The season is in full swing with the Fourth of July behind
us so here’s a playlist of new tunes to add to your summer soundtrack. There’s
another single from Beck teasing his next album and others from Glass Animals,
Blind Pilot and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
A debut by onDeadWaves is perfectly chill
while indie rockers Parquet Courts, Deerhoof and Wolf Parade return to kick
things up a gear. Then things mellow out with ambient tracks by Gold Panda,
Hammock, CFCF. Listen on Spotify
or as a YouTube Playlist
(without Deerhoof or the new Kinobe remix however).
1. “Life Itself” –
English indie rock band Glass Animals is ready to release a
sophomore album, How to Be a Human
with this rhythmic single “Life Itself” leading the way. Singer Dave Bayley
grew up in Texas with dreams of becoming a doctor, but that fell by the wayside
after forming this unique quartet in 2012.
2. “Moods” – Sonny
& The Sunsets
San Francisco’s Sonny & The Sunsets brings a quirky
Californian vibe to “Moods.”
Sonny Smith, this kooky tune is found on his eleventh album, Moods Baby Moods.
3. “Umpqua Rushing” –
Indie folk band Blind Pilot is a six-piece based in Portland
that will soon drop its third album since 2005, And Then Like Lions.
single “Umpqua Rushing” confidently ushers in the new collection with the
soulful singing of Israel Nebeker.
4. “Community of
Hope” – PJ Harvey
English writer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist
PJ Harvey has released her ninth studio album since 1992, The Hope Six Demolition Project.
“Community of Hope,” originally
one of her poems, is a rallying cry condemning urban development in D.C.
5. “First World
Problem” – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Portland’s psych rock band Unknown Mortal Orchestra was
formed by New Zealander Ruban Nielson in 2010.
This stand-alone single, “First World Problem,” brings another irresistible
and funky ode to modern love. (See last year’s “I Can’t Keep Checking My Phone”
picked for my Summer 2015 New Music Playlist
6. “Plastic Thrills”
San Francisco based experimental rock band Deerhoof has
released its 13th
studio album since 2009, The Magic.
The quartet’s dense textures are anchored by the
wavering vocals of Satomi Matsuzaki.
7. “If You Should
See” – Wye Oak
“If You Should See” is a standout track from Tween,
the fifth album since 2006 from
Baltimore’s Wye Oak. The duo of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack create lush
arrangements that swirl sonically.
8. “The Pool” –
Brooklyn based trio Papertwin’s third studio release Vacation
acknowledges a variety of
influences, from The Cure to Gillian Welch. “The Pool” is synth heavy but
doesn’t dwell in the past.
9. “Past Lives” –
In September, L.A. based indie rock band Local Natives will
release its third album, Sunlit Youth.
single “Past Lives” is a musical journey all its own, from the opening cry of
“Save Me” to the layered sonic romp that follows.
10. “California” –
This new band formed by British singer-songwriter Polly Scattergood
and James Chapman of Maps has released a self-titled debut album full of
laid-back shoegaze. “California” is an ode to the U.S. West Coast and a perfect
11. “Dust” – Parquet
NYC rock quartet Parquet Courts concoct more high energy
punk tunes in its fifth studio album since 2010, Human Performance.
This fun catchy song “Dust” is a witty take on
12. “Floating World”
– Wolf Parade
Canadian indie rock band Wolf Parade was formed in Montreal
in 2003, yet it’s just back after a five year hiatus – the new self-titled EP
(like the three before it) effortlessly brings the original scrappy sound back
West Coast musical wunderkind Beck released a second single,
“Wow,” from his forthcoming album due in October that is three years in the
making (some songs predate the 2014 Grammy-winning Morning Phase
). Cited influences include The Strokes and the
Talking Heads, plus a yearning for communal hands-in-the-air concert moments.
14. “Slip Into
Something More Comfortable – Psychemagik Late Nite Remix” – Kinobe
English electronic music duo Kinobe have been on the scene
since 1998, most recently with remixes of the song “Slip Into Something More
Comfortable.” Julius Waters and Dave Pemberton are known to take a ten-piece
touring band out of the studio on the road in order to recreate studio
15. “In My Car” –
Gold Panda is a British electronic record producer,
performer and composer who has performed since 2009. His recent third album, Good Luck and Do Your Best
, is filled with
ambient tracks such as the lilting tune
“In My Car.”
16. “Reverence” –
Nashville’s Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson use a combination
of live instrumentation and electronic beats for their musical project since
2005, known as Hammock.
Its ninth album Everything and Nothing
ambient songs such as “Reverence.”
17. “In the Courtyard” – CFCF
CFCF is the stage name of Canadian electronic musician and
vocalist Michael Silver. (Based in Montreal, the name is derived from the
city’s television station CFCF-TV.) “In the Courtyard” is a lovely drifting
composition from its fifth album since 2009, On Vacation.