20 New Songs Out Today
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…
TROPICAL FUCK STORM - "WHO'S MY EUGENE?"
“I had a dream that I was served Brian Wilson’s face at a restaurant and it tasted good and I woke thinking that I had to write about the doomed facade of the American dream cos the famous beach boy couldn’t swim and Dennis drowned but that idea has been so over cooked by acid casualty hippies that I decided to write about my fear of falling in love with anybody because of the anxiety that they could either help me express myself or keep me locked in psychological torment a la Eugene Landry and Brian.” That's Tropical Fuck Storm's Erica Dunn on the band's slinky new single "Who's My Eugene?" The video trades off the lyrics' beach setting, too. New album Braindrops is out August 23.
HEAVEN'S CLUB (mem DEAFHEAVEN) - "MNEMONIC"
Deafheaven guitarist Shiv Mehra has a new synthpop/dreampop group, Heavens Club, that also includes Deafheaven drummer Dan Tracy, plus Nadia Kury, Chris Natividad, Ross Peacock and Luis Mayorga. “Heaven’s Club is the fog of memory and insubstantial fantasy,” Mehra says of the project. “The songs reside in the liminal space between love and the end of suffering. They reach toward an ambiguous desire for peace — a deeply felt longing.” Heaven's Club's debut Here There and Nowhere, is out September 27 via Profound Lore and first single "Mnemonic" has a bit of a Miami Vice vibe.
TR/ST - "IRIS"
The second part of TR/ST's The Destroyer will be out November 1 via Grouch Via House Arrest and you can check dark synthpop first single "Iris" now. "'Iris' is a very important moment on the record," says main man Robert Alfons, describing the track as "swallowing weight of shame, growth of fritillaries, and an ode to an eternal muse." TR/ST will be on tour this fall too.
MARIKA HACKMAN - "ALL NIGHT"
We've heard a couple upbeat, danceable tracks from Marika Hackman's forthcoming Any Human Friend, and now here's more of a slow jam. “I thought it would be exciting to write a really overtly sexual song about a woman from the perspective of a woman," says Marika. "You don’t hear much about sex between women in music, or if you do its usually from a fetishised male perspective, I thought I’d reclaim a bit of that power.” Any Human Friend is out August 9.
ROBBIE ROBERTSON - "I HEAR YOU PAINT HOUSES" (FT. VAN MORRISON)
The Band's Robbie Robertson will release new album Sinematic on September 20. He's been doing a lot of scoring work on films lately -- including Martin Scorsese's Netflix gangster film The Irishman (which pairs DeNiro and Pacino, plus Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel), and he says the new album is influenced by that. “I was working on music for The Irishman and working on the documentary, and these things were bleeding into each other,” Robertson said in a statement. “I could see a path. Ideas for songs about haunting and violent and beautiful things were swirling together like a movie. You follow that sound and it all starts to take shape right in front of your ears.” Check out first single “I Hear You Paint Houses" which features vocals from Van Morrison and was inspired by Charles Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses, which The Irishman is based on.
MILES DAVIS - "PARADISE"
A lost Miles Davis album from 1985, Rubberband, is finally coming out on September 6 via Rhino. The album's original producers Randy Hall and Zane Giles finished the project with Davis’ nephew and collaborator Vince Wilburn Jr, and they also brought in guest vocalists Ledisi and Lalah Hathaway. New single "Paradise," which also features guest vocalist Medina Johnson, is out now, and it's a groovy, Caribbean-inspired song that sounds very mid-'80s but sounds great today too. You can read more about the project here.
LAURIE ANDERSON, TENZIN CHOEGYAL & JESSE PARIS SMITH - "LOTUS BORN, NO NEED TO FEAR"
Art pop icon Laurie Anderson, Tibetan singer/multi-instrumentalist Tenzin Choegyal, and activist/musician Jesse Paris Smith (daughter of Patti) are releasing Songs from the Bardo on September 27 via Smithsonian Folkways. According to a press release, "The piece, first performed as a mostly improvisatory performance at New York’s Rubin Museum of Art, is a guided journey through the visionary text of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Over the course of a single, 80-minute ebb and flow of sound and words, this unique assemblage of artists, joined by cellist Rubin Kodheli and percussionist Shahzad Ismaily, has created a transporting experience, meant to draw the listener into the present moment and provide a framework for inner exploration." You can hear "Lotus Born, No Need To Fear" from the album now.
ALAN WALKER x A$AP ROCKY - "LIVE FAST"
A$AP Rocky has unfortunately been charged with assault in Sweden, but in much better news, EDM producer Alan Walker dropped a new song for the gaming network PUBG Mobile that features some fiery new bars from Rocky.
THE 1975 - "THE 1975"
The 1975 have shared the opening track of their upcoming album Notes on a Conditional Form. Like the opening tracks of their other three albums, it’s called “The 1975,” but unlike those songs, it doesn’t feature the same lyrics. It instead features teenage Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg.
FUNERAL ORATION - "L'ABISSO"
Italian black metal vets Funeral Oration (not to be confused with the Dutch punk band of the same name) are releasing their first album since their 1996 debut, Eliphas Love, on August 16 via Avantgarde Music. Going by the sound of lead single "L'abisso," this album is shaping up to be an excellent comeback.
FRIENDLY FIRES - "RUN THE WILD FLOWERS"
UK dance rock act Friendly Fires are back with their third album and first in eight years, Inflorescent, due out August 16. They've shared another new single, the glistening electro-bop "Run The Wild Flowers."
THE GREAT OLD ONES - "THE OMNISCIENT"
French Lovecraftian black metallers The Great Old Ones are releasing their new album Cosmicism on October 25 via Season of Mist, and lead single "The Omniscient" is nine and a half minutes of gripping modern-day black metal. Vocalist/guitarist Benjamin Guerry says, "We are very proud to present you 'The Omniscient,' the first extract of our new album. Follow the story of Wilbur Whateley and his destiny, directly linked with Yog -Sothoth, in a song full of epic feelings and dramatic tones. Yog-Sothoth is the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the key and guardian of the gate."
SARCASM - "VORTEX OF THE VULTURES"
Swedish death metal vets Sarcasm (not to be confused with the like 20 other bands called Sarcasm) are releasing the new album Esoteric Tales Of The Unserene on October 14 via Chaos Records, and new single "Vortex of the Vultures" is the perfect blend of evil heavosity and good melodies.
BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD - "SUNGLASSES"
Black Country, New Road are releasing a new single digitally on Dan Carey's label Speedy Wunderground and physically on the Thurston Moore-affiliated label Blank Editions, and like other recent Speedy Wunderground bands black midi and Squid, they're a young British band with a lot of buzz. The new eight-minute song (which was also mixed by Dan Carey) sees them exploring Slint-like territory with a little avant-jazz-rock in the mix too.
JAKEY - "NOT DEAD YET"
South Dakotan YouTuber NakeyJakey has spent the past three years producing videos that are thoughtful, well fleshed-out gaming/tech criticism or pop culture analysis. He also earnestly makes music and this passion sometimes makes the odd appearance on his channel. He’s the best. A while back he flew to our city and, with the help of friends and fans, made a sweet ass music video. It dropped today and I think it's great. It’s a banging jam and a love letter to the viral “Goth Dance Party” video that, to this day, gives me a sense of unease very few videos are capable of. Enjoy it!
TEGAN & SARA - "I'LL BE BACK SOMEDAY"
The first taste of Tegan & Sara's new album is here.
BLACK MARBLE - "ONE EYE OPEN"
808 STATE - "TOKYO TOKYO"
Manchester acid house icons 808 State will release their first new album in 17 years this fall -- here's the gurgling first single.
THIRD EYE BLIND - "SCREAMER" (ft. ALEXIS KRAUSS OF SLEIGH BELLS)
Third Eye Blind's quest for indie cred continues.
CHERUBS - IMMACULADA HIGH
Austin noise rock vets Cherubs' new album comes out tomorrow but you can stream the whole thing now and read more about it here.
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