great singles and some excellent live shows. Album number two Every Open Eye (out now) is much more the ticket and finds them ramping up the songwriting and cutting down on the filler. This is one of the highlights.
Girls Names ‘Dysmorphia’
More dark rock n’ roll from the Belfast band’s third album Arms Around A Vision (out now, Tough Love).
Sports’ Get Bummed Out’
Following on from ‘Saturday’, ‘Washing Machine’ and ‘Reality TV’, this is the fourth track to be featured from the Ohio band’s still-not-quite-out yet second album, All of Something (Father/Daughter records, 30 October). Can’t wait to finally hear the whole thing.
Widowspeak ‘Borrowed World’
Brooklyn dreampop duo with a track from their latest album All Yours (out now, Captured Tracks). Unlike previously featured track ‘Girls’, this one features Robert Earl Thomas on lead vocal.
Cristobal and the Sea ‘Counting Smiles’
Opening song from the Anglo-Spanish-Portugese-Corsican quartet’s debut album Sugar Now (out now, City Slang). Starts off as a simple percussion-free indie folk number before the flute and drums kick in, raise the tempo and it becomes an irresistible piece of dance floor psych pop.
[Cristobal and the Sea]
US Girls ‘Window Shades’
Third track featured here from the experimental popster Meghan Remy’s 4AD debut Half Free (out now). Funky, electronic pop with orchestral flourishes.
Robert Forster ‘A Poet Walks’
Former Go-Betweens legend with a track from his first solo album since 2008’s The Evangelist. Songs to Play is an excellent album, it finds Forster at the top of his game as both songwriter and performer. A warm and charming collection of songs that couldn’t have been made by anyone else.
Fidlar ‘Why Generation’
Psych pop verses and garage pop chorus from the LA band’s second album Too (out now, Mom & Pop).
The Drink ‘Roller’
One of the more straightforward tracks from Capital the absolutely brilliant first-album-proper from the London-based post-punk-folk three piece (Melodic, November 13). You can get a download of the whole album now if you pre-order the physical edition direct from Melodic.
Joanna Newsom ‘Leaving the City’
Over five years on from magnum opus triple album Have One On Me, Joanna Newsom returns with her fourth album Divers (Drag City, October 23). This is the second preview track from the album after August’s ‘Saponkanikan’.
Baio ‘I Was Born In A Marathon’
Vampire Weekend bass player with a track from his excellent debut solo album of electronic dancefloor pop, The Names (out now, Glassnote).
The Decemberists ‘Fits & Starts’
Surprising garage punk number from the new Florasongs EP (October 9, Atlantic), 5 songs recorded at the same sessions that produced this year’s excellent What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World album.
Empress Of ‘How Do You Do It’
Following on from ‘Water Water’ back in May (ITP #78), here’s Brooklyn-based electronic pop artist Lorely Rodriguez with another highlight from her debut album (out now, Terrible / XL).
Soda Shop ‘Wistful Past’
New York indiepop duo with a track from their charming self-titled debut album (out now, Velvet Blue Music)
Black Honey ‘Corrine’
Brighton buzzband with new single about having a row with your best friend who then quits their job, sells their phone and moves to the other side of the world before you can make up.
PWR BTTM ‘I Wanna Boi’
Another great track (the fourth featured here) taken from the New Paltz queer punk duo’s brilliant debut album Ugly Cherries (out now, Father/Daughter Records / Miscreant).
Family of The Year ‘Hey Kid’
Lovely downbeat number from the LA sunshine indie pop band’s self-titled album (out now, Nettwerk).
[Family of the Year]
Lust For Youth ‘Better Looking Brother’
Swedish electronic trio led by Hannes Norrvide successfully channel 90s Depeche Mode on their new digital only single (available now, Sacred Bones).
[Lust For Youth]
Eighteen new tracks from the US, UK, Australia and Canada. New music from Battles, Beach House, The Arcs, Deradoorian, Gun Outfit, All Dogs, Gardens & Villa, Fans, Sports, Destroyer, Low, Blank Realm, Unloved, Cold Beat, PWR BTTM, Shopping, Julia Holter (pictured), and Maybug.
Battles ‘FF Bada’
After the departure of Tyondai Braxton, Battles followed up their stunning debut Mirrored with the guest-vocalist-heavy Gloss Drop (2011). For their third album La Di Da Di (Warp, September 18) they’ve gone completely instrumental. It’s jittery, math-y post-rock at its finest.
Beach House ‘Levitation’
The opening track from the Baltimore dreampop band’s wonderful Depression Cherry album (out now, Sub Pop).
The Arcs ‘Put a Flower in Your Pocket’
A hazy piece of garage soul psych pop from Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys’ new side project. Taken from their debut album, the appropriately titled Yours, Dreamily (out now).
Deradoorian ‘The Expanding Flower Planet’
Title track of former Dirty Projector member Angel Deradoorian’s debut solo album of experimental art pop, out now on Anticon.
Gun Outift ’Dream All Over’
Dylan Sharp and Carrie Keith share desert-fatigued vocals and motorik beats over meadnering guitars. Like country Krautrock, this is the title track from the LA band’s forthcoming album (Oct 16, Paradise of Bachelors).
All Dogs ‘Leading Me Back to You’
Another great track from the Ohio band’s Kicking Every Day album (out now, Salinas)
Gardens & Villa ‘Fixations’
LA Synthpop band go 70s power pop and art rock and end up sounding not a million miles away from Brendan Benson (a good thing, obvs). Taken from their latest album, Music for Dogs (out now, Secretly Canadian).
[Gardens & Villa]
Fans ‘Take It’
Previously featured here a back in July (ITP #83), this taken from the UK band’s debut EP ‘Born Into’. Listeners may detect essence of The Strokes, Interpol and the early noughties NYC crowd.
Sports ‘Reality TV’
More fuzzy, melodic, garage punk power pop with country-tinged vocals from the Ohio band. Taken from forthcoming second album All of Something (Father/Daughter records, 30 October).
Destroyer ‘Forces From Above’
Another slice of lush pop from new album Poison Season (out now, Merge / Dead Oceans). This track features strings, saxophone, great percussion, some great rhythm guitar and a typically clearly ennunciated vocal from Dan Bejar. Motherfucker needs to get his ass to Australia.
Low ‘The Innocents’
Juxtaposing Mimi Parker’s beautiful vocals against a dirty electronic rhythm and distorted guitars, this is another stand out track from the band’s forthcoming Ones and Sixes album (Sub Pop, September 11).
Blank Realm ‘Palace of Love’
Another track from the Brisband band’s new album Illegals in Heaven album (out now Bedroom Suck / Fire Records). Garage psych pop – you can trace a line from the Velvet Underground’s ‘Can’t Stand It’ through Tom Verlaine’s æBreakin’ In My Heart’ to this.
Unloved ‘Guilty of Love’
New project from soundtrackists David Holmes, Keefus Ciancia and singer songwriter Jade Vincent. Trying to blend the Shangri Las, Lee & Nancy and Ennio Morricone. Taken from their debut EP of the same name (October 16, self-released).
Cold Beat ‘Spirals’
Another highlight from Hannah Lew and co.’s new album Into the Air (out now, Crime on the Moon). Cold Beat really is the perfect name for this San Francisco gothy electropop band.
PWR BTTM ‘1994’
Third track featured here’s from the queer punk duo’s debut album Ugly Cherries (Father/Daughter Records / Miscreant, September 18).
Shopping ‘Straight Lines’
Title track of second album (September 11, FatCat) from the London post-punk trio.
Julia Holter ‘Sea Calls Me Home’
The experimenter in otherworldly pop follows up 2013’s Loud City Song with a track from her forthcoming Have You In My Wilderness (September 25, Domino).
Maybug ‘Winter Sun’
Bristol based singer-songwriter Joseph Dunn. This track is from his debut EP, Pollen Odyssey, out September 18th.
Fifteen new tracks from the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. New music from Royal Headache, The Chills, Diet Cig, Destroyer (pictured), Shannon and the Clams, Beach House, Prison Whites, Saintseneca, PWR BTTM, Low, Palehound, All Dogs, Royal Headache, Duran Duran and Steve Hauschlidt.
Royal Headache ‘Love Her If I Tried’
The first of two tracks from the Sydney band’s second album High (out now, Distant and Vague / What’s Your Rupture /). Currently my favourite track on the album and the epitome of their garage-punk-meets-soul sound.
The Chills ‘America Says Hello’
Classic, sparkling jangle pop from Kiwi legend Martin Phillipps and co. Since1990 they have released records called Submarine Bells, Soft Bomb, SunBurnt, Sketch Book, Secret Box, and Stand By. No surprise then that he Dunedin-based band’s first new album in 19 years is called Silver Bullets (Fire, October 30).
Diet Cig ‘Dinner Date’
New Paltz indiepop duo with the other side of the ‘Sleep Talk’ single (as featured on ITP #82)“, this is there first vinyl release and follow up to the Over Easy cassette (ITP #70 and #71). Out on September 18, Father/Daughter / Art Is Hard).
Destroyer ’Times Square’
On August 28 Dan Bejar returns with the follow up to 2011’s critically acclaimed Kaputt, Poison Season (Merge / Dead Oceans). This tracks is, literally, the centre of an album that vies with Father John Misty’s I Love You Honeybear as this year’s most idiosyncratic singer songwriter album.
Shannon and the Clams ‘It’s Too Late’
Following on from the downbeat ‘Corvette’ (ITP#81) here’s some sci fi surf pop from the Oakland band’s forthcoming album Gone By The Dawn (Hardly Art ,Sept 11).
[Shannon and the Clams]
Beach House ‘PPP’
Unhurried, hypnagogic number from the Baltimore dreampop duo’s forthcoming Depression Cherry album (Sub Pop, August 28).
Prison Whites ‘Deceiver’
London via Cambridge three piece playing catchy garage punk.
Saintseneca ‘Sleeper Hold’
Columbus, OH folksters led by Zac Little and featuring All Dogs’ Maryn Jones in their current line up. This is taken from their forthcoming third album, Such Things (Anti-, October 9).
Following on from ‘No Comprende’ (ITP #81) and ‘What Part of Me’ (ITP #84) here’s the third and most track to appear from Low’s eleventh album Ones and Sixes (Sub Pop, September 11). Features a great vocal performance from Mimi Parker about two thirds in.
Atypical track from debut album Dry Food eschews the 90s influences for some trippy afropop guitar.
All Dogs ‘How Long’
Maryn Jones pops her head up again with another track from All Dogs debut album Kicking Every Day (Salinas, August 28).
Royal Headache ‘Carolina’
Another taste of the new album, ‘Carolina’ highlights another side of the band – lo-fi, melodious, melancholy jangling.
Duran Duran ‘Paper Gods’
Title track of the veteran band’s forthcoming fourteenth album (September 11, Warners), this one features fellow Brummie Mr Hudson, comes in at just over seven minutes long and shifts from minor key distorted gospel influenced intro to bass heavy stadium dance pop banger.
Steve Hauschlidt ‘Where All Is Fled’
Former member of ambient electronica trio Emeralds, this is the title track of Hauschlidt’s first new album since 2012’s Sequitur. Where All Is Fled is out on Kranky, September 25.