Here’s a selection of new
music off highly anticipated releases from indie strongholds Grizzly Bear and Animal
Collective along with singles from upcoming releases from Tame Impala and Matt
and Kim. New super group Divine Fits provided
a strong entry of solid songs while David Byrne handpicked Annie Clark (a.k.a.
St. Vincent) for another collaborative project.
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1. “Let’s Go” – Matt and Kim
“Let’s Go” is the single off
the upcoming release Lightning,
Brooklyn’s indie dance punk couple Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino.
While remaining true to their minimalist DIY roots,
this latest party anthem rocks a rollicking beat, alternating cooing and
yelping vocals, plus handclaps of fun.
2. “Fineshrine” – Purity Ring
New band Purity Ring is also
a duo – Canadians Corin Roddick and Megan James wrote the songs for their debut
miles apart but they
quickly became noticed in the international music scene for a hybrid of
eclectic electro pop.
James’ voice is at
once commanding and childlike, while instrumentalist Roddick provides synth beats
for the foundation.
3. “Gun Has No Trigger” – Dirty Projectors
Experimental alt rock band
Dirty Projectors have released seven full length albums, the latest Swing Low Magellan,
with “Gun Has No
Trigger” as its single.
The six members
of the Brooklyn group create an always interesting, collaborative sound under
frontman David Longstreth.
4. “Hidden” – Erika Spring
Erika Spring of Brooklyn’s synth
pop band Au Revoir Simone strikes out solo with a self-titled EP.
This single “Hidden” features Jorge Elbrecht
of Violens on percussion (he also produced the songs), with Spring’s dreamy
vocals finding a new path for her musical ambition.
5. “Apocalypse Dreams” – Tame Impala
Australian pysch rock band
Tame Impala’s sophomore album Lonerism,
due in October, but the group released “Apocalypse Dreams” as a free download
to its eager fans.
It’s a journey into
their fuzzed out soundscape with a few musical twists to keep things fresh.
6. “Would That Not Be Nice” - Divine Fits
Britt Daniels of Spoon and
Dan Boeckner of Handsome Furs and Wolfe Parade joined forces to create the new
band Divine Fits.
This single of their
debut album, A Thing Called Divine Fits,
Daniels’ familiar barking vocals leading the way in a confident pairing of
like-minded indie rock musicians.
7. “Summertime Is Coming” – Paul Banks
Interpol’s frontman Paul Bank
returns to his side project for another EP, Julian
although the songs will soon be folded into a full length
album simply called Banks.
“Summertime Is Coming” highlights the
familiar baritone, finding his swagger alone in the forefront of his own musical
8. “I Won’t Go” – thenewno2
The alt rock band thenewno2’s
sophomore album, thefearof missingout
continues with the creative musings of frontman Dhani Harrison (a.k.a. George
“I Won’t Go” showcases his snarling vocals and a guitar-centric point of view in songwriting.
9. “Only In My Dreams” – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti
West coast band Ariel Pink’s
Haunted Graffiti revisits an early rock subtext for this tune, “Only In My
The latest album, Mature Themes,
expands on the home
studio aesthetic of multi-instrumentalist Ariel Pink into a group think partnership.
10. “Who” – David Byrne & St. Vincent
David Byrne continues his crazy
work ethic by releasing an album Love This Giant
, with Annie Clark, who
channels her own iconic persona as St. Vincent.
The quirky texture with Byrne’s distinctive vocals carry the tune with a
horn section lending a funky vibe in this single, “Who.”
11. “Sleeping Ute” – Grizzly Bear
12. “Yet Again” – Grizzly Bear
Brooklyn art rock band
Grizzly Bear is back after its acclaimed 2009 album, Veckatimest
and “Yet Again” illustrate the group’s famed creative aesthetic in their
fourth album, Shields.
13. Applesauce – Animal Collective
Experimental psych band Animal
Collective is back with their eleventh album, Centipede Hz.
is a fun romp from the prolific group originally based in Baltimore, and each
member has their own side project to keep them busy as well.
14. “Old Friend” – Sea Wolf
Indie folk artist Alex Brown Church
has created four releases as Sea Wolf, channeling a laid back persona for a
catalogue of intimate songs.
“Old Friend” is a sweet tune over an intricate
percussive backbone and
off the latest album, Old World Romance.
15. “October” – The Helio Sequence
“October” is the single off Negotiations,
the fifth full length
album from this alt rock duo based near Portland. Brandon Summer (vocals) and
Benjamin Weikel (drums/keyboards) put together a space out jam that glides
along after the ethereal guitar intro.
16. “Alruccabah” – Nickodemus
Music Producer Nickodemus
fosters a world view in the dance music scene after growing up amid the many
cultures found in New York City.
“Alruccabah” is off his third album, Moon
which includes many of his favorite collaborators such as Afrika
Bambaataa, The Real Live Show, and Belleruche.