Our current album of the week comes from the intellectually and musically salient Ought in the form of the outstanding Sun Coming Down. The fact that it equals if not betters their brilliant debut from last year More Than Any Other Day speaks volumes for just how good this young band are. Angst ridden but never overwrought with anger, brutally honest without overtly offending, the Tim Beeler/Darcy led outfit wear their influences but on an unpredictable sleeve. The frenetic pace of Sun Coming Down perfectly matches the largely unconscious exhaustion of modern life. With the acerbic and witty first single, ‘Beautiful Blue Sky’ spending an number of weeks at number one, the release of the record late last week gifted us the brand new video for the almost title track, 'Sun's Coming Down' and the perfect excuse to rave about one of the best young bands going around. We've included that and album opener, 'Men For Miles' below. Sun Coming Down is out now through Constellation.
Joanna Newsom’s urgent and affecting new single, ‘Leaving The City’ is our highest debut this week at 12. The track comes from her forthcoming double album, Divers, set for release on October 23. The Radio Dept. are right behind at 13 with their new single, ‘This Repeated Sodomy’, which we featured on Tuesday.
Montreal quartet TOPS have released a new single, ‘Anything’, a deliberate, emotional slow burner driven by the best vocal performance Jane Penny has ever delivered. That debuts at 14.
It’s a case of first single out second single in for Deerhunter this week as the funk filled ‘Snakeskin’ is replaced by the lush jangly pop of ‘Breaker’. It’s at 21. The TOPS and Deerhunter tracks sport excellent videos too. Alongside the new Joanna newsom track, they can be viewed below.
Gold Class ascend the number one position with the insanely catchy, ‘My Life As A Gun’ while Kelela moves into the Top 5 at 4 with ‘Rewind’.
All details for every track including artist pages and album release details can be found HERE while every track is playing from newest entry down in the Top 30 player.
12. Leaving The City
Joanna Newsom (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Divers', Drag City. Out October 23.
The Radio Dept. just keep the surprises coming, following up their electronic dance laden recent EP, Occupied, by going back to their roots with their latest single, ‘This Repeated Sodomy’. It’s very much in the vain of their first two records and more indeed reminiscent of the music on their first, Lesser Matters. The uncompromising title and its lyrical content come as no surprise though as the trio once again rail against the world’s biggest issues alongside the degradation of the environment (although both go hand in hand) - social, economic, political and gender inequality. An issue recently illustrated by the disgusting treatment of the Greek people by the European elite - the lyrics were posted on their FB page recently. Read and listen below.
This Repeated Sodomy
The Radio Dept. (SWE)
From the single, 'This Repeated Sodomy', Labrador.
Toronto artist and producer Maya Postepski is set to deliver her second full length record, Progress, under her Princess Century moniker. It follows hot on the heels of her Lossy EP from earlier this year, which featured the 20 plus minute monster track, ‘Discoset’. Progress is a synth driven work of contrast from start to finish and is packed with multifarious elements that take the listener to subterranean depths and celestial heights almost simultaneously. Postepski is clearly fascinated with repetitive rhythms and motorik driven psychedelia and seems determined to gift the listener the opportunity to accompany her on a trip of musical simultaneity. It almost seems misleading to post the track most unlike the rest of the record but ‘Sunscreen’ is as much an example of Princess Century’s electronic experimentation as it is her pop accessibility. It's accompanied by its video below. Progress is out October 15 on Paper Bag Records. Pre-order it on vinyl here.
1. Bros vs UFOs
3. Tokyo Hands
5. Sunrise 101/Last Disco
8. Fata Morgana
Princess Century (CAN)
From the forthcoming album, 'Progress', Paper Bag. Out on Oct 15.
This week sees the addition of five new tracks led off by Brooklyn art pop/rock outfit SOFTSPOT with their new single, the gorgeously crafted ’Abalone’. It builds nicely on their last record, the 2014 album of the week listed Mass. It enters at 24 and is actually the first of three Brooklyn based entries - more below. Day Wave joins the party one spot back at 25 with ‘Come Home Now' while Swedish electronic trio DNKL return after dropping two amazing tracks in the same aforementioned year with their new single ‘Otherside’. It’s in at 27.
Returning to Brooklyn, the unassuming pop project of John Jagos, Brothertiger has just released a new single, the pop infused ‘Out Of Touch’ and it enters at 28 while DIIV are set to return with a new full length record, Is The Is Are and the first single doesn’t drift far from their staple sound and approach. ‘Dopamine’ debuts at 29.
All track details can be found here while all tracks as always are streaming in the Top 30 player.
The urgent yet dreamy ’Back At Belles’ is the third single to drop from Brooklyn quartet Small Black’s new record, Best Blues, set for release October 16. Put together with the eminently danceable retro funk of first single, ‘Boys Life’ which is still in our Top 30 and the ethereal bass driven second single, ‘No One Wants It To Happen To You’, on the whole the three tracks suggest the record is probably the most varied affair the Josh Kolenik led band have released. Listen to the second and third single below and catch them on tour in North America throughout October and November. Pre-order Best Blues here.
1. Personal Best
2. No One Wants It To Happen To You
3. Boys Life
4. The Closer I Look
5. Big Ideas Pt. 2
6. Back At Belle's
7. Between Leos
9. Smoke Around The Bend
10. XX Century
No One Wants It To Happen To You
Small Black (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Best Blues', Jagjaguwar. Out October 16.
Often there is beauty in simplicity and that shines through on Jackson Phillip’s new single under his Day Wave moniker, ‘Come Home Now’. It continues the trajectory begun the classically trained musician on his Headcase EP release a couple of months back with nostalgic jangly guitar replacing his earlier electronic roots, although synth does appear here to good effect in the intro and outro. Listen to the new single below.
Come Home Now
Day Wave (USA)
From the single, 'Come Home Now', House Arrest Records.
Molly Nilsson has released the third single, ‘Mountain Time’ ahead of the release of her forthcoming record, Zenith. Another stellar addition! Check out the video below. Can’t wait for the record. Pre-order it on wax HERE.
Molly Nilsson (SWE)
From the forthcoming album, 'Zenith', Dark Skies Association/Night School Records. Out Sept. 25.
Meg Remy’s U.S Girls project has its third entry in our Top 30 for 2015 with the languid extravaganza that is the third single, ‘Window Shades’ debuting at 15 ahead of the release of her brand new record, Half Free on September 25. Close behind at 16 is Kelela with the previously featured new track, 'Rewind' off her forthcoming debut EP, Hallucinogen. At 19 is Chromatics, Portland's purveyors of the emotive night, also making third entry int the chart for the year with the single, ‘Shadow’, which is the new track off the 2015 Adult Swim Singles Program. It's available below as a free download. The longer version will be on the much anticipated double album from the band, Dear Tommy, which is still to get a release date.
Swedish electronic duo SQRD, who collaborate online between Stockholm and Berlin recently released their second ever track, ‘Chase’, a delightfully disorienting affair characterised by swirling synths, big tyco like drums and busy percussion. It’s in at 26. Check out their first track ‘Beast’ released a few weeks ago at the Soundcloud link below
The final new entry at 27 comes from The Ocean Party, who we featured yesterday with the sub two minute wonder ‘Greedy’.
Young Brisbane duo Lastlings ascend the number one position with their astonishing work of sensitivity ‘Verona’ replacing Ought. Just a reminder on the Montreal based US expats; their brand new album, Sun Coming Down is out next week.
All tracks streaming in the player and all details HERE.
15. Window Shades
US Girls (USA/CAN)
From the forthcoming album, 'Half Free', 4AD. Out Sept 25.
The great Australian stuff keeps on coming with the announcement of the new record, Light Weight from Melbourne based encyclopaedic jangle pop outfit The Ocean Party. They dropped a new single, ‘Greedy’, last Friday via French blog Magic RPM, a wonderous uber smooth two minute jam that will leave you wanting more. Put that together with the delightful first single, ‘Guess Work’ and you have a much anticipated release. Light Weight, the band’s fifth full length is set to surface through Spunk Records in Australia on October 9. Listen to both singles below. The band also set off on an Australian national tour in October
1. Black Blood
2. Light Weight
3. Phone Sex
4. Guess Work
6. Dirty Money
9. Real Life
10. Grow Up
11. Heat Wave
12. Negative Effect
The Ocean Party (AUS)
From the forthcoming album, 'Light Weight', Spunk. Out on October 9.
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