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Deerhunter Element

So many artists, so little time. Each week we review five new albums (of all genres), round up even more new music that we’d call “indie,” and talk about what metal is coming out. We post music news, show recaps, track premieres, and more all day. That includes a lot of tour announcements, a list of tonight’s NYC shows, and NY shows that just went on sale. We publish a monthly playlist of some of our favorite tracks. Here’s a daily roundup with a bunch of interesting, newly released songs in one place…

DEERHUNTER – “ELEMENT”

Deerhunter’s anticipated, Cate Le Bon-produced new album Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? comes out next month and the band have now released a second single from it. Like previous single “Death In Midsummer,” “Element” reveals a softer, more laid-back version of Deerhunter and it suits them well.

WIKI – “ELIXIR” (ft. JJ & OBONGJAYAR)

Having recently released “In The Park” and appeared on Remy Banks’ “And More,” NYC rapper Wiki is now back with another new single. It features two guests from London, who help put a new spin on Wiki’s sound, but Wik’s classically New York rhymes still cut as sharp as knives.

SWERVEDRIVER – “THE LONELY CROWD FADES IN THE AIR”

OG shoegazers Swervedriver are back with new album Future Ruins next month and here’s a third song from the record, that really highlights what the band do so well, mixing the beautiful with the noisy, complete with their signature harmony style.

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STEVE GUNN – “STONEHURST COWBOY”

“’Stonehurst Cowboy’ is a tribute to my late father, who passed away in 2016,” says Steve Gunn, whose new album, The Unseen In Between, is out in January. “Stonehurst is an area in Southwest Philadelphia where both my parents grew up. Heavily affected by the Vietnam War, he became an adult at hyperspeed after high school when he was drafted — though he didn’t end up actually fighting in Vietnam.  He was too young to know what the hell was going on when the war broke, and it wasn’t until he, his brothers, and friends came back to make any sense of it.” It’s a delicate and lovely tribute that showcases Steve’s considerable talents as a guitarist.

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XIU XIU – “SCISSSSSSSORS”

Xiu Xiu announced a new album, Girl With a Basket of Fruit, due out February 8, 2019, with a slightly expanded lineup: Jamie Stewart, Angelo Seo and Thor Harris are joined by Jordan Geiger of Appleseed Cast and Hospital Ships. Angelo produced the new album, along with Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier, and she also also directed the video for first single “Scisssssssors,” along with Anna Lian Tes. It’s the first in a planned three-video series.

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HANA VU – “GYPSY” (FLEETWOOD MAC COVER)

Los Angeles songwriter Hana Vu released her debut EP How Many Times Have You Driven By earlier this year via Luminelle, and she’s shared a sparkling, synthy new cover, of Fleetwood Mac’s “Gypsy.” “”Gypsy’ is the height of vocal, instrumental, and lyrical intricacy,” Hana told Highsnobiety. “It is almost forbidden to cover such a monumental track.” Yet here we are.

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MORMOR – “PASS THE HOURS”

New-ish Toronto artist MorMor followed his 2018 EP with a new song today, and we wrote more about it here.

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HEALTH – “SLAVES OF FEAR”

HEALTH finally announced a new album and released the first single, which we wrote more about here.

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AMERICAN STEEL – “STATE OF GRACE”

Bay Area punk vets American Steel are back with their first new song in nine years, which will come out on a two-song single this Friday via Fat Wreck Chords. Read more here.

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TEEN DAZE – “HIDDEN WORLDS”

Teen Daze (real name Jamison Isaak) will release a new album in 2019 and while details are scant, he’s just released this transportive new single, layered with flutes, washes of synth, vocoder and balearic beats. If you miss the Swedish duo Studio this is very much in that sonic realm.

JR SLAYER – “HALF LYFE”

JR Slayer (aka Cody Votolato of The Blood Brothers, Head Wound City, Jaguar Love, etc) is releasing a new album in February and we wrote more about new single “Half Lyfe” here.

TULLYCRAFT – “PASSING OBSERVATIONS”

Seattle indiepop cult heroes and proud twee flag-flyers Tullycraft have been mostly on hiatus since 2013, but will return with their first new album in six years, titled The Railway Prince Hotel, on February 8 and here’s the first single:

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