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LA-based songwriter/producer Chris Gale is gearing up to release his new record A Cloud on June 14th. The record was made over the past two years with his friend Brett Bullion following the dissolution of Gale’s former projects OSO and Warehouse Eyes. Gale was on the verge of giving up on making music in early 2017, losing faith in his ability to break through artistically and to make the kind of work he expected, but thankfully for us he decided to give record-making one last shot.
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Jenn Grant – “Raven”

By Will Oliver, April 10th 2019

Singer-songwriter Jenn Grant will release her new album Love Inevitable on May 31st.

She recently let go of her confident first single “Raven,” a track that came from a personal place for the songwriter. As she describes below.

“‘Raven’ came from a place of trying to find my own power when I was crowded with self-doubt. For me, it’s about taking a step into the unknown and learning to trust yourself. It’s about making a choice to let go of the idea that you needed something or someone, and finally stepping into your freedom.”

Enjoy a listen to the expansive “Raven,” which is posted below.
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British singer-songwriter Chloe Foy is finishing up her current tour in the UK, with a few days of shows left remaining. The talented musician has recently returned with a lovely brand new single with “Oh You Are Not Well,” which further showcases her talent as a pure and true songwriting talent.

“Oh You Are Not Well” immediately strikes you with her passionate vocals and intricate delivery and well-crafted lyrics. It’s a track that soars and soars to new heights with every step of the way.

Then there’s her pretty cover of Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You,” a song that is certainly not in shortage of covers. This is a faithful cover that she still adds enough of her own mix to make it a worthy addition to the collection of covers.

Enjoy both “Oh You Are Not Well” and her take of “Fade Into You” below.
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With Wild Beasts’ splitting up, it’s given the chance for former member Hayden Thorpe to explore a solo career of his own. We got out first taste of his solo output with the release of debut track “Diviner” back in February.

Today Thorpe officially announced that his debut album is also called Diviner and will be released via Domino Records on May 24. The announcement also came with the release of another new song with “Love Crimes,” which came along with a beautiful music video for the song that was directed by Alexandra Liveris.

“Love Crimes” is yet another beautiful offering from Thorpe who unsurprisingly is looking to deliver a lovely debut solo album, bringing just enough of elements of some latter-day Wild Beasts, while also stepping into some new unexplored territory at the same time.

Find the video for “Love Crimes” posted below, along with the tracklist for Diviner. The album is also available to preorder here.
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[music video]: Slothrust – “Peach”

By Will Oliver, April 9th 2019

Last year saw trio Slothrust return with their new album The Pact via Dangerbird Records. The band has been touring hard in support of the album, including a performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg last November.

They’ve recently released the official music video for single “Peach” that was directed by Jason Lester and features some animation that reminds of classic early Disney films.

Enjoy the music video which is posted below.
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Today Hot Chip announced that they will return with their seventh album A Bath Full of Ecstasy on June 21st via Domino Records. The album announcement comes accompanied by the release of the first song from the reocrd: “Hungry Child.”

At 6-minutes long, “Hungry Child” sweells towards big climatic build and climax that feels very much like the sort of track you hope for with Hot Chip, but also one that expands its reach to some elements of house and garage. It’s a welcome return for the band who have sorely been missed in the four years since their last album, 2015’s Why Make Sense?.

The album, which was recorded in Paris and London, sees the group (Owen Clarke, Al Doyle, Joe Goddard, Felix Martin and Alexis Taylor) open up to a more adventurous and collaborative songwriting process, choosing to work with outside producers for the first time: Philippe Zdar (whose produced albums for the likes of Phoenix, Cassius, The Rapture and Franz Ferdinand), and Rodaidh McDonald (who’s collaborated with The XX, David Byrne and Sampha, among other).

Find the official music video for “Hungry Child,” which was directed by Saman Kesh and features Martin Starr and Milana Vayntrub, posted below, along with the album’s cover and tracklist.

A Bath Full of Ecstasy tracklist:

1. Melody of Love
2. Spell
3. Bath Full of Ecstasy
4. Echo
5. Hungry Child
6. Positive
7. Why Does My Mind
8. Clear Blue Skies
9. No God

The National Release New Song “Light Years”

By Will Oliver, April 4th 2019

(The National with director Mike Mills)

The National will release their new album I Am Easy To Find on May 17th via 4AD. Along with the album announcement came the release of the opening track “You Had Your Soul with You.”

Today the band returned with another new album cut with “Lights Years,” along with its official music video which features scenes from Mike Mills upcoming short film for the album, I Am Easy To Find, which stars Academy Award Winner Alicia Vikander
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Last week saw These New Puritans return with their new album Inside the Rose via BMG, their first album in six years.

We already shared the music video for single “Anti-Gravity” and today return with the haunting ballad of album cut “Where The Trees Are On Fire.”

Engulfed in a dark haunted atmosphere with some lovely use of horns, the track gets an equally lovely music video that was directed by Max Luz & George Barnett.

Enjoy the music video for the track posted below.
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Con Davidson – “Talk”

By Will Oliver, March 25th 2019

Con Davison is a Texas raised songwriter who now calls Saint Paul, Minnesota home.

Last year saw him release his debut EP Far Off Distant Plans, which included fun indie rock anthems such as his current single “Talk,” which just got an official music video that was directed by Dan Stewart.

Find the video posted below and enjoy the full EP which is available to buy and stream at his Bandcamp.
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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard will return with new album Fishing For Fishies on April 26th via ATO Records/Flightless Records.

They already gave us a first taste of the album back in January with “Cyboogie” and have returned with a music video for the latest single and title track “Fishing For Fishies” a more mellow but still very much in the unique wheelhouse of their sound, with some blues and folk-influenced sprinkled in with their usual weird psych grooves.

Find the video for “Fishing For Fishies” available to watch below along with the Fishing For Fishies tracklist.
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