12 Finest Songs of the Week: Decisive Pink, Christine and the Queens, Native Natives, and Extra


12 Finest Songs of the Week: Decisive Pink, Christine and the Queens, Native Natives, and Extra

Plus Madeline Kenney, CJ’s Mirra Maze, Sparks, Youth Lagoon, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Different Notable New Tracks

Might 12, 2023

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Welcome to the seventeenth Songs of the Week of 2023. This week we had an apparent #1, a transparent spotlight to prime the record. However there have been loads of different stable tracks too, together with three from newly introduced albums.

Keep in mind that we lately introduced our new print concern, Challenge 71 with Weyes Blood and Black Belt Eagle Scout on the covers.

Up to now week or so we posted interviews with Ok.Flay, Tanlines, actor Anna Camp, Braids, and others.

Within the final week we reviewed some albums.

That will help you type by means of the multitude of recent songs launched within the final week, we’ve picked the 12 finest the final week needed to supply, adopted by some honorable mentions. Take a look at the total record beneath.

1. Decisive Pink: “Dopamine”

Decisive Pink, the brand new venture from Angel Deradoorian and Russian musician Kate Shilonosova (aka Kate NV), are releasing their debut album collectively, Ticket to Fame, on June 9 by way of Fireplace. On Tuesday they shared its newest single, “Dopamine.” The track satirizes consumerism and on-line buying habit, as does its music video. JJ Stratford directed the video, which appears to be like straight out of the early ’80s, full with shoulder pads.

Beforehand we posted two tracks from Ticket to Fame: opening observe “Halffmilch Vacation” and “Ode to Boy.” “Ode to Boy” was shared by way of an ’80s influenced music video (suppose Robert Palmer) and as its title suggests, the track references Beethoven’s “Ode to Pleasure,” from his Symphony No. 9. “Ode to Boy” was one in all our Songs of the Week.

Ticket to Fame was recorded in Köln (aka Cologne), Germany, at a good friend’s studio. The studio options a big assortment of analogue synthesizers. “It was very thrilling to step into the ‘synth-dome’ as I consider it,” says Deradoorian in a press launch. “I can’t bear in mind all of the synths we used, however undoubtedly one of many Prophets, a modular, a Juno, a Jupiter, a Rodeo, a synth with a bee on it and a few synth from the Nineteen Eighties that Kate knew about.”

The album was then completed in Deradoorian’s downtown Los Angeles rehearsal house.

In 2020, Deradoorian launched the album Discover the Solar by way of ANTI-. It was put out merely below her final identify. She was previously the bassist/vocalist for Soiled Projectors.

Learn our 2020 interview with Deradoorian on Discover the Solar.

Learn our 2020 COVID-19 Quarantine Artist Verify In interview with Deradoorian.

Kate NV launched a brand new solo album, WOW, in March on RVNG Intl.

2. Christine and the Queens: “Tears may be so mushy”

Christine and the Queens is releasing a brand new album, PARANOÏA, ANGELS, TRUE LOVE, on June 9 by way of As a result of. On Tuesday the artist shared the album’s third single, “Tears may be so mushy,” by way of a self-directed music video. It was filmed in Los Angeles.

Christine and the Queens is the venture of Héloïse Letissier (who simply goes by Chris).

Chris had this to say about in regards to the new track in a press launch: “‘Tears may be so mushy’ was born out of the wedding of a Marvin Gaye pattern that caught my consideration, this intoxicating, elegant, virtually poised in its melancholy string association.”

Chris says the intention was to provide a sound that might create “this deep sense of just about womb-like, hypnotic house the place the voice may soar in its loneliness,” an “interaction between the struggling that motivates tears and the light therapeutic impact they’ll have.”

Beforehand Chistine and the Queens shared the album’s first single, “To be trustworthy,” by way of a self-directed music video. Then its second single, “Real love” (feat. 070 Shake), was shared. “True Love” was one in all our Songs of the Week.

PARANOÏA, ANGELS, TRUE LOVE options Madonna on three songs. It follows Redcar les adorables étoiles, which got here out final November by way of As a result of below the alias Redcar. The final album launched merely below the identify Christine and the Queens was 2018’s Chris.

Christine and the Queens co-produced the brand new album with Mike Dean.

Chris had this to say in regards to the album in a earlier press launch: “This new report is the second a part of an operatic gesture that additionally encompassed 2022’s Redcar les adorables étoiles. Taking inspiration from the fantastic dramaturgy of Tony Kushner’s iconic play, Angels in America, Redcar felt vibrant and absurd like Prior despatched to his insane dream-space. The follow-up PARANOÏA, ANGELS, TRUE LOVE is a key in direction of heart-opening transformation, a prayer in direction of the self—the one which breathes by means of all of the loves it’s made from. Prior’s actual agony in Angels in America is a deep, painful changing into, a shedding of all waters and reminiscences, that then permits angels to immerse deep too, and supply again profound, narrative-altering love—a relaxation in real love.”

Learn our 2018 interview with Christine and the Queens on Chris.

3. Native Natives: “NYE”

On Tuesday, Native Natives introduced a brand new album, Time Will Wait For No One, and shared a brand new track from it, “NYE,” by way of an amusing music video. They’ve additionally introduced some new tour dates. Time Will Wait For No One is due out July 7 by way of Loma Vista. Jonathan Chu directed the “NYE” video. Take a look at the album’s tracklist and canopy art work, in addition to the tour dates, right here.

Time Will Wait For No One contains three singles the band shared final yr: “Simply Earlier than the Morning,” “Desert Snow,” and “Hourglass.” “Desert Snow” was one in all our Songs of the Week.

For the album the band labored with three producers—John Congleton (Angel Olsen, Dying Cab For Cutie, St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten), Michael Harris (Lana Del Rey, Feist), and Danny Reisch (Solar June, Different Lives)—recording at numerous studios round Los Angeles.

Of the album the band mentioned the band collectively had this to say in regards to the album in a press launch: “Former selves melting away as a few of us turned fathers, endured durations of isolation, loss, and id disaster. The highs and lows we have been feeling on the identical time have been so excessive. There was a second midway by means of making the album, we performed probably the most emotional live shows of our lives. A offered out present on the Greek Theater in LA, our first efficiency in virtually two years, and we didn’t know if it will be our final. As people and as a band, we have been on the verge of a collapse. Time flows on uncontrollably and alter is relentless, and the individuals you’re keen on are the one constants. Out of that reckoning we dissolved every part down to begin once more, and had essentially the most prolific interval of songwriting in our historical past. That is the primary chapter, Time Will Wait For No One.”

Every time one of many members of Native Natives get married, the remainder of the members grow to be their marriage ceremony band. In the course of the marriage ceremony of the band’s Ryan Hahn, he bought to observe the remainder of the band carry out with out him for the primary time, as they lined a few of his favourite songs (together with one by The Strokes). That impressed the brand new single.

Hahn additional explians: “I used to be so psyched watching the fellows play this from the viewers, one thing I’d by no means seen earlier than, that I believed we needed to do a quick and wild track, and ‘NYE’ was born.”

The remainder of Native Natives’ lineup is Taylor Rice, Kelcey Ayer, Matt Frazier, and Nik Ewing.

Native Natives launched an EP, Bitter Lemon, in 2020. Their most up-to-date album was Violet Road, which was launched in 2019 on Loma Vista.

4. Madeline Kenney: “Superficial Dialog”

Yesterday, Oakland-based singer/songwriter Madeline Kenney introduced a brand new album, A New Actuality Thoughts, and shared its first single, “Superficial Dialog,” by way of a self-directed music video. A New Actuality Thoughts is due out July 28 by way of Carpark. Take a look at the album’s tracklist and canopy art work right here.

Sketches for the songs on A New Actuality Thoughts started within the pandemic, however the album took on new which means when Kenney’s associate unexpectedly left her in 2022.

Kenney had this to say in regards to the new single in a press launch: “‘Superficial Dialog’ is my manner of wanting again on the methods I shrunk myself or ignored my very own wants in favor of the wants and wishes of others. Whereas I want I had acted otherwise, I wish to be type and forgiving to my previous self and have the ability to develop and transfer ahead with extra energy and love.

“I needed the video to indicate a pressured transformation, from the in and out. Jess Bozzo’s choreography actually captured what I needed to evoke; a painful change that turns into a reasonably joyous opening with room for want and play.”

Kenney’s most up-to-date album, Sucker’s Lunch, got here out in 2020 by way of Carpark, and made it on our High 100 Albums of 2020 record. In 2021 Kenney surprise-released the EP Summer season Quarter. It featured the track “Wasted Time,” which was one in all our Songs of the Week. In 2021 she additionally shared the brand new track “I’ll Get Over It,” which isn’t featured on the brand new album however was one in all our Songs of the Week.

Take a look at our interview with Kenney, which was initially printed in Challenge 67 of our print journal in 2020.

5. CJ’s Mirra Maze: “Self Medicate”

CJ’s Mirra Maze is the brand new venture of London-based artist and composer CJ Mirra. Although Mirra’s work has beforehand stayed largely confined to the worlds of tv and movie, Mirra’s newest effort represents a brand new foray into lush psych pop, in the identical vein as artists like Tame Impala and Toro y Moi. Mirra debuted the venture earlier this yr along with his first single, “Self Medicate,” and on Tuesday he was again with the observe’s accompanying video, premiering with Below the Radar.

We’re dishonest a bit right here, as a result of this track initially got here out in audio type in March, however because it first got here on our radar this week and we premiered the video, we’re permitting it on this week’s Songs of the Week.

“Self Medicate” is equal elements dreamy and catchy, providing a observe replete with infectious hooks, heat melodies, and expansive synth beds. The observe ebbs and flows because it winds onward, transitioning between meditative psychedelic interludes and crashing waves of bittersweet melancholia. Mirra crafts an evocative distinction of tones, balancing the observe’s lush instrumental palette towards its wistful lyricism, with neither aspect overwhelming the opposite. Lyrically, the observe is impressed by habit, however explores the subject from an surprising angle. Mirra explains, “All of us have the intuition to self-medicate with our addictions of selection, for me, it was filling the hole of discovering a deeper sense of function.”

“I watched a movie a couple of man who taught himself to surf and immersed himself in every part round browsing to assist him overcome habit and despair,” he continues. “The water, the connection to nature, the meditative high quality of ready for the proper situations, the push of getting the wave, the physicality – all mixed to be highly effective sufficient to alter his life. That actually made an affect and resonated with my very own experiences in recent times.”

The observe’s themes of looking and rebirth equally come out within the accompanying video, from award-winning director Simon Ellis. Ellis says of the video: “In a track the place the vocals are so clear it appeared pointless spelling out what you may already hear only for the sake of method—a tedious blight—and it made no sense to deal with anybody nation by cherry-picking a random language. I opted for the neutrality of Esperanto (possibly Esperant-ish) which after all isn’t certain to a rustic and has an interesting historical past. A created, common language which most individuals don’t know, I discover the paradox a bit mad and couldn’t resist using it.

“I typically arrange a reasonably inflexible visible system of some type. It informs selections that might in any other case be swamped by limitless chance, offers the viewer one thing to journey with, and ensures a world glue throughout every part.

“On this I divided the body into 10 equal vertical stripes, primarily using the 4 center ones for example what I thought of to be a very central sound. A construction unfolded from there, utilizing combos of the stripes for altering notes, plus occasional horizontal ones for increased frequency sounds that stand aside.” By Caleb Campbell

6. Sparks: “Nothing Is As Good As They Say It Is”

Sparks (brothers Ron and Russell Mael) are releasing a brand new album, The Lady Is Crying In Her Latte, on Might 26 by way of Island. In the present day they shared the album’s third single, “Nothing Is As Good As They Say It Is,” which is a couple of 22-hour-old child who desires to return to the womb after seeing how horrible the world may be. It was shared by way of a music video that includes an entire lot of infants.

Beforehand Sparks shared the album’s first single, title observe “The Lady Is Crying In Her Latte.” Then they shared a video for the track starring none apart from Oscar profitable actress Cate Blanchett (who’s nominated once more this yr for Tár). “The Lady Is Crying In Her Latte” was one in all our Songs of the Week. Then they shared the album’s second single, “Veronica Lake,” which is impressed by the Forties film star identified for enjoying femme fatales in movie noir motion pictures and was additionally one in all our Songs of the Week.

The Lady Is Crying In Her Latte would be the band’s first album on Island Information in 47 years. The band launched a number of albums on the label within the Seventies, together with 1974’s traditional Kimono My Home. Their final album for the label was 1976’s Large Beat.

Sparks’ final album was 2020’s A Regular Drip, Drip, Drip. In 2021, Edgar Wright directed an acclaimed documentary on the band, The Sparks Brothers. In 2021, in addition they co-wrote the musical movie, Annette, with director Leos Carax and in addition did all of the music for it. In 2022, they introduced a reissue sequence.

The Mael brothers collectively had this to say in regards to the new album and rejoining Island in a earlier press launch: “Humorous how issues work! One of the memorable durations for Sparks, the one which eternally cemented our relationship with the UK and in addition uncovered Sparks to a much bigger viewers all over the world, was the ’70s Island Information period. Chris Blackwell, Muff Winwood, and Co. went all in on our album, Kimono My Home, and launched a really non-conventional first single, ‘This City Ain’t Large Sufficient For Each of Us.’ Their perception (and ours) proved proper: that there was a spot for each daring creativity and commerciality in pop music. And right here we discover ourselves in 2023, virtually 50 years later, re-signing with Island Information, once more with an album that all of us really feel is as daring and uncompromising as something we did again then, or for that matter, anytime all through our profession. We’re completely satisfied that after a lot time, we’ve reconnected with Island, sharing the identical spirit of journey that all of us had manner again when, however with our new album, The Lady Is Crying In Her Latte.”

7. Youth Lagoon: “The Sling”

After releasing two albums below his given identify, Trevor Powers has revived his Youth Lagoon moniker and is releasing a brand new album below that identify, Heaven Is a Junkyard, on June 9 by way of Fats Possum. On Tuesday, he shared the album’s third single, “The Sling,” by way of a music video. Tyler T. Williams directed the video. Take a look at Youth Lagoon’s upcoming tour dates (together with some newly introduced European reveals) right here.

Powers had this to say about “The Sling” in a press launch: “For years, I’ve been chasing a phantom. This sense of an unseen world deep inside me. It’s why I make music. I’ve a compulsion to know myself. Or study to like myself. Perhaps that’s the identical factor. I’ve been requested by a number of individuals to explain ‘The Sling’—the place does it come from? What does it imply? Each time I begin an evidence, I contradict myself. I’d contemplate it a track about time. And love. That I can say with confidence. I wrote it one night time I felt trapped. The subsequent morning I used to be free.”

When Heaven Is a Junkyard was introduced, Youth Lagoon shared the album’s first single, “Idaho Alien,” by way of a music video. “Idaho Alien” was one in all our Songs of the Week. Then he shared the album’s second single, “Prizefighter,” by way of a music video, and introduced some new tour dates.

As Youth Lagoon, Powers launched three albums: 2011’s The Yr of Hibernation, 2013’s Wondrous Bughouse, and 2015’s Savage Hills Ballroom. Then he retired the identify in 2016 and launched two albums merely as Trevor Powers: 2018’s Mulberry Violence and 2020’s surprise-released Capricorn.

“I felt like I used to be in a chokehold,” Powers mentioned in a earlier press launch of the preliminary identify change. “Regardless that it was my music, I misplaced my manner. In a number of methods, I misplaced myself.”

He added: “My thoughts has at all times been a satan. It tells me horrible issues—like I’m nugatory, ugly, or damaged. It’s like a motel TV caught on a channel that received’t shut off, with static and limitless late-night advertisements and preachers screaming in regards to the finish of the world.”

Issues took a flip for the more severe in October 2021, when Powers had a foul response to an over-the counter drugs {that a} press launch says turned his abdomen right into a “continuous geyser of acid” and coated Powers “larynx and vocal cords for eight months.”

“I noticed seven medical doctors and a number of specialists. I misplaced over 30 kilos. Nobody may assist me,” mentioned Powers.

By Christmas that yr, he may now not communicate. “I wasn’t certain if I’d ever have the ability to communicate once more, not to mention sing,” he mentioned. “All of it felt symbolic in a manner. I’d been swallowing concern all my life and now right here it was coming again up.”

Following this making an attempt time, Powers had a renewed deal with his songwriting, writing about dwelling relatively than the bigger world. “Household, neighbors, and grim reapers,” mentioned Powers. “I’ve at all times written about distant issues, however one of the best materials has been proper in entrance of me this complete time in Idaho.”

That included the album’s first single, “Idaho Alien.” Of the track, Powers mentioned: “I’ve at all times liked previous hardboiled crime novels. They’re twisted however pure. ‘Idaho Alien’ comes from that house. Residence typically looks like a Jim Thompson e book. Considered one of my neighbors smokes meth all day and mows the garden at 2:00 am. Her boyfriend lived in a tent in her yard, and in the future she locked him out of the home so he went so far as making an attempt to stab her. He bought despatched to jail for 10 years. She informed me she nonetheless loves him, and I informed her she deserves higher. The final time I requested her to not mow the garden at 2:00 am, we wound up speaking about aliens and Subway sandwiches. Each November, a church group rakes her leaves and tells her about Jesus. I don’t suppose it’s working.”

Summing up the album, Powers added: “Heaven Is a Junkyard is about all of us. It’s tales of brothers leaving for warfare, drunk fathers studying to hug, moms falling in love, neighbors stealing mail, cowboys doing medicine, buddies skipping faculty, me crying within the bathtub, canine catching rabbits, and kids taking part in in tall grass.”

Learn our 2011 interview with Youth Lagoon.

Learn our 2015 interview with Youth Lagoon.

8. Jenny Lewis: “Giddy Up”

Jenny Lewis is releasing a brand new album, Pleasure’All, on June 9 by way of Blue Word/Capitol. On Wednesday she shared the album’s third single, “Giddy Up,” by way of a lyric video.

Pleasure’All options her 2021 single “Pet and a Truck,” which she lately shared a video for and was one in all our Songs of the Week. When the album was introduced in March, Lewis shared its second single, “Psychos,” by way of a lyric video.

Pleasure’All is her fifth solo album, her first for Blue Word and Capitol, and first since shifting to Nashville (beforehand she was primarily based in Los Angeles).

“I began writing a few of these songs on the street, pre-pandemic,” Lewis defined in a earlier press launch, “after which put them apart because the world shut down, after which from my dwelling in Nashville in early 2021, I joined a week-long digital songwriting workshop with a handful of fantastic artists, hosted by Beck. The problem was to jot down one track every single day for seven days, with pointers from Beck. The rules could be prompts like ‘write a track with 1-4-5 chord development,’ ‘write a track with solely cliches,’ or ‘write in free type type.’ The primary track I submitted to the group was ‘Pet and a Truck.’”

Lewis labored on the brand new album with producer Dave Cobb (John Prine, Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell) and it was recorded at RCA’s Studio A in Nashville.

“Dave works quick and we lower the majority of the report along with his unimaginable home band (Nate Smith, Brian Allen and Cobb on guitar, and myself on acoustic guitar and vocals) reside on the ground in a few weeks,” Lewis defined. “Jess Wolfe got here again to the studio to offer background vocals on the report after which Greg Leisz and Jon Brion added pedal metal, B-Bender guitar and Chamberlin, respectively, again in L.A..”

Nashville singer/songwriter Skeeter Davis influenced Pleasure’All and on the album cowl Lewis wears one in all Davis’ former outfits, found at Black Shag Classic in Nashville by common Lewis collaborator Bobbi Wealthy.

“I needed to riff on the traditional Nashville album cowl, with the track titles on the entrance,” mentioned Lewis. “The duvet photograph is a reference to a Skeeter Davis report and I’m sporting her costume!”

Lewis’ final solo album, On the Line, got here out in 2019 by way of Warner. She collaborated with rapper Serengeti a number of instances in 2020 on the songs “Unblu,” “Vroom Vroom,” “Fool,” and “GLTR.”

9. Janelle Monáe: “Lipstick Lover”

Yesterday, Janelle Monáe introduced a brand new album, The Age of Pleasure, and shared a brand new track from it, “Lipstick Lover,” by way of a really NSFW music video. The Age of Pleasure is due out June 9 by way of Wondaland Arts Society/Atlantic. Monáe co-directed the “Lipstick Lover” video with Alan Ferguson. Take a look at the album’s tracklist and canopy art work right here.

Monáe had this to say in regards to the new single in a press launch: “As we enter into The Age of Pleasure, ‘Lipstick Lover’ is our freeassmothafucka anthem impressed by f.a.m. for f.a.m. That is our oasis made with love, rooted in self acceptance, throbbing in self discovery, and signed with cherry purple kisses from me to you.”

In February Monáe shared The Age of Pleasure’s opening observe, “Float,” which options Seun Kuti and Egypt 80.

It’s been 5 years since Monáe’s final album, 2018’s Soiled Laptop. However since then she’s saved busy performing, similar to co-starring within the 2022 Netflix film Glass Onion: A Knives Out Thriller.

10. This Is the Package: “Extra Change” (Feat. Gruff Rhys)

This Is the Package, the Paris-based venture led by British-born singer/songwriter Kate Stables, are releasing a brand new Gruff Rhys-produced album, Cautious of Your Keepers, on June 9 by way of Tough Commerce. On Tuesday they shared its second single, “Extra Change,” by way of an amusing music video. The track additionally options backing vocals by Rhys. This Is the Package additionally introduced some new North American tour dates. Benjamin Jones directed the video.

Stables had this to say in regards to the new track in a press launch: “Extra it stays the identical. Typically it looks like every part has utterly modified after which it simply feels prefer it’s at all times been like that. And at all times can be like that. The extra issues change the extra they really keep the identical. The one fixed is change. Change is the one factor we may be certain of. Who’s who. The those who grow to be vital to us and the way in which they grow to be vital. Phases that come and go? Or don’t go? The buddies we’d like. We want our buddies. We have to bear in mind to be on the planet. I adore it when Gruff says ‘gentle bulb.’ Realizing that issues come and go and cross and are born after which die. The great it does us to carry arms with somebody. The tearing in two of an individual and a coronary heart.”

Jones had this to say about directing the track’s video: “With this video I needed to create one thing that felt selfmade, natural and really a lot alive. Utilizing quite simple puppetry with some previous coat hangers and a few primary cease movement (and a few surprisingly keen neighbors who lent me their faces) I’ve tried to create just a few characters and eventualities that are linked in some methods, but additionally mirror the themes I picked up from the music—disappointment, compromise, exploring new floor, and discovering new methods to assist one another transfer ahead.”

Beforehand This Is the Package shared the album’s first single, “Inside Exterior,” by way of a music video. “Inside Exterior” was one in all our Songs of the Week.

Cautious of Your Keepers follows 2020’s Off Off On, additionally launched by way of Tough Commerce, and 2017’s breakthrough report, Moonshine Freeze, which was their first album for the label. Staples additionally had a stint performing with The Nationwide and sang visitor vocals on their 2019 album I Am Straightforward to Discover.

The band additionally options Rozi Plain (bass/vocals), Neil Smith (guitar), and Jamie Whitby-Coles (drums).

“The album was almost known as Goodbye Chew. And in a manner it nonetheless is,” mentioned Stables in a earlier press launch. “I went for Cautious of Your Keepers ultimately. It’s one in all my favourite songs on the album, a track that for me holds the final feeling of the album as an entire. The fragility of issues. Of conditions. Of relationships. Of people. What we do to take care of one another and ourselves. The passing of time and what that does to us, and the way we reside our lives going ahead.”

Rhys is the Welsh frontman of Tremendous Furry Animals and in addition an achieved solo artist. In February he launched the soundtrack for the movie The Almond and the Seahorse, additionally by way of Tough Commerce. Stables mentioned his function was being a “tonesetter.”

“I’ve at all times liked the thought of working with him by some means, and when this album began getting deliberate, I spotted that possibly this was my probability to succeed in out and see if he was up for working collectively,” Stables defined. “And he was! As if that wasn’t sufficient, he was additionally up for doing a little bit of singing on the report, which completely blew my thoughts and made my yr. His manner with concord and melody and the tone and high quality of his voice is a very killer combo.”

Rhys had this to say: “They’re so ridiculously gifted—and each member is a superb producer in their very own proper—so it was only a matter of making an attempt to seize the magic they make when taking part in reside collectively. Their taking part in is by default so considerate and complimentary when it comes to respect to one another’s elements and to the integrity of the songs themselves that it creates a lovely basis of typically cosmic interaction that’s at all times in help of Kate’s voice and imaginative and prescient as a songwriter.”

Learn our 2017 interview with This Is the Package.

11. Seaside Fossils: “Seconds”

Dream-pop band Seaside Fossils are releasing a brand new album, Bunny, on June 2 by way of Bayonet. On Wednesday they shared one other track from it, “Seconds,” by way of a music video. The band’s frontman, Dustin Payseur, directed the video, which options footage shot on the band’s Australian tour.

Payseur had this to say about “Seconds” in a press launch: “‘Seconds’ is a track about realizing you’re keen on anyone greater than they love you.”

Seaside Fossils additionally options Tommy Davidson (guitar), Jack Doyle Smith (bass), and Anton Hochheim (drums). Beforehand the band shared two different Bunny songs: “Dare Me” and “Don’t Fade Away.” Then we posted the album’s third single, “Run to the Moon,” shared by way of a music video.

Bunny follows Seaside Fossils’ 2017 album Somersault, in addition to the 2021 launch The Different Facet of Life: Piano Ballads, an album of jazz reimaginings of songs from throughout their catalogue.

Learn our 2017 interview with Seaside Fossils about Somersault.

12. Geese: “Mysterious Love”

Brooklyn post-punk five-piece Geese are releasing a brand new album, 3D Nation, on June 23 by way of Partisan/Play It Once more Sam. On Tuesday they shared its third single, “Mysterious Love,” by way of a wild self-directed music video, and introduced some new tour dates.

Geese frontman Cameron Winter had this to say about “Mysterious Love” in a press launch: “This track is a couple of dozen ’90s rock cliches combined into one little over-produced package deal. We just like the distinction in temper between the primary and second halves. We used to punctuate the very finish with one final hit and be performed with it, however then in the future Max [Bassin, drummer] simply saved hitting his drums, and we saved doing the identical ending hit for like, two minutes. Once we recorded it, there have been about 40 hits, however our label begged us to chop them out. We ended up at round 15 after negotiations.”

3D Nation contains “Cowboy Nudes,” a brand new track the band shared in January. When the album was introduced in March they shared its second single, title observe “3D Nation,” which was one in all our Songs of the Week.

3D Nation is the band’s sophomore album. Their debut album, Projector, was launched in 2021, additionally by way of Partisan/Play It Once more Sam.

Drummer Max Bassin ominously summed up the brand new album this fashion: “It looks like going to the circus and as an alternative of getting a very good time, everyone seems to be making an attempt to kill you.”

Learn our interview with Geese on Projector.

Honorable Mentions:

These songs virtually made the High 12.

The Drums: “Plastic Envelope” and “Shield Him At all times”

Esben and the Witch: “A Kaleidoscope”

Lauren Early: “Twisted”

Lanterns on the Lake: “Actual Life”

Mandy, Indiana: “Drag [Crashed]”

Killer Mike: “Motherless” (Feat. Eryn Allen Kane)

Arlo Parks: “Pegasus” (Feat. Phoebe Bridgers)

Water From Your Eyes: “14”

Right here’s a useful Spotify playlist that includes the High 12 so as, adopted by all of the honorable mentions:

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