Finnish rock group The Scenes evidently feel anorexia is boring, but thankfully their music is anything but. This song is catchy, catchy, catchy. The “twiggy” guitar tones, that “woohoo-ooh” falsetto vocal, and my gosh that finale! – they all add up to an unlikely earworm. And of course there’s a good, powerfully-delivered message here: anorexia blows; lead a healthy lifestyle and be cool with your body, y’all. Check the track and its simple B&W music video out above.
“Anorexia Is Boring” is taken from the band’s upcoming LP Beige, which is due out in April via Sound of Finland. Be on the lookout for it!
This passionate, smooth little piece of indie rock comes courtesy of Future Islands. Their new single “A Dream of You and Me” has a really appealing sensitivity to it, especially in the lead vocal’s just-on-the-brink-of-quavering sincerity. The bright guitar, bass, and keyboard tones add a playful element to the proceedings, everything combining to make an emotive, catchy track. It’s accompanied by some slightly abstract images that move along in what looks like stop-motion.
Future Islands’ new record Singles is out March 25 via 4AD.
Lykke Li’s sophomore record might have been somewhat infamously spurned here at TND, but we are pretty stoked for her new one! Li has just announced her third LP, I Never Learn, and has released this gorgeous, heartbreaking video for album track “Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone”. The track features nothing but Li’s voice and a simple acoustic guitar, but that’s all she needs for this one. The melody slowly ebbs and flows into these painfully emotive peaks, culminating in the glorious climax around the 3 minute mark where she takes what seems like a natural, unplanned pause. The sadness in that rest is palpable. This song is all about Li’s passionate vocal. Simplicity has worked for her before (especially on tracks like “Silent My Song“) and it serves her very well here. Li claims this new record is comprised almost entirely of “power ballads”, and if they are all of this caliber, I think we are in for a (wrenching) treat.
I Never Learn is out May 6 via LL/Atlantic.
Austere and cold and knotty. These are some words I would use to describe the second track to drop from the new White Hinterland record, Baby. This title track is dramatic, playing with multiple layers of Casey Dienel’s voice (some of which are under some sort of robotic effect), skittering beats, and synth stabs, while still retaining the lite-R&B vibe she has taken to as of late. The refrain of “Is this my weakness?” grows more and more insistent, until the glorious climax, where all of her voices come head to head in their beautiful, gruff imperfection. Ending with a short coda of completely unadorned, almost-screeching voice is a brave move on Dienel’s part, and it pays off immaculately.
Baby is out April 1, via Dead Oceans.
A sharp, percussive, repetitive beat and a more-intense-than-usual string progression rule the proceedings on this new Owen Pallett track, taken from his upcoming record In Conflict. The whole thing has much more urgency than a song of his has had in years (“Many Lives -> 49 MP” or the ending of “This Lamb Sells Condos” come close). Nevertheless, “The Riverbed” is a pretty thrilling direction to hear Pallett taking his music, and it comes accompanied by a nice video showing an older man (played by Pallett’s uncle) going out on a date with a woman, being heckled by “jerks” (as they are listed in the credits – one played by Pallett himself) and then the older man going out the next day and presumably beating the crap out of them. Surprisingly fitting, actually, as this song’s constantly increasing force sounds like great fight music.
In Conflict is out May 13 via Domino. While you’re at it, check out the other new track of his to drop, “On a Path”, which is also quite good.
Wolfe and Dude find themselves in the midst of an atmospheric, tortured duet that calls out to the likes of Nick Cave or Michael Gira. If you like your folk with a gothic edge, then hop on this quickly.
The song streaming above is a part of a forthcoming 7″ titled Sing More Songs Together…, which is dropping on March 25th via Not Just Religious Music. There’s only gonna be a thousand copies of this thing, too
This isn’t the first time Wolfe and Dude appeared on the same 7″ together, and it’s great to see the collaborative element of this second go-around runs even deeper. Enjoy!
Bon Iver drummer S. Carey put out a gently beautiful solo debut a couple years back called All We Grow, and is now ready to release a follow-up, entitled Range of Light. He had dropped a single from it, “Fire-scene”, and now that single has a video. It is more or less a series of images of a frozen, beautiful winter landscape, full of icicles and trees and mountains. A fire is built. Looks toasty. It is all very appropriate, given the soft, pretty nature of the song itself. The refrain of “All I want is honesty” seems fitting for these visuals, because in the end, what is more honest than the harsh gorgeousness of nature.
Range of Light is out April 1 via Jagjaguwar.
Joan as Police Woman has released an energetic new video for her recent single “Holy City” from her forthcoming fourth LP, The Classic. The video features a series of different setups, each behind a freshly opened curtain, in which Joan Wasser is dressed in a different get up, surrounded by lots of happy people. In one she sports a 70s afro, and in one she is a buttoned up housewife, for example. It’s a lot of fun, so you should just go watch it now!
The Classic is out March 11 via PIAS.
You should know about Girl Band – they’re a noisy-as-all-get-out post-punk outfit hailing from Dublin. They have a new video out for their latest single, “Lawman,” which at over six minutes, shows off the band’s prowess in working with repetitive grooves. The video is appropriately dank, shot in B&W in a dark, featureless room through what looks to be a low-quality security camera. The visuals become very staticky as the members start going apeshit on their respective instruments towards the backend of the song. You, too, can lose your mind to their music; just click that play button right up there and enjoy!
You can download “Lawman” (as well as its very breezy B-side “Heckle the frames”) for free via the group’s Bandcamp.