>>With so much music that was released today and throughout the week, it can be overwhelming and difficult to determine what to listen to. But we managed to string up a list of some of the best new releases to make things easier for you. From the continuing metamorphosis of Tame Impala to the return of the Strokes, here are some of the highlights of New Music Friday.
Tame Impala — 'The Slow Rush'
The one record I think we’ve all been anticipating this month is Tame Impala’s 'The Slow Rush.' In a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, frontman Kevin Parker once said, “Everything I do is a mutant cross between a challenge and something that comes naturally.” This is exactly what Parker’s intentions are moving forward with his project, and 'The Slow Rush' is another example of Parker’s transformation. From the smooth 70s prog-synths to the dazing disco psychedelic epics, Parker packs everything he has on 'The Slow Rush' which makes it feel almost celebratory, continuing his perfect album streak.
After a rally with Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, where they previewed some new material along with performing their anti-cop anthem face-to-face with police, the Strokes are officially back and will be releasing their new album 'The New Abnormal' this April. The lead single, “At The Door,” is like if you combined the styles of Julian Casablancas’ pre-Voidz solo album 'Phrazes For The Young' with their divisive and underrated third album 'First Impressions of Earth.' Even though the instrumentals are minimal and somewhat bare with mostly layers of stern synths (Fab Moretti’s drums are totally absent by the way), Casablancas’ serious tone and croon is what truly makes this track.
Teenage pop sensation and iconoclast Billie Eilish has shared “No Time to Die,” the new gloomy and intense theme for the upcoming James Bond film of the same name. Eilish fits perfectly in with the Bond Theme genre with her shadowy and moody vocals along with Hans Zimmer’s and Matt Dunkley’s dramatic orchestral arrangements and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr’s excellent Bond-styled guitar work.
Beach Bunny’s excellent debut album 'Honeymoon' echoes honest and assertive power pop and garage rock along with showcasing Lily Trifilio’s fantastic songwriting. Filled with quick and punchy hooks backing Trifilio’s slick and masterful lyrics of overcoming heartbreaks and self-doubt, the Chicago quartet excel on their debut album; it’s the perfect album for all the E-boys and girls.
On their fifth studio album, the husband-and-wife indie pop duo Tennis (Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley) release a hypnotic collection of breezy and grooving dream pop songs that feature layers of synths, punching drum-beats and of course Moore’s beautifully soulful vocals. The new album is also filled with plenty of romanticism, perfect for the holiday.
Local musician Madeleine McQueen’s music has always been evolving. On her latest single “Moving On’s Easy,” the singer-songwriter creates an intimate and moody atmosphere with her beautifully evoking and honest vocals that overlay an array of bouncing grooves. According to McQueen, the song chronicles the different stages of moving on.
Cleveland singer-songwriter Emily Keener, who gained national exposure when appearing on 'The Voice' at age 16, is ready to release her forthcoming album 'I Do Not Have to Be Good' due out this May. This week she shared the lead single “Do You Love Me Lately,” a powerful and haunting indie folk tune filled with vulnerability, delicacy and fantasy.
Local indie and alternative rock heavies Free Casino have released another single titled “Spit Take.” The band is known for having a freewheeling essence along with an eclectic taste in musical influences, ranging from Ween to American Football. On the latest single, the band mixes ‘90s pop rock with ‘80s college rock with their jangly and spirited guitars and fantastic vocals.
Jessica Genius is a project that consists of current and former members of Joywave and Kopps. The project has released another single titled “You Don’t Belong Here,” following two previous singles released last year. The new single begins like a dreamy psych ballad but then shifts towards spacey and energetic experimental pop, reminiscent of something you’d hear of Animal Collective’s 'Centipede Hz.'
The Los Angeles-based garage punk outfit Flat Worms are getting ready to release their upcoming album 'Antarctica,' set for release April 10 via Drag City Records. Backed by the classic Steve Albini-engineered sound along with the aid of prolific rocker Ty Segall behind the soundboard, the trio’s new single “Market Forces” is sneering and brutal. It features blistering and chaotic guitar leads along with a heavy full-body rhythm section.