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!
The new Moonface record not only features a simple display of Spencer Krug’s vocals against his incredibly refined piano playing, but it’s also the Canadian singer-songwriter’s most personal record yet.
Be sure to check out this latest album from Chicago-based singer-songwriter Haley Fohr (a.k.a. Circuit Des Yeux). Overdue is her most expansive effort to date, with Fohr bringing in quite a few additional musicians to bring some structure and finesse to her swirling, psychedelic and abrasive, punky brand of folk-rock. But just because the LP opens with a string quartet doesn’t mean that Fohr is at all toning things done. These eight tracks have just as much force behind them as any of her past solo work–they’ve just been given a greater scope.
The first half of Overdue is available to stream above. Happy listening!
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!
Singer-songwriter Angel Olsen goes electric and heavy on this new track from her forthcoming record, which is set to drop via Jagjaguwar on February 18th! The title of this thing: Burn Your Fire For No Witness. While I’m not huge on this mid-paced, slightly lo-fi garage rock sound, Angel’s intensely passionate vocals still burn through the chaotic production. With a voice like this, I’m game for surprises this album has to offer. Enjoy!
Check a review for Angel’s previous release right here:
Massachusetts Singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler is about ready to release July, the follow-up to her mini-album The Sister from 2012. “Dead City Emily” is the first song to drop from it, and it basically gives us what we have come to expect: deftly plucked guitars, poetic lyrics, and ghostly beautiful vocals. Nadler has a knack for adding little touches to her songs that sound just perfect, such as the light synth washes and vibraphones (or steel drum?) that flit through this song. The album was produced Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth), and if this song is any proof, it will be a dark, cavernous, spectral listen.
July is out on February 10 via Sacred Bones, her first release since 2009 that is not being self-released, and first on this label.
Ab-Soul has hopped on a remix of Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé’s 2012 single “My Kind of Love.” This remix was dropped in conjunction with the single’s belated US debut, just this week. Thankfully, Ab-Soul’s strong flow and mature bars have made the wait well worth it. Give it a listen above!
In lieu of her upcoming string of live shows, Icelandic folk songstress Ólöf Arnalds (formerly of múm) has dropped a free four-track-long EP of previously unreleased material. Above, give a listen to “Af stað,” originally written by Arnalds for Björk and Sigur Rós’ 2008 Náttúra concert in Reykjavík. You can stream and download the full EP, as well as find info on her upcoming tour dates here via her Bandcamp page. Enjoy!
Earlier this year, Arnalds released her third studio album Sudden Elevation via One Little Indian. Notably, it was her first LP to be sung entirely in English.
Earlier this week, Canadian folk artist Basia Bulat dropped her third studio album, Tall Tall Shadow. Give a listen to the LP’s dynamic title track above. The song opens with plinking organ keys and Bulat’s sober croon, but this quickly gives way to a propulsive drum beat and piano part, and Bulat’s singing for the remainder of the track is delightfully bouncy and utterly captivating. If you like your folk with a bit of pop, then look no further!
Tall Tall Shadow is out now via Secret City Records.
Mark Kozelek has been extremely busy. After releasing last year’s Sun Kil Moon album Among the Leaves, he has released a slew of live albums, a collaboration with Desertshore, and a collaboration with Jimmy LaValle of The Album Leaf on this year’s magnificent Perils from the Sea. Now, he has announced a new Sun Kil Moon album, entitled Benji, due out in February, and here’s the first track to drop from it. Kozelek’s lyrics are still written in the same literal, story-telling fashion, and he’s still singing in that trademark Kozelek way. However, the piece as a whole has much more urgency than a lot of his output in recent years, especially with those off-kilter background vocals. And then those drums kick in at the end and it brings it all full circle.
Look for Benji on February 4, via Kozelek’s own Caldo Verde.