British singer-songwriter Anna Calvi has shared the opening track from her upcoming sophomore album One Breath. “Suddenly” is the most dynamic of the project’s three singles, the other two being the electric art-rock stomp “Eliza” in August, and the simultaneously haunting and triumphant “Sing to Me” earlier this month. “Suddenly” begins gently enough as something of a muted art-rock dirge, but it explodes on the chorus with crunchy guitar tones, hearty bass, crashing percussion, and some glorious chanting from Calvi. Give it a listen above!
One Breath is slated for release on October 7 via Domino.
Turns out the legendary Nick Drake had a musical mother as well! Molly Drake is a collection of 19 songs, written and recorded at home in the 50s. Five of them are available for stream on her BandCamp page, and they consist solely of simple, sparse piano and Molly’s lovely, pretty voice.
Stream those songs and buy the entire album digitally via the link above, and look out for the physical release on October 15 via Squirrel Thing Records.
Connecticut duo Violent Mae has shared a track from its upcoming self-titled debut. On “Hole in My Heart,” Becky Kessler, winner of “Best Singer-Songwriter” at the 2012 Connecticut Music Awards, proffers an enchanting vocal melody and crisp guitar part. Drummer Floyd Kellogg, frontman of fellow New England act You Scream Scream I Scream, adroitly backs her; resulting in a smooth, sultry piece of indie rock.
Violent Mae is due out sometime this fall via Casa de Warrenton.
LA-based experimental singer-songwriter and M83 affiliate, Morgan Kibby, a.k.a. White Sea, has shared the opening track from her upcoming debut LP, In Cold Blood. “They Don’t Know” is an auspiciously booming piece of electro-pop that is lent an almost industrial edge by a murky guitar plugging away on the chorus. But it’s Kibby’s soaring vocal performance that really makes the song so captivating and exciting. Check it out above!
In Cold Blood is due out sometime next year via Mom + Pop.
Juana Molina used to be a hit comedic actress in her native Argentina, but ever since 1996, she has been making decidedly less funny work as a singer-songwriter. She crafts a unique blend of acoustic and electronic sounds, and often creates labyrinthine layers of her vocals. Her new album, Wed 21, comes out in October, and it’s her first since 2008’s glorious Un Día. This first song to drop from it is built upon a thumping, tricky meter, and simple, repetitious guitar riffs. The English chorus of “Come, come quickly” is oddly catchy, and the whole thing remains positively warm. Excited to see what the album brings.
Stream the track above via soundcloud. Wed 21 comes out on October 29 on Crammed Discs.
Glasser, the project of experimental singer-songwriter Cameron Mesirow, has a new song and video out in anticipation of her upcoming sophomore album Interiors. “Design” is an artsy electro-pop ditty accompanied by a decidedly minimalist video, shot in a lightly-furnished room inhabited only by a squirmy Mesirow and a space-bending metallic glob. Check it out above!
Interiors is due out October 8 via True Panther Sounds.
Canadian singer-songwriter Spencer Krug is getting ready to drop a new album under his Moonface project, which I wasn’t really excited about until I heard the track streaming above. Why? Honestly, I feel “Everyone is Noah, Everyone is the Ark,” has the kind of raw passion and lyrical focus that I’ve been looking for from Spencer since the last Sunset Rubdown album, Dragonslayer.
The instrumentation on this track is simple, consisting of Spencer’s vocals and some grandiose piano chords, but I couldn’t ask for more. Hopefully, every track on the forthcoming Krug album will be just as fiery. Julia with Blue Jeans On will be out on Jagjaguwar on October 29th.
Have you been looking for a track that’s moody, sexually starved, bitter, and intensely passionate all at once? Of course you have! Stream the new Meg Myers single above for just that. With lyrics this bold, this West Coast singer-songwriter can’t stay obscure for long, can she? Enjoy!
Julia Holter has a new video out for Loud City Song stand-out “This Is a True Heart.” The experimental songstress’ amusing take on espionage and hacktivism can be watched above. Enjoy!
Loud City Song is out now via Domino Records, and it’s exquisite. Catch a review for it below:
Stream: Anna Calvi – “Sing To Me”
“Sing to Me” is the second single from English singer-songwriter Anna Calvi’s upcoming sophomore LP One Breath. Unlike the electric lead single “Eliza,” “Sing to Me” begins as a haunting art-rock dirge that takes a triumphant turn – complete with orchestral strings – at about the halfway mark. Give it a listen above!
One Breath is due out October 7 via Domino Records.