Golden-haired pop songstress Sia drops yet another song from her forthcoming record, 1000 Forms of Fear. It's dropping July 8th.
The beloved Mariam The Believer drops a simple, somber organ ballad with the track "To Conquer Pain With Love," which is set for release on a forthcoming EP titled The Wind. Not only was this track build of first takes, but it seems all the tracks on this EP will be organ ballads. The release date is June 18th, and I'm told we can expect more experimental EPs from Mariam in the future. Enjoy!
Queens of the Stone Age drop one of the more unsettling music videos of this year, featuring loads of stuffed animals, a toothed piano, and a vampire woman that's gonna be haunting your nightmares for the next several weeks. Props to directors Kii Arens and Jason Trucco.
Catch a review for the band's new album ...Like Clockwork below:
Scottish alt-hip hop trio Young Fathers have left me pretty impressed with their creative lo-fi fusions of rap, African music, reggae, and more on the two "tapes" they've dropped thus far, but I've always thought there was more potential in what the group was offering--especially if the sounds they were working with were more hi-fi. The song "LOW" seems to toy with the idea of that, featuring the best recording I've heard on a Young Fathers song yet. The singing, rapping, and primal beat ring through clearly, and give this tender ballad dynamics it needs to move emotions and groove crowds. Watch, listen, and enjoy! Oh, and the trio is already set to drop a new album in February titled DEAD, so look out for that!
Check a review for Young Fathers' Tape Two below:
California lo-fi and noise rock duo No Age have a new album on the way via Sub Pop Records that's due in August. The title is An Object, and the tracks to drop thus far from the album--including the one embedded above--haven't really gotten me very excited for the LP.
So far, songs like "An Impression" are forecasting a step backward into the more lo-fi aesthetic of the band's early EPs and demos. I suppose that won't be a bad thing if they continue to toss in surprises like the beautifully layered strings that manage to pop in toward the end of this track!
Catch a review for the band's previous album below:
Singer-songwriter Jenny Hval has a sharp, interesting voice that is equally matched by the odd beauty of the music she surrounds herself with. This adventurous personality Hval's got was also on display through the track I previously posted on this blog, "I Called," which is much noisier. In contrast, "The Seer" is a chilly ballad where the vocals really lead the way through droning layers of organ and sparse percussion toward the finish. Enjoy!