Blink-182, “Bored to Death”
RIYL: Like Blink of old. All is right with the universe.
With Tom DeLonge off to expose the government’s cover-up of the alien conspiracy, it’s up to Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio) to take up the slack. From the sounds of this track, Blink hasn’t missed a step. Nice to see them back after a four-year break. Release of California is set for July 1. Learn more about the record here.
Rain Over St. Ambrose, “Broken Love”
Still Waking Up (Independent)
RIYL: Tokyo Police Club, Wintersleep, Matt Good
When was the last time a band broke out of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia? Produced by Wintersleep’s Tim D’Eon and mixed at a placed called Castle of Doom in Scotland (seriously!), RASt.A’s second album features plenty of fuzzy stuff with something thrown in for all you stoners who, er, still might just be waking up.
Barns Courtney, “Fire”
RIYL: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, the hard end of Mumford & Sons, Lumineers
When I say the name I thought “Typo. They must mean Courtney Barnett, the awesome Australian singer.” Funny how the brain will do that. No, this is a gospel-blues singer-songwriter from Ipswich, England, who grew up in Seattle and then went back to the UK. He’s friends with Ed Sheeran and Carl Barat of The Libertines—not to mention actor Bradley Cooper who insisted that this song end up on the soundtrack for his movie, Burnt.
Bishop Briggs, “River”
RIYL: Lorde, Lorde and, um, Lorde
First she was “Bishop.” Then “Bishop UK.” And now she seems to have settled on Bishop Briggs, perhaps after the town in Scotland (she’s England—born in London—but living in LA after being raised in Japan and Hong Kong). People started paying attention after she released her 2015 single, “Wild Horses.” Now that “River” is out, the frenzy has begun.
Cloud Nine (RCA)
RIYL: Avicii, Banners, Sam Smith
Legally known as Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, a dance producer and DJ who of Bergen, Norway, he was snapped up by Sony after he scored a series of hits in Europe. Cloud Nine contains at least three singles from 2015.