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28 New Songs Out Today

Aldous Harding
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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…

ALDOUS HARDING – “FIXTURE PICTURE”

“Fixture Picture” opens Aldous Harding’s new album, Designer, and was the only song off the album she didn’t play at her Rough Trade show — perhaps she was saving it until this terrific video was it. Shot on the cliffs of Dover, England, it’s tips its hat to Jodorowsky and Antonioni. And speaking of hats, she sports another amazing one. “There’s a definite vibe,” sings Aldous — and that vibe is sublime and heavenly.

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KAZU (BLONDE REDHEAD) – “SALTY”

Blonde Redhead singer Kazu Makino has announced her solo debut album, Adult Baby, which will be out later this year via her new Adult Baby imprint that will be distributed by electronic label K7! The first single is “Salty,” full of earthy electronics and her signature ethereal vocals. It features contributions from Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Ryuichi Sakamoto, Atoms For Peace percussionist Mauro Refosco, Son Lux drummer Ian Chang The video was filmed on Italy’s Elba Island where Kazu lives part of the year these days (must be nice!).

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JESCA HOOP – “SHOULDER CHARGE” (FT LUCIUS)

Jesca Hoop calls her new album Stonechild her “compassion project.” She made the album with John Parish (Aldous Harding, PJ Harvey), who she calls “a gentle collaborator until he killed one of my darlings,” adding, “I’ve never been so brutally edited, and I wasn’t shy about expressing my discomfort at the sight of my work on the cutting room floor. He said, ‘you will forgive me,’ and in some way I think I actually enjoyed that treatment…being stripped back to the bare basics…albeit painfully.” New single “Shoulder Charge” is lovely and ethereal and features backing vocals by Lucius. The LP’s out July 5 via Memphis Industries.

KEVIN ABSTRACT – “JOY RIDE” & “GEORGIA”

Brockhampton’s Kevin Abstract recently released the new single “Big Wheels” and today he packaged it with two more songs, “Joy Ride” and “Georgia,” under the name ARIZONA baby. Going by his recent Instagram teaser, this appears to be the first in a series of three EPs. The new songs were all produced by Jack Antonoff and Brockhampton’s Romil Hemnani, and like “Big Wheels,” the two new songs should appeal to fans of Brockhampton’s art-rap. “Joy Ride” is a kinetic, horn-fueled soul song, and “Georgia” is melancholic and R&B-tinged.

LOCAL NATIVES – “TAP DANCER”

Local Natives new album, Violet Street, will be out April 26 and they’ve just released this new single that, despite the title, has an elegiac ache to it. The video, though, plays to the title and stars contemporary choreographer Micaela Taylor.

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DEAD TO A DYING WORLD – “THE SEER’S EMBRACE”

Dead To A Dying World’s anticipated new album Elegy comes out next week via Profound Lore, and they’ve unleashed a second single, the super ambitious “The Seer’s Embrace.” The song features Thor Harris (ex-Swans) on percussion and guest vocals by The Angelus’ Emil Rapstine, and it fits everything from gorgeous strings to Neurosis-y post-metal to quiet post-rock in its 11-minute running time.

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THE MOUNTAIN GOATS – “SICILIAN CREST”

The Mountain Goats release their new album, In League With Dragons, on April 26 via Merge, and they’ve shared a third new single. “Sicilian Crest,” John Darnielle says,”lyrically, is more reminiscent of early Mountain Goats than anything since a couple of the songs on Heretic Pride — but began life as an in comprehensible title in a notebook, has its genesis in playing around at the piano with my son while a Moridira Hurricane and a Fender Twin on standby stood close at hand, and ended up being a cryptically political dance number with shades of New Order or the Alarm. My bandmates are going to kill me for referencing The Alarm in this announcement, and one of them will kill me twice if I don’t mention that the Alarm’s drummer’s name was “Twist.” So, should the worst come to pass, please enjoy my funeral.” John and host Joseph Fink also discuss the song on the most recent episode of the I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats podcast.

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SLOWTHAI – “GLORY BOX” (PORTISHEAD COVER) (ft. KAMAAL WILLIAMS & GRACE ACLADNA)

UK rapper slowthai teamed with jazz keyboardist Kamaal Williams and experimental pop artist Grace Acladna for a cover/rework of Portishead’s “Glory Box,” which slowthai added his own rapped verses too. Grace sings the chorus, and the whole thing is pretty cool and far from your average cover.

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LIL YACHTY & CHANCE THE RAPPER – “ATLANTA HOUSE FREESTYLE”

Chance the Rapper and his “Mixtape” collaborator Lil Yachty for this new freestyle. Yachty starts things off, and then Chance comes in with a deceptively sleepy flow and more than a few memorable one-liners.

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AMASON – “YOU DON’T HAVE TO CALL ME”

Swedish band Amason, which features Amanda Bergman (of Idiot Wind) Gustav Ejstes (Dungen), Pontus Winnberg (Miike Snow) and Petter Winnberg and Nils Törnqvist (Little Majorette), are finally back with a followup to 2015’s Sky City. The new album, details TBA will be out in August, but you can tide yourself over with new single “You Don’t Have to Call Me” now. “Some songs take forever to complete,” says Bergman of this anthemic ballad. “Seems like they’re sliding, indefinitely. Be it in and out of the ‘finished’ folder or in and out of your head. Changed and rearranged forever until it’s dead and dried out. This song is an example of the opposite. Bread, butter, cheese, eat. No nervous afterthoughts. We’re nothing but proud.”

MEGA BOG – “DIARY OF A ROSE”

Mega Bog, aka Erin Birgy, has announced her new album, Dolphine, which will be out on June 28. It’s her fifth LP and first for Paradise of Bachelors. First single “Diary of a Rose” starts off mossy and inviting, but then builds to an impressive tempest of wailing guitar.

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MATT BACHMANN – “WAVE HELLO”

Matt, who has played bass with Mega Bog, explores ambient instrumentals on his new solo album Walking Preference, which was inspired by Miyazaki soundtracks and “Nintendo fantasies.”

NEW IDEA SOCIETY – “WAVE GOODBYE”

New Idea Society — whose current lineup is Mike Law (Eulcid, Wild Arrows), Stephen Brodsky (Mutoid Man, Cave In, etc), Alan Cage (Quicksand), and Brian Cook (Russian Circles, Botch, Sumac) — are back from an eight-year hiatus and after releasing the new song “Now Is Here,” in February, they’ve now put out its b-side “Wave Goodbye.” It’s a six-and-a-half minute dose of sludgy, kinda psychedelic post-hardcore, and it’s really cool stuff.

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BLACK MOUNTAIN – “BOOGIE LOVER”

Following the very heavy “Future Shade,” Black Mountain have released a second single from the upcoming Destroyer, and “Boogie Lover” is less metal but way, way more psychedelic. It comes with the perfect visualizer for this kind of thing too.

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SLOW MASS – “SIREN”

Slow Mass, who are about to begin a tour with La Dispute and Gouge Away, are releasing a new 7″ this Friday with the On Watch outtake “Siren” and a Wilco cover. Unlike most of On Watch, “Siren” finds Slow Mass in atmospheric, Microphones-esque territory.

BLEACHED – “SHITTY BALLET”

Bleached have shared their first new song in two years, “Shitty Ballet.” About the song, Jennifer Clavin says, “Bleached has always been a pretty loud rock band so we felt it was time to explore a more stripped down style of playing. With the vulnerability of the lyrics we decided to carry that into the instruments as well for the first time recording with just an acoustic guitar and vocals. Sonic change is important to us right now. More of that coming soon.”

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PENELOPE ISLES – “CHLORINE” VIDEO

Brighton, UK band Penelope Isles, who wowed us at the New Colossus Festival last month, have officially announced their debut album, Until the Tide Creeps In, which will be out July 12 via Bella Union. Siblings Jack and Lily Wolter bring both swagger and melody and we’re looking forward to hearing more of the record. For now, here’s a new video for single “Chlorine.”

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OTOBOKE BEAVER – “DATSU, HIKAGE NO ONNA”

Japanese quartet Otoboke Beaver release their anticipated new album, ITEKOMA HITS, on April 26 via Damnably. Their new single “datsu, hikage no onna” pulls back slightly from the wild punk energy on display in some of their other songs but it’s no less enjoyable, or intense, for that caveat.

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MATT KIVEL – “TWO BRAIDS”

Matt Kivel, formerly of Princeton, is set to release his new solo album, last night in america, next month. “For about 17 years I’ve been writing songs with lyrics and music, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that if I do it right, I can write a piece of music that isn’t really a song at all, but still has the power to captivate and evoke a specific mood, message or time,” say Matt. Check out the pensive, dream “two braids” via its video (with very cool old-school projections).

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SILVERSUN PICKUPS – “IT DOESN’T MATTER WHY”

Los Angeles shoegazy rock band Silversun Pickups will release fifth album, Widow’s Weeds, on June 5. The record was produced by Butch Vig. The first single is the driving “It Doesn’t Matter Why” which features some lovely soaring strings.

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REGIONAL JUSTICE CENTER / WOUND MAN (SPLIT EP STREAM)

Powerviolence bands Regional Justice Center and Wound Man aren’t giving their split EP a physical release until next one, but the whole thing is out now on Bandcamp in all its whiplash-inducing glory.

JOANNA STERNBERG – “THIS IS NOT WHO I WANT TO BE”

NYC-based musician and songwriter Joanna Sternberg is releasing a new album, Then I Try Some More, due out July 5 via Team Love Records. Its first single, “This Is Not Who I Want to Be,” is a deeply felt ballad that’s heart-wrenching without being over the top.

LIZZO – “7 RINGS” (ARIANA GRANDE COVER)

Lizzo recently covered ubiquitous A Star is Born hit “Shallow,” and on an Elvis Duran Live performance she covered another huge hit song: Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings.” Lizzo’s version switches up some lyrics, and Ariana approves; she wrote in an Instagram story, “this made my whole day @lizzobeeating i love u so much”

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SPENCER RADCLIFFE & EVERYONE ELSE – “HERE COMES THE SNOW”

Spencer Radcliffe & Everyone Else release a new album, Hot Spring, on May 17 via Run For Cover. Twangy first single “Here Comes The Snow” is accompanied by a wintery video directed by Dakota Sillyman and John TerEick.

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J. ROBBINS – “SOLDIER ON”

Not only are Jawbox reuniting this year, frontman J. Robbins is releasing his debut solo album, and we wrote more about the catchy, punchy lead single “Soldier On” here.

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PELICAN – “MIDNIGHT AND MESCALINE”

“Midnight and Mescaline” is the first single off Pelican’s first album in six years, which we wrote more about here.

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SICK GAZELLE – “ATLANTIC”

Sick Gazelle is a new band with some familiar faces: Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, experimental saxophonist Bruce Lamont (of Yakuza, Bloodiest, Corrections House, and more), and ambient musician Eric Block (aka Veloce). Their debut album, Odum, consists of four tracks recorded live in studio during an improvised jam session, and as lead single/opening track “Atlantic” proves, some real magic came out of that jam session. Read more here.

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SHE KEEPS BEES – “KINSHIP”

“Kinship” is the title track off She Keeps Bees’ upcoming album, which we wrote more about here.

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