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The National – The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness (2017)

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This month, The National released a new song, ‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness’. Rejoice. While the dulcet tones of Matt Berninger are still there, there is a definite pop swagger  that might be more expected from the likes of Spoon. I really like the shift and the Aaron Dessner’s guitar solo is an added bonus. The new album Sleep Well Beast is out in September.

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The War On Drugs – Thinking Of A Place (2017)

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If you think nine minutes of Yo La Tengo is long… check this. It’s been a long three years since their 2014 LP Lost in the Dream, but Philly rockers The War on Drugs have decided to return with 11 minutes of ‘Thinking Of A Place’. The expansive and psychedelic sounds are the first from a new work due later this year. Will the fourth album cement Adam Granduciel as the modern-day Springsteen?

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LCD Soundsystem – Call The Police (2017)

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LCD Soundsystem have returned in the last week with ‘Call the Police’, a seven-minute ode to the sounds of David Bowie and U2. This is a welcome step off the dancefloor from my perspective. However, Mr James Murphy is evidently upset about something: “Well, there’s a full-blown rebellion but you’re easy to confuse/ By triggered kids and fakers and some questionable views,” he sings. The song is the lead single from the band’s upcoming new album – date and name TBC. Have a great week.

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John Mayer – Moving On And Getting Over (2017)

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Singer John Mayer’s eleventh album The Search for Everything was released in January. It’s a break-up album and the funky opener ‘Moving on and Getting Over’ puts it simply. It’s a return to his a more blue-eyed soulful side after his dalliance with sounds of Laurel Canyon.

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Jay Som – Baybee (2017)

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It’s been a while sine I’ve featured some contemporary dream pop; so here it is. Musical project Jay Som, the creation of Oakland-based songwriter Melina Duterte, released a new long player, Everybody Works, last month. Duterte also recently commissioned a ski-lift themed video for standout track ‘Baybee’. Now that’s style. Enjoy.

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BNQT – Restart (2017)

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Formed by Midlake’s Eric Pulido, BNQT (Banquet) is a supergroup comprising Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell, Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos, Fran Healy of Travis, and Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle. Songwriting duties were split between the five singers for their upcoming album, Volume 1, while the remaining members of Midlake provide the backing band. The whole is groovier and heavier than the sum of its parts. Like Tame Impala flirting with Bolan-esque glam.

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alt-J – 3WW (2017)

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It’s Friday and time for something slightly otherwordly.  ‘3WW’ is the lead single off alt-J’s upcoming third album Relaxer. Over its five minutes, one can hear ambience, early Floyd-like psych-folk, beauty, a country tinge, serenity, the duelling vocals of Joe Newman and Gus Unger-Hamilton, the guest spot for Wolf Alice’s Ellie Roswell, and the strings by the London Metropolitan Orchestra. “Oh, these three worn words/Oh, let me whisper like the rubbing hands/Of tourists in Verona/I just want to love you in my own language.” Have a great weekend.

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Kasabian – You’re In Love With a Psycho (2017)

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It’s Kasabian’s new track. The self-proclaimed saviours of guitar music, continue to try to redeem their instrument of choice by channelling the glam rock of Bolan. Less bombastic riffs; more rolling hooks. I think I can almost hear hand-clapping back-beat, which thankfully makes up for the trite chorus. The song is the first single taken from their new album For Crying Out Loud.

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Jacques Greene – To Say (2017)

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Today, Montreal-based DJ Jacques Greene releases his debut long player Feel Infinite. The third track on the album, ‘To Say’, is a celebratory cut of garage house music. It’s a little old school. It’s great. Have a relaxing weekend my music-loving friends.

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Mr. Tophat feat. Robyn – Right Time (2017)

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Rudolf Nordström is Mr. Tophat. In January this year, he dropped this massive slice of space disco. ‘Right Time’ features Robyn Carlsson on vocals and appeared on  the DJ’s EP Trust Me. Have a great weekend,

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Craig Finn – Preludes (2017)

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We All Want The Same Things will be the third solo album from The Hold Steady’s frontman and leader Craig Finn. Released by Partisan Records on 24 March, the album will feature 10 tales from the Twin Cities. I read that none will be more autobiographical than ‘Preludes’, which sounds as much The War On Drugs as it does The Hold Steady.

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Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog (2017)

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Mac DeMarco has announced that he will release a new album This Old Dog in May, his follow-up to 2014’s Salad Days. The album was written and recorded while he was making the move from Queens to L.A. To get his fans salivating, the musician has shared the album’s opening tracks, ‘My Old Man’ and ‘This Old Dog’. If the latter is anything to go by, his journey has brought about a simplified acoustic sound. Have a great weekend.

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Pond – Sweep Me Off My Feet (2017)

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‘Sweep Me Off My Feet’ will feature on Pond’s forthcoming psychedelic offering Man It Feels Like Space Again, which arrives in “early 2017”. Once again,  sometime bandmate Kevin Parker is heavily involved, producing the album to obvious sound effect. Pond and Kevin Parker are becoming one.

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Future Islands – Ran (2017)

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Unmistakably the work of Future Islands and Samuel T. Herring, ‘Ran’ is the first single of their new album The Far Field released on 4AD in April. The OMD stylee synthesised intro is a nice touch.

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Foxygen – On Lankershim (2017)

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Last month, Foxygen released Hang on Jagjaguwar. ‘On Lankershim’ is the third single off the album. Like 1975/76/77, it starts with a dusty, sliding Fleetwood Mac-like sound and then develops into a Tom Petty number before it breaks out into Meat Loaf orchestra. I like, I like.

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