The first single off Long Island band Crow Bait’s upcoming debut album, Sliding Through The Halls Of Fate, balanced hangdog sentiments and guitar heroics in a way that was muscular and vulnerable. Their newest, “The Ocean,” starts a little gentler, but pretty quickly hits an even bigger and more yearning groove. It’s a good way way to sum up what they do so well, and fits just right as the album’s opening track. Listen below.
Pink Mountaintops are gearing up to release Get Back, their first album in nearly half a decade. Outside of the head-scratchingly strange “North Hollywood Microwaves,” featuring a guest rap from Annie Hardy, the band’s singles have been in the vein of the solid rock music for which they’re known. Now you can hear the newest single, “The Second Summer Of Love,” a yearning Clash-style stomper below.
After SXSW, Four Tet was on my flight from Austin to Charlotte. I saw him sitting up in first class, feet stretched out, drinking Naked juice and reading The Goldfinch, all casually baller. He looked like a man who knows how to live life. But given the ridiculous volume of his recent output, I’m almost surprised he wasn’t putting together a new track right there on his laptop. In recent months, he’s been crazy busy, producing albums for Omar Souleyman and Neneh Cherry, working with Jamie xx and Terror Danjah and whoever else, throwing new music up on the internet all the time. He’s now planning to release a couple of new singles under his Percussions alias, and he’s shared two new tracks, “Blatant Water Cannon” and “Ascii Bot.” Both tracks are long and sprawling, and both. “Blatant Water Cannon” introduces experimental IDM textures to a thumping four-on-the-floor dance tune, while “Ascii Bot” is more of a straight-up banger with a beautifully shimmering synth loop. Stream both of them below.
“Touch,” the debut single from Moscow via London singer Shura, is an expert take on that subtly funky, misty-lensed throwback pop Blood Orange does so well. The refrain — “I want to touch you, but I’m too late/ I want to touch you, but there’s history” — exceptionally evokes the frustrated longing that accompanies the prospect of reigniting an old romance, and the melody is indelible. It’s a great song, and today it gets a great remix. Spanish dance-rockers Delorean have given “Touch” a Balearic makeover without compromising its ghostly mystique or retro flavor. It’s not too late for this song to touch you, so listen to the remix below.
Over the last few months, the experimental Gainesville indie-pop impressionists Hundred Waters have shared the beautiful new songs “Down From The Rafters” and “Cavity,” and they’ve announced plans for a new album. Today, those plans become a little more concrete. The group’s sophomore LP is called The Moon Rang Like A Bell, and we’ve got the tracklist below. Also below, check out the diffuse, gasping sorta-kinda dance song “Xtalk,” the third LP track that the group has shared.
Trans Am come from the days of OG post-rock. Post-rock in the early ’90s wasn’t about playing “epic” (read: predictable) instrumental rock. No, it was about exploring vastly different sounds and improvisations within a single song — also it was usually released on Thrill Jockey, and John McEntire probably showed up at some point to do something. Those days are long gone, but Trans Am have kept playing and going wherever their musical inspirations take them, which has led to some extremely rhythmic and propulsive music. Still, their upcoming album Volume X might be the most pop-oriented thing the band has done. Album track “I’ll Never” is a fragile slow burner, filled with the band’s vocoder-inflected vocals and romantic synths, but that’s not the version we have today. This alternate take shows just how much the band can change their sound, speeding it up to the pace of Jesus And Mary Chain-style bubblegum-noise filled with pounding drums, heavy distortion, and a sweeter vocal take. Listen below and check them out on tour.
“Sunbathing Animal,” the title track from Parquet Courts’ upcoming full-length, is a frantically dizzy four-minute spazz out that never lets up its intensity. The song’s video, directed by Andy Capper and Parquet Courts singer-guitarist Andrew Savage, goes about as far in the other direction as possible. It’s four minutes of a cat hesitantly weighing whether to escape through an open window, Inside Llewyn Davis-style, or just chill on the couch and, you know, sunbathe. According to Noisey, it’s an homage to the Replacements’ legendary non-video video for “Bastards Of Young.” Subject yourself to the suspense (if you dare!) below.
The Brighton indie-poppers Fear Of Men specialize in an airy but rhythmically muscular strain of early-’90s-style dream-pop, and they’ll drop their debut album Loom next week. We’ve posted their songs “Alta/Waterfall,” “Luna,” and “Outrun Me,” and now the whole album is streaming over at Pitchfork.
Loom is out 4/22 on Kanine.