If there’s one thing last year’s SXSW showed us it was that Stella Donnelly has a bright career in front of her. She could hold a room on her own with her presence, but more important was her biting wit. She’s not afraid to call people out in song, but she doesn’t do it in a fashion one would find laborious. In her first single from her debut, she’s calling out men and their inappropriate behavior; I appreciate how she approaches her views through a certain pop sensibility, stuck in your head all day and forcing you to listen to what she has to say. Beware of the Dogs will be out on March 8th via Secretly Canadian.
In the first 20 seconds of this brand new Cherry Glazerr tune, you quickly realize that Clementine and her posse are changing things up a bit…but really just a bit. You get 45 seconds of almost playful vocals and electronic beats; it seems to work with the nervous questioning of the lyrics at this point. But, then Creevy lets loose on the guitar, emphatically taking back control of everything; it could be a nameless narrator or it could be Creevy herself, but whoever comes out in the chorus is doing things on their own terms. I thought I loved the early stuff, but this is a really great song, balanced between hooks and the bravado that the band always bring to the live setting. This track will appear on the group’s new LP, Stuffed & Ready, which drops on Secretly Canadian on February 1st.
If a moment of chill is what you’re after today, then you’ve come to the right place. “Allocate” from Damien Jurado is the five minutes of the day where you just turn the volume up and tune it all out. First and foremost, the vocals are absolutely lovely–Jurado’s voice hits you like a cool breeze, but with the rich texture of the likes of M. Ward. They shine as the brightest aspect of the track as they spin a tale, but they’re richly held together by the slow moving instrumentation. You also get this undercurrent of strings, which adds a welcome layer of nostalgia and wistfulness to the number. This track is taken from Damien Jurado’s upcoming album,The Horizon Just Laughed, which will be out May 4.
I’ve enjoyed the new Suuns material from their album Felt, which is really just one tune, but this brand new one is really something special. The song is a gradual stroll, slowly moving in step with the visual elements here; the vocals almost feel like clouds rolling over the musical element. You’ll easily find yourself captivated by the digital images that step in line with a wonky synth/keyboard element; it leaves you imbalanced in a certain way, which I think sinks you further into the track’s emotional vibe. Felt will be released on March 2nd via Secretly Canadian. They’ll also be here in Austin for Levitation.
The folks over at Secretly Canadian rarely disappoint, and today is no exception as Suuns have announced their new album,Felt, will be out March 2 via that label. From this upcoming release, the band has shared a new single called “Watch You, Watch Me” which you can watch below. It’s a high energy number– there’s essentially no empty space in the mix, as instrument overlaps instrument, vocals distorted to sound like another wave of synthesizers. Different than anything else you’ll hear today, give the track below a listen and get stoked for Suuns’ new release.
Makeness, aka Kyle Mollesonout of London, is making sick electronica tunes.This track, called “Day Old Death,” reminds me a lot of early Sun Airway. The song slowly comes to life, paralleled by the visuals in the music video, with electronic elements creating a groove for you to shake it to. Beyond the danceable aspect of the track, there’s something haunting in the distant vocals and the undercutting guitar riffs that make you want to play this track on repeat all day. Check it out below and get excited for the band’s debut album, which will be out on Secretly Canadian next year.
Alex Cameron, the man, the legend, is on his way to his sophomore album release. After his killer duet and neat video for “Stranger’s Kiss” featuring Angel Olsen, he’s trying to keep the momentum going for that upcoming record. “Runnin’ Outta Luck” shows the artist dancing about in several different locations along a coast with his signature silly dance moves, high waist jeans, and slicked back cool-boy hair. The track is a bouncy pop tune, with 80s synth influence and the help of Brandon Flowers on backing vocals/guitars/keys. You can definitely hear Flowers’ presence through the whole song, and the chorus is pretty damn catchy, leaning hard into the bad-boy persona that Cameron has fashioned. Take a peek below and get ready for the release of Forced Witness, which will be out next week on September 8 via Secretly Canadian.
Sometimes when bands go on tour together, all that bonding and time together produces something magical. An example of such a magical thing is the video below for “Stranger’s Kiss” on which resident moody boy Alex Cameron and powerhouse Angel Olsen combine forces for the greater good. The video is star-studded as well and mocks Cameron’s personae of cool-guy a bit. As far as the song goes, I’m reminded of 80s rock with the arcing chorus and Cameron and Olsen’s voices meld together quite well. Check it out below.
Alex Cameron has a new album called Forced Witnesscoming out on September 8 via Secretly Canadian.
There’s something undeniably cool about Alex Cameron, be it his 80s leaning pop construction or his memorable dance moves. Today he announces Forced Witness, his new album coming your way in the fall. I love the slightly smoky feel to his voice on this performance, aided by a female companion in the back. I’m a little bummed he couldn’t get Christian Slater to play him in this video, as it definitely feels like a roll Christian would have killed! Smooth pop, smooth jam. Look for Forced Witness on September 8th via Secretly Canadian.
One of the handful of regrets I had from SXSW this year was not catching She-Devils during the festival…that’s especially true after hearing this new single. It’s a soulful pop twist on the revival of doo-wop nods that accompanied the garage rock burst. There’s this inherent playfulness in Audrey Boucher’s vocals, which seems to come naturally with her delivery. You’ll also hear a bit of psychedelia, though it’s spun in a manner that almost reflects a study in French electro-pop. The band announce today that they’ll release their self-titled LP on May 19th via Secretly Canadian.