5 songs you must check out this week.
RIYL: Lorde, Alessia Cara, Halsey
Brother-sister electro-pop/trip-hop(ish) duo from New Zealand who grew up singing with their parents in an ABBA tribute band. Maybe you saw them at last year’s WayHome festival. This is the first single from a still-untitled second album.
PUP, “Can’t Win”
The Dream Is Over (SideOneDummy)
RIYL: The Zolas (but harder), Hollerado (but harder), NOFX (about right)
I’ve been watching this nicely aggressive punk band from Toronto for a couple of years now and continue to root for them. With a little luck (and a lot of touring) this album could be their breakout record.
Cage the Elephant, “Cry Baby”
Tell Me I’m Pretty (RCA)
RIYL: Weezer, Imagine Dragons, Black Keys
You know these Kentucky guys by now—after all, this is their fourth album—so you pretty much know what to expect. “Cry Baby” leads off the record and was a logical choice for a second single.
Teenage Craze (EP)
RIYL: Tove Lo, MS MR, Elle King
Not a Kardashian. She’s a 19 year-old from Scotland who already has a deal with the same label that eventually signed Florence + the Machine. She wrote this song when she was 16. Does her mother know she smokes in the bathtub?
Little Green Cars, “Easier Day”
RIYL: Mumford and Sons, Lumineers, Band of Horses
Five-piece indie/folk-rock from Dublin first signed to Island then to Glassnote, the company behind Mumford and Sons. Also good for anyone who misses the rootsier end of REM and tougher side of Fleetwood Mac.