Lykke Li – I Never Learn

The new Lykke Li record is her saddest and most heartbroken release yet.

Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots

Damon Albarn’s latest record may be slightly passionless and relentlessly dreary, but he delivers some stand-out songs throughout the tracklist here.

Sharon Van Etten – “Every Time The Sun Comes Up”

No holds barred on this new Sharon Van Etten track. With some elongated, expressive vocal melodies, I think she’s delivering some of her most straightforward lyricism yet. The spacious instrumentation complements her confident vocal delivery fantastically, and the chorus on this thing flourishes beautifully with vocal harmonies bright, shimmering guitars.

Look for Sharon’s new record, Are We There, on May 27th via Jagjaguwar.

Carla Bozulich – Boy

Bringing together elements of folk, blues, experimental rock, and noise, Carla Bozulich makes one of the most unorthodox singer-songwriter records you’ll hear this year.

Timber Timbre – Hot Dreams

Even though it leaves me starving for more, Timber Timbre’s latest record features some of the best tracks and instrumentation to ever come out of this project.

White Hinterland – Baby

White Hinterland’s third album is the most instrumentally complex thing I’ve heard this project deliver thus far. Not only that but mastermind Casey Dienel’s voice is sounding better than ever between all of these power piano ballads and dense, soulful art pop tunes.

White Hinterland – “Ring The Bell”

Be sure to check out this beautifully shot music video from White Hinterland for her songĀ “Ring the Bell.” The Baby highlight is set to imagery of her doing such things as traversing a snowy and icy landscape, dressing and making herself up completely in white in a pure white room furnished with only a mirror, and standing in front of a wall of skulls. Watch it above and enjoy!

Baby is out now via Dead Oceans. It’s pretty stellar:

Beck – Morning Phase

While the more slow, syrupy side of Beck’s discography appeals to many, it never has to me. Morning Phase shows beck returning to the stomping grounds of albums like Mutations and Sea Change, but with instrumentation and tunes that are far more uninteresting.

Sun Kil Moon – Benji

Blue crab cakes.

Chelsea Wolfe – “Feral Love”

You might have seen Chelsea Wolfe’s “Feral Love” recently used inĀ trailer for the fourth season of Game of Thrones. But the song has since gotten its own proper music video, which itself is apparently an excerpt from an upcoming feature-length film called Lone. I haven’t a clue what the hell kind of movie that’s going to be, given some this short’s visuals–why’s someone kissing a crucifix; why’s that dude have blood on his hands; and who the fuck’s that forearm-less, mask-wearing bro at 2:46?! Whatever, it’s a Chelsea Wolfe vid, and in that context, it’s all just pretty bad-ass. Enjoy!

Y’all probably know we loved Pain Is Beauty, but in any case, here’s a reminder: