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21 New Songs Out Today

L'Epee (photo: Richard DUMAS)
L’Épée (photo: Richard DUMAS)

So many artists, so little time. Each week we review a handful of 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…

L’ÉPÉE (ANTON NEWCOMBE + LIMINANAS) – “THE LAST PICTURE SHOW”

French band The Liminanas have worked with Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman Anton Newcombe before, but here they team for a new band, L’Epee, that also includes Emmanuelle Seigner of Ultra Orange. The groups’s debut album, Diabolique, is a homage to Mario Bava’s classic spy flick Danger Diabolik, and the’ve just shared the first single from their debut full-length, which name-checks another film, “The Last Picture Show.” It’s terrific psych-stomper that forges the groups’ sounds into a new blade. The album is out September 13 via A Recordings.

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DEVENDRA BANHART – “ABRA LAS MANOS”

Devendra Banhart has shared a second single from his upcoming album Ma, which is out September 13 via Nonesuch. The album was inspired by him motherland, Venezuela and the video features a slideshow of amateur photographs taken from Flickr of Caracas and El Avila National Park.

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DRAB MAJESTY – “OUT OF SEQUENCE”

With their new album Modern Mirror out tomorrow, Drab Majesty have shared one last early taste via this video for “Out of Sequence.” Fans of classic ’80s goth will dig and the video looks straight out of the Reagan era, too.

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VERSUS – “GRAVITY”

Versus first album in nine years is out in a month and from what we’ve heard so far it looks to be worth the wait. “Gravity” is another great slice of classic indie rock with Richard Baluyut and Fontaine Toups voices still sounding wonderful together.

EVE – “RELOAD” (ft. KONSHENS)

Veteran rapper Eve is back with her first new single since 2013’s Lip Lock. It’s a reggae-tinged track featuring Jamaican dancehall artist Konshens, and it finds Ruff Ryders’ First Lady in fine form.

ELECTRIC YOUTH – “ARAWA”

Toronto duo Electric Youth rose to prominence with their Drive song “A Real Hero,” and they’re releasing their first new LP in four years, Memory Emotion, on August 9 via Watts Arcade Inc./Last Gang Records. New single “ARAWA,” short for “As Restless As We Are,” is a slice of chilly, dreamy synthpop. They have just one live date at the moment, which happens at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 17 (tickets)

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FRANK TURNER – “THE DEATH OF DORA HAND”

Frank Turner has shared a second single off his upcoming album No Man’s Land, which is dedicated to the lives of historical women “whose incredible lives have all too often been overlooked.” This one’s about 1800s Dodge City vaudeville star and philanthropist Dora Hand. The song also comes with a new podcast episode about Dora Hand, and you can hear both below.

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STICK TO YOUR GUNS – “DOVE AND FIST” (DEMO)

Earlier this week, we posted a Year of the Knife song and a Terror song from the five-way Pure Noise Records tour split, and now here’s a new demo version of “Dove and Fist” from Stick To Your Guns. “When the idea of doing a split 12-inch with YOTK, Sanction, Terror and Counterparts for the Pure Noise Tour came up, we obviously wanted to do it,” the band said. “We made an incredible plan to deliver a new song quickly in effort to meet deadlines. Hardcore and life can be similar in that they never go quite as planned. As a result, what we have here is a demo version of ‘Dove And Fist.'”

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THE PROLETARIAT – MOVE (ALBUM STREAM)

Boston punks The Proletariat were on the legendary This Is Boston, Not L.A. compilation, but always had more of an arty sound with a Gang of Four influence than the other bands on the comp. They reunited a few years ago, and earlier this year they released their first new album since the ’80s, Move. It came out back in April (but we just noticed it via No Echo’s review), and it finds the band’s arty punk sound in fine form. It was produced by Lou Giordano, who worked with The Proletariat back in the day (and later went on to work with much bigger bands like the Goo Goo Dolls), and it’s got clear, modern production that helps The Proletariat come roaring into the 21st century with an album that recalls their heyday but still sounds fresh.

DOE PAORO – “MIDNIGHT CHOIR”

Brooklyn singer and songwriter Doe Paoro released Soft Power last year via ANTI-, and now she’s shared the slow-burning “Midnight Choir.” About the song, she says, “‘Midnight Choir’ is a song I originally wrote with and for another artist, who had approached me to write for his record. He never used the song and I forgot about it, too. Almost three years later, I was on a long flight and going through old demos and the song came up. I felt touched by it and wanted to record it for myself. I remember when we wrote this song, it was in the golden hour, the lyrics came naturally …, and I wondered how something could be so melancholic and uplifting at the same time. I am starting to think these worlds are not so far apart.”

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MIZMOR – “DESERT OF ABSURDITY”

One-man black metal band Mizmor (aka מזמור) is following 2016’s Yodh with the new album Cairn on September 6th via Gilead Media, and first single “Desert of Absurdity” is out now. It’s a lengthy, ten-minute burner that treks through acoustic guitars, blackened intensity, lumbering sludge/doom, and more, before wrapping up on a quiet, eerie note.

BON IVER – “FAITH” & “JELMORE”

Bon Iver announced his new album and shared two more songs off of it, “Faith” and “Jelmore.”

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PORTRAYAL OF GUILT – “SCARCITY”

Texas screamo band Portrayal of Guilt announced a new EP, and we wrote more about lead single “Scarcity” here.

TAYLOR MCFERRIN – “NOW THAT YOU NEED ME”

Former Brainfeeder artist, R+R=NOW member, and son of Bobby McFerrin, Taylor McFerrin announced a new album and shared the very good lead single “Now That You Need Me.” Read more here.

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PIETA BROWN – “ASK FOR MORE”

Folk/Americana musician and songwriter Pieta Brown is releasing a new album, Freeway, on Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records, and she’s shared new single “Ask For More,” a stripped down folk song with gentle instrumentation.

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ENFORCED – “RECKONING FORCE”

Richmond crossover thrashers Enforced are releasing a new album next week and we wrote more about the ripping new single “Reckoning Force” here.

FUR – “NOTHING (UNTIL SOMETHING ELSE COMES ALONG”

Hailing from Brighton, England, FUR make infectious, throwback guitar pop, with one foot in innocent, early sock hop rock n’ roll, and the other in peak Britpop. After a couple well-received singles, FUR released their debut EP earlier this year and they’re already back with a new single.

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THE LION KING SOUNDTRACK

Yesterday, Beyonce shared “Spirit” from her companion album to the new Lion King remake (in which she voices Nala), and today the soundtrack for the movie is out. It features versions of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (by Beyonce, Childish Gambino Billy Eichner, and Seth Rogen), “Hakuna Matata” (by Childish Gambino, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, and JD McCrary), “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” (by JD McCracy, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and John Oliver), “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (by Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen), and more.

SUR BACK – “NOSTALGIA IN MOTION”

“’I’m not your nostalgia in motion’ is a declaration with infinite applications, but for me it was a version of something I said to someone that meant, essentially, a relationship can’t be built on happy memories alone,” says Sur Back of her new single. “It needs a present in order to make up for the tragic ones.” Musically, the single is all high drama, gothy in a romantic, Shelley sort of way, with pinging samples and orchestral synths, and Caroline’s ethereal voice driving things along.

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COLLAPSING SCENERY – “ST SERAPHIM REDUX”

“St. Seraphim Redux” is the new single from Collapsing Scenery’s new album, Stress Positions — read more about it here.

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