From The Zolas to Tokyo Police Club, here are the 5 songs you must hear this week.
The Zolas, “Swooner”
Swooner (Light Organ Records)
RIYL: Arkells, New Pornographers, Arcade Fire
In 2015, the Zolas’ Zachary Gray spent some time collaborating with Carly Rae Jepsen, something that no doubt honed his pop sensibilities—always instructive when it comes to songwriting. The title track of the upcoming third album has more than a little bit of a confident swagger to it. The album will be available March 8.
CHVRCHES, “Clearest Blue”
Every Open Eye (Virgin/EMI)
RIYL: The xx, Purity Ring, Depeche Mode
The fourth single—more electronica/synthpop from this Glasgow band’s second album—should help fans who want this band to be the second coming of New Order or Eurythmics. Fast fact: “Clearest Blue” received its live debut at Ottawa Blues Festival last summer.
The Joy Formidable, “The Last Thing On My Mind”
Hitch (Canvasback Music)
RIYL: Arcade Fire, Sugarcubes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
As someone who is patiently waiting for a full-on shoegaze revival—often hinted at but never attained—I’ve placed much faith in this band from northern Wales. We’ll see what happens when their third album comes out March 25.
The Dead Weather, “Impossible Winner”
Dodge & Burn (Third Man)
RIYL: Band of Skulls, White Stripes, Jack White‘s solo material
Fourth single—and the closing song—from the third album by Jack White’s other other other band. And unlike every other track on the record, this one was written entirely by singer Alison Mosshart.
Tokyo Police Club, “Not My Girl”
Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness (Dine Alone)
RIYL: Strokes, Modest Mouse, Pixies
Well, this was a surprise. TPC dropped this single on everyone without any notice on Friday. Don’t you just love surprises? This single is from a two-part EP entitled Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness. Seriously. That’s what they’re calling their new release. This song is from Part 1. Part 2 will be released later in the year.