New Music Tuesday
by Claire Chaney, Erika Alvarez, Emily Nelson, & Jaycee Rockhold
Die A Little // The Night Game
After a slew of dreamy singles with an 80s flair, The Night Game has finally released their debut album. Full of nostalgic vibes and sun-drenched sounds, it's worth a listen from start to finish. But, if you're looking for a place to start, look no further than "Die a Little." In an instant, we're transported to something that sounds like it's a story from a John Hughes movie (maybe just maybe). Plus, there's a killer backbeat and synth sounds that will be stuck in your head for days. It's all we could've hoped for and more.
Suburbs // Marsicians
Rapidly on the rise UK-native Marsicians are back with a long-awaited single: "Suburbs." This upbeat track turns restlessness into guitar-laden harmonies all the while capturing the feeling of not feeling quite right where you are. Their optimism-meets-grunge sound make it all the more lovable. And, it's a solid reminder that "everything's fine in the suburbs," probably.
NFWMB // Hozier
With his first EP release since 2015, Hozier is back with Nina Cried Power - and it's strong. While each of the tracks shine in their own way, the standout is "NFWMB." Gentle guitar sounds are paired with Hozier's oh-so-dreamy vocals echoing "no one fucks with my baby". Compared to previous releases, this one sets itself apart in its subtleties. It's not a "Take Me To Church" kind of hit, it's closer and more intimate. It's a swoon of a track. Slow to build and focused on vocals. Not to mention romantic.
Superstition // Young the Giant
Young the Giant only seem to get better with time. The band released a new single titled "Superposition," which carries a soulful yet simple romantic message through which lead singer Sameer Gadhia croons: "I want you to want me." The extra-dreamy sonics and the smooth instrumental in the song make this a standout piece in the band's repertoire.
Takes So Much // Waxahatchee
After spending so many years building her reputation on fuzzed-out, rumbling songs of longing and heartbreak, Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield is leaning into a scaled-back sound on her new EP, "Great Thunder." Featuring six songs recorded in Justin Vernon's studio in Wisconsin, "Great Thunder" is heavy on piano ballads and pure, beseeching vocals - this is perhaps best heard on "Takes So Much," a heartbreak ballad about shouldering a partner's burdens. With only a piano to accompany her, Crutchfield turns down the rock but amplifies the heartbreak in a late-night bar ballad that showcases her vulnerability and creative scope.
Blood Keeper // Speedy Ortiz (Liz Phair Cover)
To celebrate their upcoming tour with 90's icon Liz Phair, Speedy Ortiz has released their own punky version of her 1998 outtake "Blood Keeper." Not only is it a fitting and feisty homage to Queen Liz, but in its own right the cover showcases Sadie Dupuis's sugar-and-spice vocals and the band's aptitude for all the fuzz and swagger of anthemic rock. If this song doesn't get you excited for the Liz/Ortiz tour, are you even a 90's kid?
Seven // Men I Trust
"Seven", the newest single from Canadian outfit Men I Trust, savors blissful keys and a calming, pulsating bass line, mimicking the warm, fuzzy phase that begins at the end of summer. Things are slowing down and cooling off, and Men I Trust pinpoint these feelings, singing somewhat rather ambiguously about a man's unsure encounter with lovers, but instead of leaving, he decides to stay to feel out the mood. It's a relaxed, guitar forward track that's a perfect soundtrack to sit around a beginning-of-autumn fire without entirely losing a summer mood.
Our Generation // Everyone You Know
When I was in high school, indie pop was the genre to be into, and often dominated radio airways and teen romcoms. "Our Generation" by UK's Everyone You Know pulls heavy influence from this kind of music without being, well, too cheesy. It's a feel-good, let's drink with friends and pretend like we're in a movie sort of tune. Echoing, feathery vocals reflect on the "issues" of the modern age, but then say "it's just our generation", encouraging the listener to let go sometimes.