Veteran indie rockers The Decemberists returned earlier this year with their latest album, I’ll Be Your Girl, which saw the band pushing outside their comfort zone and experimenting with a new wave palette of sounds. Now, a few months after the album’s release, the band has announced the impending release of Traveling On, an EP featuring five tracks originally intended for inclusion on I’ll Be Your Girl.
Traveling On continues on the path that was laid by the band’s eight studio effort, with Colin Meloy and co. shifting their sonic influences in the direction of New Order and Roxy Music.
Easy Life, the Leicester five-piece, are having ‘Nightmares’; not literally of course, just the new single, produced by Fraser T Smith (Stormzy, Adele, Florence) and out this week.
The track exudes a confident, charismatic twist on those long days (and nights) when you feel anything but. Blending hip-hop swing, jazzy horns and the band’s innate ear for pop hooks, ‘Nightmares’, says the band’s lead singer, Murray, “started with the trumpet sample that we loved from Dionne Warwick’s version of Burt Bacharach’s ‘Loneliness Remembers What Happiness Forgets’. This instantly gave us the feels, and the rest just kind of fell into place.”
Last week, Little Simz brought us back to reality with the track “Offence.” Now, she shares another unapologetic anthem called “Boss” and it’s so good that it deserved to make it’s grand debut in a major way which is obviously why it was featured in the latest episode ofIssa Rae‘s HBO show Insecure.
This single will quickly become one of your go-to self-empowerment jam as Simz goes off about investing in herself and not letting any type of distractions—men to be specific—knock her off this self-made journey toward success.
Andrew Bird has released a track called “Bloodless” along with a new music video. The video, which was directed by Matthew Daniel Siskin, is black and white and features nameless people with their faces blurred out walking the city streets, looking for hope. That hope might possibly be found in Bird himself, who appears playing a violin, appreciating paintings and finding conviction in art throughout the visuals.
Balthazar are pleased to announce their return with news of the forthcoming album Fever on 25th January 2019.
It’s clear from the opening notes of the album’s first and title track Fever that the five-piece have changed, not least due to their individual musical pursuits over the past few years. Opening with a rolling languid bass riff, Fever unfurls into a slinky sunset jam, a swooping string motif adding drama to the funky bustle that fanfares Balthazar into new territory with their fourth album; honest, playful and underpinned with a carefree abandon from two extraordinary songwriters.
Isaac Gracie follows the release of his debut album this year with a brand new EP, Close Up – Looking Down. The first track to be lifted from it, Show Me Love. The brand new EP features a cover of The Strokes’ You Only Live Once, plus three new tracks.
Friendly Fires made their live comeback earlier this year, dropping their track ‘Love Like Waves‘ before playing a summer of festival appearances (including a sold out headline show at London’s Brixton Academy). After collaborating with Disclosure on their album ‘Defeated No More’, ‘Heaven Let Me In’ sees a reunion of their creative forces, incorporating Friendly Fires’ signature club culture sound and grooves. The band frontman, Ed Macfarlane, described the track as “a song about being comfortable in your own skin. When you stop trying so hard and embrace your imperfections then opportunities arise and doors open.”