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New Music Friday - Starting the Year Off Right

Whyte Horses — “Tocyn” ft. Gruff Rhys

Led by the mysterious Dom Thomas, Whyte Horses will release an album later this year called 'Hard Times,' which will feature guest vocals from Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), La Roux, John Grant, Tracyanne Campbell (Camera Obscura), Badly Drawn Boy, Chrysta Bell (Twin Peaks: The Return) and Mèlanie Pain (Nouvelle Vague). They just released a cover of “Tocyn,” originally by the Welsh prog-rock band Brân. The cover features Gruff Rhys on vocals and is driven by an energetic glammy rock beat that is unforgettable.

Stream the single here.

Wild Nothing — “Foyer”

Last year, Wild Nothing released “Blue Wings,” a standalone leftover track from the sessions of 2018’s 'Hard Times.' Then frontman Jack Tatum released another leftover track from those sessions right before the ball dropped called “Foyer,” which will be included along with “Blue Wings” for an upcoming EP titled 'Laughing Gas,' out this February. The new dreamy and funk-induced single continues the ‘80s aesthetic Tatum loves flirting with.

Stream the single here.

Bombay Bicycle Club — “I Can Hardly Speak”

“I Can Hardly Speak” is another track Bombay Bicycle Club have shared off their anticipated upcoming 'Everything Else Has Gone Wrong,' their first in six years. Similar almost to the past singles, this new one shares the instantly gratifying touches of upbeat, but light psychedelic indie pop the band is well-known for.

Stream the single here.

The Strokes — “Ode to the Mets” (live performance)

The Strokes closed out the 2010s by playing a new song and also confirming an upcoming album that will arrive for the new year at a Brooklyn show on New Year’s Eve. The new track is called “Ode to the Mets” and it heads in the experimental direction the Strokes have been flirting with since their last album 'Comedown Machine' in 2013. The Strokes have a good way in sounding familiar because even though this sounds like a mixture of their material from the 2010s and the members’ solo projects, it still manages to sound like a classic Strokes song. It carries a similar mellow tone to the title track of their classic debut album.

Check out the performance below.

Justin Bieber — “Yummy”

Justin Biber is back with the new track “Yummy,” the first track for his upcoming fifth studio album. The smooth and flavorful R&B track is a steamy tribute to his wife Hailey Beiber. “I’m elated that you’re my lady,” he sings. “Yeah, you got that yummy yum, that yummy yum, that yummy yummy.” 2020 looks like it's going to be a big year for the Biebs, as he will release a new album and a YouTube docuseries called 'Justin Bieber: Seasons.'

Stream the new single here.

Lauv — “Changes”

“Changes” is the latest single to drop leading up to Lauv’s long-awaited 21-track debut album, '~how i'm feeling~', due this March. Continuing Lauv’s contemporary minimal pop-aesthetic, this is one of the more relatable tracks here, as its about reflecting on the past year and resolving new changes in the year ahead.

Stream the latest single here.

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