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Jessica Pratt
Jessica Pratt (photo by Samuel Richard)

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…

JESSICA PRATT – “POLY BLUE”

Jessica Pratt’s upcoming album Quiet Signs is already feeling like one of the most anticipated albums of 2019, and second single “Poly Blue” is keeping that anticipation high. It has all the raw charm of her earlier, home-recorded material, but it also benefits from some subtle embellishments thanks in part to it being Jessica’s first album recorded in a professional studio. It’s really gorgeous sounding stuff.

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CHRISTINE & THE QUEENS – “NO ORDINARY LOVE” (SADE COVER)

Christine & The Queens have covered Sade’s hit “No Ordinary Love” for the Spotify Singles series. She recorded it at London’s legendary RAK Studios. Their take is just a little more minimal than Sade’s original but no less swooning.

PHOEBE BRIDGERS – “FRIDAY I’M IN LOVE” (CURE COVER)

Also part of the Spotify Singles series is Phoebe Bridgers’ lovely, delicate and just a little spooky take on The Cure’s 1992 hit “Friday I’m in Love” which she recorded at Spotify Studios in NYC. Meanwhile, did you hear her new holiday song?

THOM YORKE – “OPEN AGAIN” (ACOUSTIC)

Thom Yorke recently released his score for the Suspiria remake, which also includes some proper new songs. One of those, “Open Again,” has now been given the acoustic treatment in a new radio session that Thom did. It’s a beautiful take on the song, and as just as worth hearing as the original.

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PRIMITIVE MAN – “OILY TEARS”

West Coast sludge bands Primitive Man and Hell are releasing a spit on February 22 via Translation Loss, and Primitive Man’s “Oily Tears” from that split is now here. It’s as crushing as abrasive as you’d hope for from these guys. Play this one loud.

MYRKUR – “BONDEN OG KRAGEN”

Danish black metal/folk/pop blender Myrkur is releasing a new two-song EP Juniper this Friday, and after already sharing the title track, she has now unleashed a reinterpretation of traditional Danish folk song “Bonden og Kragen,” which dates back to around 1600. As Myrkur has done with traditional folk songs in the past, she keeps that centuries-old timeless charm, but it gives it a nice modern spin and really makes it her own.

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SLEEPER – “LOOK AT YOU NOW”

“Look at You Now” is the Britpop era band’s first single in 21 years and has Louise Wener and company in fine melodic form — as well as looking at the surprising place Sleeper find themselves in in 2018.

AUTECHRE – “SINISTRAIL SENTINEL”

Veteran electronic producers Autechre have shared the menacing “Sinistrail Sentinel” via Adult Swim Singles. The 11-minute track is challenging and uncompromising, which is as you’d expect from this duo.

Y LA BAMBA – “CUATRO CRAZY”

Portland’s Y La Bamba return with a new album, Mujeres, on February 8 via Tender Loving Empire. “This song was written in San Francisco about connections that come and go, and the beauty of sharing experiences while making art and letting it be the energy that heals and supports each others vision,” says Luz Elena Mendoza. “I think it’s beautiful to learn the many ways we can express love.” Mendoza’s voice is something to behold here, sounding a little like Cocteau Twins if Mac Demarco joined on guitar.

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KYLE CRANE – “NICOLE” (FT. BEN BRIDWELL)

Kyle Crane is a revered drummer, having toured in Neko Case and M. Ward’s bands, among others. He makes music on his own and will release new album, titled Crane Like the Bird (which is how we imagine he tells pizza places his name when placing a phone order) on January 18. The record features an array of special guests, including Conor Oberst, James Mercer (The Shins), Luke Steele (Empire of the Sun), Sabina Sciubba (Brazilian Girls), Peter Morén (Peter Bjorn and John), M. Ward, Blake Mills, acclaimed pedal steel guitarist Daniel Lanois and jazz pianist Brad Mehldau. “Nicole” features Ben Bridwell and shows that Crane has more skills than just those behind the drumkit.

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HOMESHAKE – “NOTHING COULD BE BETTER”

Homeshake, aka Peter Sagar who used to be in Mac DeMarco’s band, will release new album, Helium, in February and here’s an airy new single that complete with a oddly hypnotising computer-animated music video.

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JUAN WAUTERS – “A VOLAR”

The former Beet will release his new solo album, La Onda de Juan Pablo, which he made on the road across Latin America, in January. “A Volar” was recorded in Mexico City, as was its charming music video.

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