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Death Cab for Cutie – “Little Wanderer”

By Will Oliver, March 19th 2015

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie have shared quite a bit of their new album Kintsugi, whose March 31 (via Atlantic Records) release date is just around the corner. The trio have already shared three tracks from the album (“Black Sun,” “No Room In Frame,” and “The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive”). These also happened to be the first three songs on the record. They’ve kept the timeline going with the 4th track of the album being released, “Little Wanderer.”

While mostly pleasant, it’s somewhat of a come down from the previous songs, making it my least favorite of the songs released far. Maybe it will work better with the rest of the album as context. We’ll see.

Stream “Little Wanderer” below.
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Mikal Cronin – “ii) Gold”

By Will Oliver, March 19th 2015

Mikael Cronin

Mikal Cronin will release his third album this year, the appropriately titled MCIII. It will come out on May 5 via Merge Records.

He’s let go of a new cut from the album called “ii) Gold” with explodes out of the gate with big guitar riffs that definitely calls to mind many of Cronin’s work with Ty Segall. Cronin puts his own signature style to work with those breezy chorus’ that are perfect for summertime listening in the car with the windows down.

Stream “ii) Gold” below, along with “Made My Mind Up,” the first single released from the record.
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While We're Young

James Murphy has a good relationship with director Noah Baumbach. Murphy scored Baumbach’s 2010 film Greenberg, and collaborated with him again for his latest film, the soon to be released While We’re Young (which I caught at New York Film Fest last year and reviewed for Monday Morning Matinee).

A lovely piece from the score called “We Used To Dance” has been released and shared via Indiewire. It perfectly captures the mood of the film (about middleage and finding youth in your adulthood) you and is just as lovely as a standalone piece of its own.

Stream “We Used To Dance” below, as well as “Only The Stars Above Welcome Me Home,” another song from the soundtrack that was previously released. Be sure to check out While We’re Young when it’s released in theaters on March 27. The soundtrack is released on March 24 via Milan Records.

Here’s “Only The Stars Above Welcome Me Home”:

[new]: Mew – “Water Slides”

By Will Oliver, March 11th 2015

Mew

Danish rockers Mew will return with new album +/- on April 28 via Play It Again Sam. It’s the first album from them in six years (since 2009’s No More Stories Are Told Today…).

Today they released a new album cut called “Water Slides.” They released an edited version of the a peaceful meditative track, one that captures a truly dreamy and mesmerizing atmosphere that is all around pleasant. This follows the previously released first single “Satellites” which was a bit more large-scale.

Find both “Water Slides” and “Satellites” posted below. Hopefully we’ll get some new U.S. tour dates soon, aside from their stops at SXSW.
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Death Cab For Cutie

When I saw Death Cab for Cutie play a surprise show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in January, they played a few new cuts off their soon to be released album Kintsugi (March 31 via Atlantic Records). One of them was a song by the name of “The Ghosts of Beverly Drive.”

It stood out to be because of the amount of sharp bite that it had live, while interestingly also finding ways to trickle in a more airy atmosphere with the help of some electronic influences. I was excited to see how the recorded version turned out, and I’m happy to say that they were able to capture that same live energy on the recording.

Stream “The Ghosts of Beverly Drive” below, along with “No Room In Frame,” the previously released album track. You can hear first single “Black Sun” here.
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[new]: Tame Impala – “Let It Happen”

By Will Oliver, March 10th 2015

Tame Impala

Today Tame Impala surprised us all with a brand new song called “Let It Happen.” The song was made available as a free download on their website and is the first song off their new album, which we can expect later this year.

“Let It Happen” is a nearly 8-minute extravaganza that goes off a funky 70’s-inspired psych groove that it’s constantly weaving in and out of. The band is leaning towards a more electronic sound, but that stoned Tame Impala glaze is still very much there. This one builds and builds, and when that big climatic break occurs, it’s total a blissful dream. It’s damn good to hear those dreamy Kevin Parker vocals again.

It’s exciting to see Parker pushing the boundaries of what Tame Impala can do as a band even further. This is just the album’s opener too…imagine what else awaits for us.

Stream “Let It Happen” below, and catch some newly announced tour dates below. Head here to check out photos + a recap of their show at The Beacon Theatre last November.
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[new]: Tobias Jesso Jr. – Without You

By Will Oliver, March 5th 2015

Tobias Jesso Jr>

Last November I was lucky enough to catch an intimate performance from Tobias Jesso Jr. at a loft in Williamsburg. As it turns out those songs were from his debut album Goon, which is coming out March 17 via True Panther Sounds.

One of those songs that he shared was a lovely songs by the name of “Without You.” It’s a beauitful John Lennon-esque piano ballad that features Danielle Haim of Haim behind the drum kit and was produced by Ariel Rechtshaid. It’s a simple but an exceptionally heartbreaking offering from Jesso Jr., who may just be releasing one of the best debut albums of the year.

Stream “Without You” below, and catch his performance of “How Could You Babe” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon right here.
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Chromatics

Any year that we get a new album from Chromatics is a sign that it’s going to be a great year for music. Thankfully for us Johnny Jewel and company are returning with new album Dear Tommy which will be released via Italians Do It Better later this year.

Today they’ve let go of a Dear Tommy offering called “I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around,” a beautiful exploration of synth-rock and disco, perfect for late-night listening as every Chromatics track is. It features vocals from Megan Louise of Desire.

You can stream it below, and grab a free mp3 download at the soundcloud page. I’ve also posted “Just Like You,” the first single released from the album.
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[new]: Tanlines – “Slipping Away”

By Will Oliver, March 4th 2015

Tanlines

Tanlines, the New York dance-rock duo of Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm, will return with new album Highlights on May 19 via True Panther Sounds.

To celebrate today’s announcement, the band also let go of the bouncy first single “Slipping Away.” The band have more of a full-band indie-rock sound, with dance-elements pushed somewhat to the side. It reminds me a bit of The Drums, in a glamorous 80s way. It’s pleasant as all hell, and going right on the eventual summer 2015 playlist. (Last summer we saw them play at Governors Ball).

Head right here to trade your email for a free download mp3 download of “Slipping Away” or just stream it below.


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[new]: The Teen Age – “Low Cunning”

By Will Oliver, March 4th 2015

The Teen Age

Brooklyn rockers The Teen Age have returned with a excitable new single titled “Low Cunning” that will be released digitally on April 4 via Old Flame Records.

It’s a clean yet dirty guitar anthem that doesn’t waste anytime showing off the goods. Shimmering guitars, a propulsive rhythm section and raw vocals are all a part of a winning formula of rock and roll that The Teen Age make look easy (as they did at Mercury Lounge last November).

Stream “Low Cunning” below via Spin.
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