NEW SONG: LYKKE LI – “LOVE ME LIKE I’M NOT MADE OF STONE”.
“Li has just announced her third LP, I Never Learn, and has released this gorgeous, heartbreaking video for album track “Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone”. The track features nothing but Li’s voice and a simple acoustic guitar, but that’s all she needs for this one. The melody slowly ebbs and flows into these painfully emotive peaks, culminating in the glorious climax around the 3 minute mark where she takes what seems like a natural, unplanned pause. The sadness in that rest is palpable. This song is all about Li’s passionate vocal. Simplicity has worked for her before and it serves her very well here.
Watch NME's short film about Blondie. To celebrate 40 years of the influential group, we chart Debbie Harry and co's career, from the early days of CBGBs and 'Parallel Lines' and the ground-breaking 'Rapture' to the 'Maria' comeback and present day.
Don’t call it a rock opera. Despite his orchestral composition, lyrics that are a dialogue between characters and a “necessary” song order, Ellis Ludwig-Leone, mastermind behind San Fermin, says their self-titled debut is just, “…a sort-of indie-pop record, that's thoroughly composed.” The band had a hell of 2013, and it's ripping the rewards with a two month tour that will take them from the US to Europe, with a single appeareance at SXSW on March 15 at Latitude 30.
NEW SONG: FUTURE ISLANDS – “A DREAM OF YOU AND ME”.
“This passionate, smooth little piece of indie rock comes courtesy of Future Islands. Their new single “A Dream of You and Me” has a really appealing sensitivity to it, especially in the lead vocal’s just-on-the-brink-of-quavering sincerity. The bright guitar, bass, and keyboard tones add a playful element to the proceedings, everything combining to make an emotive, catchy track. It’s accompanied by some slightly abstract images that move along in what looks like stop-motion.
Future Islands’ new record Singles is out March 25 via 4AD.”
Taking it to the next level, Dum Dum Girls unleash a short film for their track "Are You Okay" instead of your typical usual music video. Penned by Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho, Less Than Zero), the plot of takes Dee Dee into a strange psychological world where she has a blonde doppelganger. Considering it's scripted by Ellis, there's no doubt that there's some surreal realities being distorted in the short. The short film was directed by Brewer and scored by Tamaryn and Drew McDowall.
Dum Dum Girls' newest album Too True is now available via Sub Pop.
The music industry’s biggest suggestion: that you probably shouldn’t immediately follow an album release with another album release – well, no one told Baltimore synth pop experimentalists Raindeer that. That or someone told them and they’re doing it anyway. Releasing their sophomore effort Tattoo in the middle of last year, the quintet must’ve went to work again almost immediately after to have their newest record You Look Smashing right on its heels. It’s not out yet, and won’t be for some time but it’s coming and coming quick if first single “Blasting” is any indicator.
'Black Lips are streaming their new album, 'Underneath The Rainbow', ahead of its official release.
'Underneath The Rainbow' will come out on March 18, 2014.
Black Lips recently told NME that making 'Underneath The Rainbow' was like "training to be a Navy Seal". Bassist Jared Swilley made the comments, saying: "In the music world, this band is like [US counter-terrorist unit] Seal Team Six. When the shit hits the fan, we're the first response team." Swilley also said of the album: "It sounds like The Fonz fucking a monkey while riding a motorcycle into the sun."
'Underneath The Rainbow' is the follow-up to 2011's 'Arabia Mountain' LP. It will consist of 12 tracks and features production work by Patrick Carney, as well as help from Dap Kings music director Tommy Brenneck. Ed Rawls also co-produced a number of tracks and the LP was mixed by Jimmy Douglass.
Cole Alexander of the band said of Carney's involvement: "He had a really well rounded vision. The Black Keys started out as a garage-rock band, but they ended up working with Danger Mouse. That meant Patrick understood our lo-fi roots, but he understood the pop element, too."
Atmosphere will return with new album Southsiders on May 6 via Rhymesayers. The announcement came with the release of “Bitter”, a track from the album. Sean “Slug” Daley provides his signature rhymes over the steady ride of its electronic groove.
The Walkmen weren’t kidding about wanting to work on their own solo records. First we got a news of a solo album from Walter Martin as well as a song called “Sing To Me” featuring Karen O. Then Hamilton Leithauser announced his solo album and gave us a video for his first single, “Alexandra.”Now we get to add Peter Matthew Bauer to the mix.
His album is titled Liberation! and will come out on June 24 via Mexican Summer. He’s released his first single, “Latin American Ficciones.” I hate to say it, but it’s a very Walkmen-esque track with their signature guitar tone, and some vocals that actually fit their mold quite well. Don’t take that the wrong way, this is a very impressive solo debut for Bauer.