Lowell, “High Enough”
Part 1: PARIS YK EP (Arts & Crafts)
RIYL: Grimes, Lorde, Tove Lo
Due August 27, Lowell will release an EP that was produced by Zale Epstein, a guy who has worked with Kendrik Lamar. Check out the cool video that was actually shot on 16mm film. Kinda Warhol-esque, no?
Two Door Cinema Club, “Are We Ready? (Wreck)”
RIYL: Franz Ferdinand, Passion Pit, Broken Social Scene
Singer Alex Trimble says TDC’s third album was mostly influenced by Bowie and Prince. The phrase “avant garde craziness” was used. We’ll find out what that means when it comes out October 14. Trigger warning: This song pokes fun at social media and smartphones.
Sam Roberts Band, “If You Want It”
RIYL: It’s Sam, fer gawd’s sake!
The Sam Roberts Band has been on the road since early June, playing everything from vineyards to big festivals. Meanwhile, the group has been spreading the word on a new single via Instagram.
Dorothy, “Dark Nights”
ROCKISDEAD (Roc Nation)
RIYL: Black Keys, Dead Weather, White Stripes
Debut album from thunky, sleazey female-fronted blues stompers from LA. I somehow wouldn’t want to mess with singer Dorothy Martin. She kinda scares me.
Brendan Canning, “Book It to Fresno”
Home Wrecking Years (Arts & Crafts)
RIYL: Well, Broken Social Scene comes to mind…
The Broken Social Scene man is ready with his first solo album in three years (the first since You Gots 2 Chills in 2013, right?) If this is where indie is headed—real drums, big guitars—I’m all for it. Watch for the album August 12.