New Music Friday: From Anticipated Comebacks to the Perfect Coda

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.

Stream the new album here.

Eminem — 'Music to be Murdered By'

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.

Stream the new album here.

The Garden — “Clench To Stay Awake”

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.

Stream the newest single here.

Traffik Island — “Charlie Is My Darling”

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.

Stream the newest single here.

King Krule — “(Don’t Let The Dragon) Draag On”

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.

Stream the newest single here.

Twin Peaks — “Cawfee” / “St. Vulgar”

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.

Stream the newest singles here.

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.

Stream the new album here.