She’s back! Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, has announced that her long-awaited new record, St. Vincent, the follow up to her fantastic 2011 LP Strange Mercy, will be out February 25. The first single to drop from it is “Birth in Reverse,” a banging, electric, percussive track with killer guitar licks (as per usual for Ms. Clark, the little wiz). The song opens with the bound-to-be-infamous line “Oh what an ordinary day / Take out the garbage, masturbate,” but don’t let that first impression turn you away. The song blossoms into a super catchy chorus, and it’s all so lovingly, beautifully produced. This is going to be good, I can tell.
St. Vincent is out Feb 25, via Loma Vista. Rock out to the single above!
After putting out one of the best singles of this year, Ariel Pink and Jorge Elbrecht team up for another track under the name Jorge Elbrose. The song streaming above is actually set to land on a forthcoming Mexican Summer 10″ compilation and book that celebrates five years of the label’s existence. Check it out here.
Some Brazilian baroque pop from Baleia on the song “Breu,” which features some pretty beautiful melodies, rushes of strings, and piano segues. I like how lavish the instrumentation is, and how the really distorted, lo-fi guitar contrasts that with some overt roughness. It’s a nice touch. The instrumentation always seems to be changing up in some significant way, which keeps things engaging from beginning to end. Enjoy, and stream the rest of the album here.
The latest release from songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Devonte Hynes, a.k.a. Blood Orange, engages in some of the most excruciating 80s revivalism I’ve heard all year.
Californian singer and model Sky Ferreira’s full-length debut leaves a lot to be desired outside of the album’s handful of enjoyable pop songs.
On this new track, “Half-Hearted Love,” Clare Maguire sounds wise beyond her 26 years. She sings in a fairly low, commanding register, and her voice has a quivery vibrato akin to a less unhinged Beth Gibbons or Fiona Apple. It is her best tool, and it’s the biggest reason why this fairly straightforward 60s-esque pop song is not simply a forgettable tune.
Stream it above, and enjoy!
Australian producer Flume just released a commercial mixtape where he featured a slew of different singers and rappers, so he’s obviously works well with others.
His next project consists of several tracks hammered out with a collaborator from his recent past, Chet Faker. The title: Lockjaw EP. It’s currently looking at a November 26th release date in the U.S., and the first single from it is a moving ballad that’s been paired with some great visuals via the embedded video above. Enjoy!
The members of Seattle “spazzcore” quartet Postmadonna appear to be in desperate need of some Ritalin. But the animated, effervescent results of their latest self-titled effort are cause for us all to hope that they never want to shake their ADHD. Released earlier this year, Postmadonna is comprised of nine frenetic tracks that giddily and abruptly bounce from one math rock riff and prog-pop hook to the next; so many times within a single track that listeners will be left trying to catch their breath once the album’s deceptively breezy 25-minutes are up. Stream the LP in full via the bandcamp widget above, and enjoy where the sugar rush takes you!
A video for the latest single from Swedish singer-songwriter Jenny Wilson. This cut comes from her latest record, Demand The Impossible. With the aged recording and faux futurism going on in the music and visuals here, there’s no doubt that Jenny Wilson’s got an active imagination. Strong electronic beats pulsate against robotic vocals and eerie lead melodies on this thing, and it takes a while setting the stage with some patient piano chords. Definitely some epic ambitions flowing through this thing.
Check another video and single from Demand The Impossible below:
Alternative rock outfit Cage the Elephant completely surprises me with a record of songs that have uniformly interesting production, energetic performances, memorable hooks, sharp melodies, and a pretty diverse array of instrumentation.