Today we feature the latest single from New York’s Perfume Genius. ‘Queen’ marks the lead track from LP number 3 which is titled Too Bright and has been met with very well deserved widespread acclaim over the last few days. There’s elements of glistening pop and drab, grey tones hitting you all at once with this one whilst Mike Hadreas (the man behind the project) serenades with mesmerising, visceral vocals. It’s quite a step since his previous release Back N 2 It, which for the most part defied traditional pop structure and dealt primarily with soundscapes and extended jams. We’re sold. Upon the release of the single, Hadreas himself explained a fascinating undercurrent to the forthcoming record:
“I’ve seen faces of blank terror when I walk by. Sometimes from seemingly strong, macho dudes — somehow my presence confuses and ultimately scares them. There is a strange power to it that I’ve only recently begun to understand and embrace. After many years trying to sort out exactly what they are scared of, most of the time converting the result into personal shame, there are now moments of monstrous pride.”
A little while back we excitedly featured the first single from alt-J’s forthcoming album, Hunger Of The Pine. Today we bring to you the stunning visual accompaniment to the song which has been heralded as potentially the most significant release for the band to date by fans and critics alike. The video provides an excellent sense of context the song and gives a more introspective look into the darker themes of physical pain as a result of longing. Hunger Of The Pine is born from piercing simplicity, organic sounds and tones herald a feeling of true warmth and it brings with it an assured sense that they’re on the cusp of a revelation.
Following a 5 year hiatus, London’s Jamie T has returned with a brand new single ‘Don’t You Find’. Hot off the back of his first show announcements, the single was debuted on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show and instantly struck a chord with us. With warm melancholic string arrangements creating a wonderful sense of space and contrast to the electronic base of the track, Jamie’s vocals bleed through and create a genuinely dramatic sense of lust and longing. It may not rise to the anthemic heights of his most recent release Kings & Queens, but we’re sure glad he’s back. Album to follow later this year.
Everyone loves a good comeback. Today, it’s everybody’s favourite Brooklyn duo (well, at least one of) The Drums’ turn with their first single in 3 years, titled ‘Magic Mountain’. As a follow up to their last studio album, Portamento, there was always going to be a level of expectation which followed as both Jonny Pierce and Jacbob Graham peeled off to pursue equally enthralling yet disparately styled solo projects. At it’s heart, Magic Mountain is indeed a return to spectacular form but with a little more roughness around the edges. The song at times produces a sense of unease, fuzzed out guitars and shrill synthesizers form the basis of this surging track whilst Pierce’s vocals keep things at bay before an incredible instrumental interlude builds even more tension. This is a track which will undoubtedly divide long time fans, but we think this is The Drums continuing to evolve and doing just what they do, which will always keep us coming back.
Melbourne’s Martha Brown aka Banoffee caught our ears last year with her stunning single ‘Reign Down’ and ever since we’ve been longing for new material. Today we bring you ‘Got It’, the next slice from Banoffee’s forthcoming EP. Got It brings a vibrant tapestry of textures and sounds to the table whilst some clever wordplay takes a hypnotising control and organic percussion slowly bleeds through, almost seeping into your very soul with every kick. It’s a pretty reinvigorating 3.5 minutes that showcases exactly why Banoffee has fast become a standout from the new wave representing a range of styles centred around future r&b.
Banoffee’s Debut EP is out in August 2014 through Two Bright Lakes
I’m not one for general sweeping statements, but the phrase ‘best song of the year’ has been thrown around a few times today. Interpol have today staked claim with their new single ‘All The Rage Back Home’, taken from forthcoming LP El Pintor. In what begins as a brief continuation of the lighter, more recent material, All The Rage Back Home strides with confidence and vocalist Paul Banks makes a fiery return with his signature tones amongst the fray of continually escalating chaos. The band who are now recording and playing as a trio have seemingly made a return to the hard hitting sound which earned them such high praise on their second album Antics, and El Pintor undoubtedly just became one of our most hotly anticipated releases for 2014. Check out the stunning video below.
The War On Drugs took to the David Letterman show stage earlier this week to deliver a mesmerising rendition of ‘Red Eyes’, a personal favourite of ours from their LP Lost in the Dream. The band delve a little deeper into some of the more intricate and washed out moments of Red Eyes in the video, lead vocalist/guitarist Adam Granduciel delivers a stunning if not understated performance with the extra help of late show regular Paul Shaffer. Crucial viewing.
The last time we heard new material from Death From Above 1979, it was the year 2004 and the only thing more devastating than their album You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine was the fact that the television show Friends was coming to an end. It’s a long time, right? Never fear, today they’ve released the first single from their forthcoming sophomore album The Physical World, which is aptly titled ‘Trainwreck 1979′. Having taken inspiration and motivation from their 2011 reunion tour (including Parklife around Australia), Sebastian and Jessie have returned with a lead single that truly revels in the band’s original sound whilst surging forward, finding a sweet contrast between heavier rock elements and danceable electronica. Check out the (decidedly average) video below:
Death From Above 1979 will release their second studio LP The Physical World on September 9th.
Melbourne’s Indian Summer are here to cure the Monday blues today with their brand new track ‘Shiner’, which features vocals from Missy of Ginger & The Ghost. The duo have made waves over the past 18 months, largely for their productions which have included originals ‘Foreign Formula’, ‘No Use’, ‘Aged Care’ (feat. Benjamin Joesph from SAFIA) and a slew of remixes for artists such as Elizabeth Rose, The Aston Shuffle and Jessie Andrews. Shiner is the sound of Indian Summer honing their craft in a very big way. The track carefully straddles the line between palatable pop and immersive, left of centre club music without ever dissuading purists of either. The pulsing nature of the track is lifted by Missy’s vibrant vocals onto a plane which bleeds colour and life to no end. We’re still not sure if this is meant for the club or our office stereo – but maybe that’s the point.
We think this collaboration between Melbourne’s Andrei Eremin and Fractures is one of the tastiest things we’ve heard recently. Eremin has recently garnered some well deserved recognition for his Production/Mixing/Mastering roles on records from Oscar Key Sung, Rat & Co., Naysayer & Gilsun, Chet Faker and Ara Koufax. Fractures, on the other hand, is releasing his long awaited debut EP tomorrow which features singles Embers, Twisted, Won’t Win and Ghosts as a bonus. Ghosts is a unique effort which from a production sense is informed by club music just as much as it is by more serene and awe-inspiring soundscapes. The track presents an incredibly powerful and fitting combination with Fractures on vocal duties – we certainly hope there’s more to come from these two.