Divus Julius presents: Strange Ranger

Strange Ranger’s 2021 album No Light In Heaven played like a conscious deconstruction of the “rock band” label. The tracklist flitted between industrial noise, George Clanton-esque underground pop, shoegaze-inspired sounds, and straight-up bar rock, challenging the listener to reimagine what cohesion looks like in a modern indie rock-leaning LP. Pure Music, the band’s new project, is out July 21. Today, their new single “She’s on Fire” arrives.

Hit of The Week: Blur ‘The Narcissist’

Blur‘s reunion activity is not going to be confined to live shows, as the group have announced the forthcoming release of their first album in eight years, The Ballad Of Darren.

The follow-up to 2015’s The Magic Whip is being teased by the release of a new Blur single, The Narcissist.

Best Covers: Guy Gerber & Desire ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’

Desire is a Canadian electronic music band from Montreal, formed in 2009. The band consists of vocalist Megan Louise and producer Johnny Jewel (a former member of Chromatics and Glass Candy). They covered Kylie Minogue’s hit Can’t Get You Out Of My Head with Guy Gerber.

Introducing…Bar Italia

Before they were widely tipped as one of London’s most exciting new post-punk bands, Bar Italia spent years patiently grafting. The trio, consisting of Nina Cristante, Jezmi Tarik Fehmi and Sam Fenton, put out multiple releases via Dean Blunt’s avant-garde World Music label, including their debut LP ‘Quarrel’ and follow-up EP ‘Angelica Pilled’.

Despite this reticence, the London trio now seem to have their sights set on making their reintroduction with ‘Tracey Denim’. Recorded and produced by the band themselves with mixing from Marta Salogni (Björk, Black Midi, M.I.A.), their third album should be enough to shift to one side those hasty (albeit somewhat justified) comparisons to The Cure and Joy Division.

4Ever Songs: Men At Work “Who Can It Be Now?”

Australian band Men at Work broke out in the early 1980s to become one of the biggest pop acts in the world. Their quirky hits “Down Under” and “Who Can It Be Now?” and accompanying music videos were ubiquitous in ’81 and ’82. Surprisingly, following the parade of hits and massive success, the group disbanded in 1986 after releasing only three albums.

The muses of La Musa: Ane Brun

Norwegian alt-pop chanteuse Ane Brun is releasing two new compilations tomorrow, with Songs 2013-2023 collecting some of her best work in the last decade. Meanwhile, Portrayals sports some of Brun’s popular cover tunes. Both albums are being released on the artist’s label, Balloon Ranger Records. Brun is also heading out on her 20th-anniversary tour of Europe, kicking off in Helsinki later this year.

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