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Arcade Fire – Creature Comfort (2017)

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With ‘Everything Now’ at the beginning of the month, and last week’s release of ‘Creature Comfort’, early signs are very good for Arcade Fire’s new project. The influence of collaborators Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and Portishead’s Geoff Barrow are strong. The result is a synthesised intro that M83 or Chromatics would be proud of; and then the fatalistic chants… arenas get ready. Have a great week.

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Kevin Morby – Come To Me Now (2017)

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Kevin Morby is releasing a new album City Music this week. The majesticCome to Me Now’ opens the album with the Texan’s haunting vocals and the sound of a pedal pump organ. Have a great week.

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Danger Mouse feat. Run The Jewels & Big Boi – Chase Me (2017)

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Some gritty hip hop for this Friday. Danger Mouse has collaborated with Run the Jewels and Big Boi for the release of ‘Chase Me’ from the upcoming movie Baby Driver. Danger Mouse’s masterstroke is the use of samples from the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s ‘Bellbottoms’.  Big Boi and Run The Jewels’ El-P and Killer Mike do their thing over a beat of drums, bass and guitar. Have a great weekend.

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Childhood – Californian Light (2017)

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The last time I heard Childhood, I am sure they were part of the psych-rock renaissance. No more, if ‘Californian Light’ is a signal of what is to come. Ben Romans-Hopcraft leads the way with a new soul-infused sound from new album Universal High. I am reminded of the blue-eyed soul of The Style Council.

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The War on Drugs – Holding On (2017)

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Two War on Drugs tracks in less than a month. Well they’ve only gone and released a new single, ‘Holding On’, so what am I meant to do? Like someone has said before me, I knew I would like this track before I heard it. Before Adam Granduciel does his Bob Dylan thang, the single starts apace with a tight drum beat, synthesizers, a xylophone and never lets up. “He never gonna change; he never gonna learn…” Yeah baby. The new album A Deeper Understanding is released on 25 August.

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Arcade Fire – Everything Now (2017)

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Daft Punk + Arcade Fire = ABBA, evidently. The disco-tinged title track of Arcade Fire’s new album Everything Now is co-produced by Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter. Released next month, the album is the follow-up to 2013’s Reflektor. Have a great weekend.

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Big Thief – Shark Smile (2017)

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Brooklyn-based Big Thief shared a new single ‘Shark Smile’ last month. This slice of indie heartbreak will feature on their forthcoming album Capacity. Singer-songwriter Adrianne Lenker and her whispering vocals dominate until Buck Meek gets going on lead guitar.

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Phoenix – Ti Amo (2017)

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Last month, Phoenix announced that their sixth album, Ti Amo, will be released on June 9, 2017. The title track remains true to the band’s ambition to deliver an album about summer and Italian discos. “Don’t tell me/Don’t tell me no.” It’s a further move away from the security of their soft-rock Strokes sound. Have a great week.

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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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