New Music Friday: From Anticipated Comebacks to the Perfect Coda
January 17, 2020
Mac Miller — 'Circles'
The posthumous album 'Circles' from the late Mac Miller sounds like the perfect companion piece to his impacting 2018 album 'Swimming,' where Miller really came into his own. Who knows how deep Miller could’ve gotten with the tracks on 'Circles' especially working close with producer Jon Brion. But even if they’re unfinished, they sound complete for the perfect coda.
Without warning again, Eminem released his new album 'Music to be Murdered By.' The new album features a verse from the late Juice WRLD, as well as features from Black Thought, Young M.A, Q-Tip, Ed Sheeran, Anderson .Paak, and others. Dr. Dre is even credited on production. In addition to the surprise release, Eminem released a music video for the single “Darkness,” that’s already stirring up controversy.
The eccentric and ridiculously art punk brother duo The Garden shared a glimpse of their upcoming album 'Kiss My Super Bowl Ring,' out March 13 via Epitaph Records. The new single “Clench To Stay Awake” is both punchy and aggressive, but also unpredictable with its tint of hardcore punk. However if you’re familiar with the brothers's music, then you know that’s sort of the band’s philosophy.
The versatile and chameleonic Zak Olsen is always up to something. Whether it’s being active in various bands (i.e., ORB, Thibault), helping out with events and shows for his mates’s Aussie label, Flightless Records or recording music behind his own project Traffik Island, the Aussie musician likes to keep himself busy. And now, he’s following up Traffik Island’s excellent debut album, 'Nature Strip,' with the colorful and playful instrumental “Charlie Is My Darling” from the upcoming album 'Sweat Kollecta’s Peanut Butter,' out Feb. 21 via Flightless.
Last year, Archy Marshall, the young British enigma and all-rounded multi-instrumentalist who records under the name King Krule, dropped a 16-minute short film called 'Hey World!' that featured four new songs. One of them was an acoustic take on the newly released “(Don’t Let The Dragon) Draag On,” the first single for his upcoming album 'Man Alive!' out Feb. 21. This new studio version is dripped into the dark jazzy and dubbed underworld of King Krule with its spaced-out grooves and emotionally deep vocals.
Following their excellent and more mature LP 'Lookout Low' and a pair of one-off singles from last year, Twin Peaks are back with a double single “Cawfee” / “St. Vulgar,” continuing their dive into early ‘70s Stones country rock. “Cawfee” is more relaxed and charming, while “St. Vulgar” is a rowdy and jaunty party anthem also recalls the Black Lips. Both singles are also accompanied by a pair of fun lyric videos that features the fellow Chicago musician James Swanberg doing karaoke to both.
Bombay Bicycle Club — 'Everything Else Has Gone Wrong'
It’s weird to think Bombay Bicycle Club is behind one of the more anticipated and comeback releases of the year. Their last full-length album, 2014’s 'So Long, See You Tomorrow' was a complete curveball with its electronic style and ambitious use of sampling that left the band on a high-note. But after a six-year hiatus the band sounds better than ever on their new album, 'Everything Else Has Gone Wrong.' The band blends sonic experimentations with catchy and sweeping hooks and krauty rhythms along with a couple beautiful airy and melancholic tunes. The album has a shade of breezy psychedelia, but never goes above that and as a whole. It’s consistently gratifying, which shows far they’ve advanced as adolescents who once just wanted to be one the Strokes.
Matty Healy and his gang shared the fourth single for their anticipated upcoming album 'Notes On A Conditional Form,' out April 24 via Dirty Hit/Polydor Records. “Me & You Together Song” is more proper compared to the previous singles. It finds the band flirting with dreamy jangle pop and sounding like a ‘90s one-hit wonder. Healy freely sings over a rich texture of instrumentals that features bouncy drums and bright, jangly guitars.
Roses & Revolutions — “Dancing in a Daydream” (ft. Weathers)
Alyssa Coco and Matt Merritt, who’s behind the duo Roses & Revolutions have shared the second single “Dancing in a Daydream” to preview their upcoming EP 'Under the Spell,' out April 17. The new single that features a duet with Weathers’s frontman Cameron Boyer, feels more personal with Coco's Colorful vocal approach underlying Merrit’s dreamy and adventurous instrumentals.