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.
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.
I’m astounded by the level of bad-assery this new HAIM video reaches. But just what is it that makes it so damn captivating? The concept is simple – the three sisters are moving along (choreography courtesy of Fatima Robinson) to Days Are Gone cut “If Could Change Your Mind,” an earworm if there ever was one. And there’s little in the way of set design; the glowing “HAIM” sign being the only piece, really. Of course what decor there is, it’s all very, very retro.
But HAIM’s execution, as always, is what keeps things from becoming that awful kind of “sickeningly retro.” The sisters aren’t romanticizing the past for the sake of it or because it’s in style. Frankly, they look a little dorky doing their thing in this video. Still, when Danielle pops the collar of her leather jacket here, you’d better believe it’s a sincere gesture. Really, this video as a whole is a sincere gesture – the HAIM sisters are making the music they want to make and you can tell they’re having a blast dancing to it.
And most importantly, they look completely assured. If you don’t wish you were up on that stage dancing along with them; well, tough shit – it’s your loss.
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 might have seen Chelsea Wolfe’s “Feral Love” recently used in 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:
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.
This video for D/A/D’s “Orion Beach” is like if an N64 mated with an Atari Jaguar and its offspring was a warped version of Wave Rider. It’s the perfect backdrop for D/A/D’s delightfully kitschy synth-rock, which screams to be blasted during high-speed jet ski sequences. I want to play this video, which I’m pretty sure is a compliment.
“Orion Beach” appears on The Construct, the second edition of which is out next week via Hausu Mountain.
We’ve been pretty stoked about this Jorge Elbrecht and Ariel Pink collaborative project ever since they dropped one of 2013′s best singles, “Hang on to Life,” last summer. You might recall the single later receiving a crazy, smokey music video that was equally great.
Well, second single “Called to Ring” has received the same treatment. The video features a strange camo-clad band playing along to the song in slow motion, occasionally being interrupted by the conjoined, mask-wearing faces of Pink and Elbrecht mouthing the lyrics. Like the previous one, it’s a trip. Hopefully there’s a full-length in the cards for Jorge Elbrose because this pair has proven to be just a machine at turning out obscenely catchy songs.