Following the surprise release of Freetown Sound at midnight, Blood Orange released a new video for the album cut “Augustine.” Dev Hynes directed and edited the clip, which captures the singer/songwriter playing instruments in an empty apartment and an assortment of dancers showcasing their moves on rooftops. Hynes also appears in front of the flag of Sierra Leone, which is painted on a wall. The album borrows its name from Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone where Hynes’ father was born. Our hit of the week.
Westman Islands singer-songwriter Júníus Meyvant has recently caused big waves in Scandinavia after being the star of the Icelandic Music Awards-winning Best Newcomer and Best Song as well as being nominated for Best Male Singer this year.
From relentlessly touring and selling out halls and venues across Europe, Júníus has been receiving a lot of recognition from his unique soulful folk-pop sound.
Júníus Meyvant is back with his new single Neon Experience. By incorporating various fragments of soul, folk, pop and indie together, the result presents his creative abilities of the highest order. There’s depth, there’s feeling and intricacy, which the listener can wrap their ears in. The Aloe Blacc–style vocal performance with the Graffiti6–esque hooks, despite being 6 minutes long, can be heard repeatedly whilst retaining its magic. Oh, and there’s a mid-tempo sonic surprise in the middle…The hit of the week.
Northern Irish trio Two Door Cinema Club are gearing up for the release of their long-awaited third album, and have made the first song from it available online.
The Bangor band, whose last release was 2013’s ‘Changing of the Seasons‘ EP and their last album 2012’s ‘Beacon’, have uploaded ‘Are We Ready? (Wreck)‘ for your listening enjoyment.
They told NME that they had worked on the new album – which is called ‘Gameshow’, and out on October 14th – with Irish producer Jacknife Lee, and that their new song was about ‘rebelling against consumerism’. This is our hit of the week.
Beck has officially shared his new single “Wow”. The track is taken from his upcoming as-yet-untitled album, due out on October 21st through Capitol Records. It features production from Greg Kurstin (Sia, The Shins).
On “Wow”, Beck taps into his hip-hop meets folk roots, bringing the bars as well as a cool, fun sense of swagger. Over a rumbling, rubbery beat and siren-like effects, the songwriter talks demons, jewels, and “getting loose with the luminous moves.”
“The song is about the moments in life that leave you in awe of the world,” wrote videographer/photographer Alicia Ward, one of the many creatives tasked with fashioning a promotional clip for Beck and Capitol Records. Other creatives who helped Beck include illustrator Nathan Jurevicius, ceramic craftsman Eric Landon, and graphic designer Andrew Kuttler.
Instead of looking back, alt-rock band of Montreal are focusing on the present, both in sound and in subject matter, for its next LP. The group will release their 14th album, Innocence Reaches, on Aug. 12.
Innocence Reaches draws from more contemporary influences to combine the fantastic and reality. Frontman Kevin Barnes transitioned from analyzing the Beach Boys and the Beatles to absorbing the likes of Jack Ü, Chairlift and Arca, according to a press release.
The band released the second track off its upcoming work. “it’s different for girls” lays a groovy, bass-heavy undercurrent while the lyrics scrutinize sexism and the gender binary. The modern psychedelic track explores how from childhood, girls are “depersonalized” and “aggressively objectified.”
The last thing we heard from British indie trio Theme Park was their joyful track Something Good which they released in February 2015, hinting that they are working on a follow-up to their self-titled debut album from 2013. And since some things just take a bit more time it took the three-piece 14 months before they finally came up with another one.
The tender You Are Real is the latest teaser off a potential second album the group is currently working on. No signs yet of a full-length but we just enjoy this pop gem until something happens. It’s our hit of this week.
Indie-pop band Glass Animals returns with psychedelic single “Life Itself,” from upcoming second LP. The song is a propulsive, percussion-driven song that hints at an edgier, rawer direction. The British four-piece haven’t announced a release date for the album, which follows their 2014 debut, Zaba. It’s our hit of the week and It also marks the first taste of their upcoming sophomore album, How To Be A Human Being,