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White Hinterland - "Ring the Bell"

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Casey Dienel's White Hinterland project has been extremely quiet since the release of their last LP, the great Kairos. Now, four years later, Dienel is ready to release the project's third album, Baby. The first track to drop from it, "Ring the Bell", sounds like a natural progression from the songs on Kairos, except this time Dienel is going for something less nocturnal. While she retains and expands upon the R&B/Dirty Projectors-influenced vocality of that album's highlights (especially the still-awesome "Cataract"), she also pushes the brightness level up to 11. This song is busy; so much more cacophonous and dizzying than anything she's done yet. The melody is full of surprising little twists, and the horns that enter partway through are a nice touch. I'm so glad White Hinterland are finally back, and this song gets me so pumped for their new LP.

Watch the lyric video above and look out for Baby on April 1, via Dead Oceans.

Linda Perhacs - "River of God"

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Folk legend Linda Perhacs has a similar MO to fellow folkie Vashti Bunyan. Both released a seminal folk album in 1970, and then virtually disappeared from the scene. Bunyan popped up again in 2005 with the lovely Lookaftering. Now, Perhacs is following up her debut, Parallelograms, with a sophomore LP entitled The Soul of All Natural Things. She has released a track from it, "River of God," is (no surprise) a pretty, hippy folk song with lots of words about nature, spirituality, and love. It might be a bit precious for some, but it is so aurally pleasing, and Perhacs' voice still sounds deeply lovely.

Stream above, and open your heart to The Soul of All Natural Things on March 4, via Asthmatic Kitty.

Tara Jane O'Neil - "Elemental Finding"

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Trickling vibraphone, lithe strings, and a delicate but assertive voice, this new Tara Jane O’Neil track, “Elemental Finding” makes me officially excited for her new LP, Where Shine New Lights. Every note is perfectly placed, and there is a quiet drone that washes underneath throughout, and the song ambles along unassumingly, slyly cramming itself into your brain. “You will never be my companion,” O’Neil intones, cementing the sadness the instruments all craft so effortlessly.

Listen above and get your minds ready for Where Shine New Lights out January 27, via Kranky.

Sun Kil Moon - "Ben's My Friend"

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I feel like it's been a while since a Sun Kil Moon song has begun with a cymbal smack. "Ben's My Friend," the closing track from SKM's upcoming album Benji, features more of leader Mark Kozelek's ever-quickening lyrical delivery, detailing an intricate story that starts with a conversation between he and his girlfriend, and ends up discussing his relationship with Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard (before they got big). It is all very matter of act and dryly funny (the repetition of the phrase "sports bar shit" is one of my favorite moments), and features some lovely sax and flamenco guitar, as well as some almost-confusingly double-tracked vocals.

Stream above, and keep an eye out for Benji released February 4 via Caldo Verde.

Ulcerate - "Confronting Entropy"

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New Zealand death metal perfectionists Ulcerate have a new single streaming via the widget above, and a new album on the way via Relapse records. The title: Vermis. Currently, the release date sits at September 17th, and "Confronting Entropy" shows the band continuing to explore their dense, impenetrable sound.

Catch a review for Ulcerate's last album below:

Chelsea Wolfe - "We Hit a Wall"

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The second single from Chelsea Wolfe's new LP, Pain Is Beauty, certainly lives up to its album's troubling and direct title. "We Hit a Wall" is a doom-folk trudge whose arrangements gradually grow more intense along with Wolfe's anguished, yet powerful vocals. The whole piece is exquisitely unnerving.

Pain Is Beauty will be released on September 3rd via Sargent House.

Infinity Shred - "Void Ripper"

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The lead single from NYC-based electronic music outfit, Infinity Shred, is now available to stream on Soundcloud. "Void Ripper" is taken from the act's upcoming full-length, Sanctuary, and is propelled by a spacey stream of futuristic, arpeggiated electronics that have a bit of a chiptune zest to them.

Sanctuary is due for release on September 10th via Ok Go's Paracadute label.