As reported earlier today (via P4K) there is a new record coming out from Handsome Furs, yet another side-project from one of the key members of Wolf Parade. This one’s definitely one of the finer pieces the duo have put together, with the focusing revolving around electronic beats and Dan’s voice, which sounds really strong and polished, for him at least, on this outing. You’ll be able to get this electronica-influenced record titled Sound Kapital on June 28th from the good people over at Sub Pop Records. Listening to this track, sounds like this could be the most focused work the duo has compiled, leaving us as excited as ever for their work.
Download: Handsome Furs – What About Us [MP3]
If you happened to be at Fun Fun Fun Fest, we hope that you caught Jeff the Brotherhood early on Saturday, as they rocked their set, winning over new fans, including us. We’ve been waiting for this day, as the band have gotten closer and closer to the release of their second album, We Are the Champions, which will hit record stores on June 21st via Infinity Cat. Once you get a whiff of this first single, you’ll probably be on board with us too. It’s got hints of metal, yet this far-off pop-punk vocal that sort of hangs in the background. It’s the kind of track that you use to kick-start your day with a some high-octane energy. Come on, join us in our love for Jeff the Brotherhood.
Download: Jeff the Brotherhood – Shredder [MP3]
This song first began to hit the web last Friday, but being such a huge fan of Mr. Argos and his group, Art Brut, I decided to toss it up anyways. This track comes from the group’s newest record, Brilliant! Tragic!, which will be in stores on May 24th via Cooking Vinyl. It’s not as angular and discordant as past Art Brut albums, and at times, it almost seems like Argos is giving a go at singing. This is probably one of the catchiest numbers, not that that is necessarily needed, by the band since their Bang Bang Rock & Roll, so I’m pretty excited for everyone to hear just how solid an Brilliant! Tragic! will be.
Download: Art Brut – Lost Weekend [MP3]
One of the bands that I heard a lot of people talking about, myself included, but then faded away was The Middle East. Recently, I brought you news of a newer track, “Jesus Came to My Birthday Party,” and now there is another new one floating around out there that I’ve really been enjoying. This one’s sort of a uber-downtrodden affair, but the vocals really claw at your inner emotions, grabbing every little ounce out of you. Both of these tracks will be featured on the band’s newest record, I Want That You Are Happy, which should be available via iTunes sometime soon, though it’s already out in Australia. It’s full up of beautiful stuff, as I’m sure you’ll see.
Download: The Middle East – Black Death 1349 [MP3]
Man, I absolutely love listening to Chad Vangaalen’s voice, especially on this new recording. He just put up a sweet little Your Tan Looks Supernatural EP on his bandcamp page to help out with relief efforts in Japan, and now we have another track from his upcoming record, Diaper Island. Not so sure about the album title, but if the tracks sound as sweet as this one, no one will mind. You can get your hands on this upcoming masterpiece on May 19th, via our good friends over at Sub Pop. This lead single, “Sara,” has that gentle quality in voice that always goes with one of Chad’s recordings, and musically, well, he can’t do much wrong. Take a peak.
Download: Chad VanGaalen – Sara [MP3]
For those of you that were super worried that Alasdair Maclean of The Clientele was on his way out from writing music, well, think again. Alasdair has teamed up with Lupe Nunez-Fernandez of Pipas to form a new group titled Amor de Dias, or Love of Days, if you will. The group will be releasing their debut, Street of the Love of Days on May 17th via Merge Records. Listening to this first track, you’ll notice a slightly more upbeat affair, though I will admittedly say that I hope to hear Alasdair’s voice on the final product, though Lupe sounds quite enticing here as well. Just another thing to be grateful for in 2011.
Download: Amor de Dias – Bunhill Fields [MP3]
Who could imagine that these two unassuming lads would make such potently driven music? Well, luckily, we’ll all get to experience that a bit more, as Radical Dads plan to release their debut Mega Rama on Uninhabitable Mansions on June 14th. Recently, they tossed out their Reckless 7″, which features the track below, and you can grab those all for free over at the group’s page. Listening to those guys sort of reminds me of the vocal moments of No Age, you know, if you got rid of all that extra bit of atmospheric noise that permeates the latter band. Looks promising if you ask me.
Download: Radical Dads – Recklessness [MP3]
If you haven’t listened to The Beets latest release, Stay Home, then you’ve probably been missing out my friends. But, have no fear, as they’re giving away another track from the album called “Dead.” It was already one of my favorite tracks, but it just has this oddball quality to it that gets me, sort of reminding me of the Feelies. Don’t listen to me, listen to the Beets! You can grab their latest from Captured Tracks right this very minute, and if you live in Austin, you’ll be able to catch them in June at Chaos in Tejas!
Download: The Beets – Dead [MP3]
Now that we’ve got a solid release date, and a new label lined up for Times New Viking, it seems they’re slowly leaking everything from the new record out to the public, which we don’t mind by any means. The new album, Dancer Equired, will come out on Merge Records on April 26th, and we’ve now got the third single from the track. One of the great things about the new recording is that there’s a bit of clarity here, which shows both a newer approach for the band and a bit of maturity. After seeing some of these songs live, and hearing a fresh spin on the band’s style, I’m excited for this release, and we hope you are too!
Download: Times New Viking – Ever Falling In Love [MP3]
New York based band Jangula recently sent us some new music that they’ve been working on as of late. The track is called “We Both Like Me” and is a sort of electro-pop song that’s really getting my head nodding in these early morning hours. The band has already toured and opened for some pretty big names in the NYC area and are working hard to make a name for themselves in the scene. Well listen up boys, ATH has taken notice and will stay tuned in the future.
Download: Jangula – We Both Like Me [MP3]