5 songs you must check out this week.
Little Scream, “Love as a Weapon”
Single (Dine Alone/Merge)
RIYL: Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, a less-electronic Grimes.
Born in Iowa but now living in Montreal, Laurel “Little Scream” Sprengelmeyer has worked with Richard Parry of Arcade Fire (he produced her 2011 album) and The National (she’s done some backup vocals for them). The AF connection has led to a new deal with their label, Merge Records. An album is due later this year.
Royal Blood, “Where Are You Now?”
Single (Warner Brothers)
RIYL: Black Keys, White Stripes, Some Pixies
Brighton’s two-man noise machine (and Foo Fighters favourites) is a second album that should be out later this year. This track was apparently inspired by watching the HBO show Vinyl.
Tragically Hip, “In a World Possessed by the Human Mind”
RIYL: Really? It’s sounds like the f**kin’ HIP!
I’d heard that the new album had the words “Dougie Stardust” in the title, but after David Bowie’s death back in January, there was some sober reflection and a change of heart. Look for a June(ish) release.
Fitz & The Tantrums, “Handclap”
Fitz & The Tantrums (Cadence)
RIYL: Hall & Oates, Sharon Jones, Young Empires
Three albums in and they’ve already given up come up with titles? Well, they have been busy, okay? Back off. The new record will be here June 10 and followed by a tour called “Get Right Back.”
Full Circle (Matador)
RIYL: Massive Attack, some Portishead, Music to come down to after an all-night EDM party
Is anyone keeping a list of recent bands who insist that their names be spelled IN ALL CAPS? If so, here’s another one—and don’t forget the “grapheme” known as “ash” (that’s the official etymological term for Æ. I know that bit of mediæval spelling is hard to manœvre, but what are you going to do? You still pronounced the band’s name “halos.”