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Zola Jesus - "Dangerous Days"

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Wisconsin native Zola Jesus (aka Nika Danilova) has released a new single from her forthcoming record, Taiga, and it points out all her strengths beautifully. On "Dangerous Days," Danilova sends forth a surging beat and sweeping synths that grow to sound positively triumphant. Of course, the main draw is still the same: that voice. Danliova's elemental, titanic voice has long been the centerpoint of her music, and for good reason: she finds surprising depth within what at first appears to be a sort of limited delivery. On this new track, she uses many of her tricks - going from low-key to wailing within seconds - and nails it. Her new record is said to be inspired by her Midwestern roots and Russian ancestry, and even though I can't really imagine what that clash would sound like, I'm eager to find out.

Taiga is out October 7 via Mute.

Lorde - "Team"

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New Zealand electro-pop artist Lorde is slated to release her debut LP, Pure Heroine, later this month. Above, you can stream the album's third single, "Team," whose upbeat vocal melody and dense synth arrangements coalesce into a piece of pop that's expectedly glitzy, but also a bit dark.

Pure Heroine is due for release on September 27 via Universal.

Glasser - "Design"


Glasser, the project of experimental singer-songwriter Cameron Mesirow, has a new song and video out in anticipation of her upcoming sophomore album Interiors. "Design" is an artsy electro-pop ditty accompanied by a decidedly minimalist video, shot in a lightly-furnished room inhabited only by a squirmy Mesirow and a space-bending metallic glob. Check it out above!

Interiors is due out October 8 via True Panther Sounds.