Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, “Out on the Weekend”
A Little Something More from Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (Stax)
Recommended If You Like: Placeholder albums like Incesticide and Pisces Iscariot
NR&TNS have been pushing their self-titled album for the last 18 months (current sales: 650,000), leaving little time to record a full and proper follow-up. To tide everyone over until they can finish that project, Stax has issued this eight-song collection of B-sides, outtakes and assorted odds’n’sods. This track is being positioned as the single from the album.
Repartee, “I Would Die Before You”
An upcoming EP (Sleepless Records)
RIYL: Electro-pop from Newfoundland
This four-piece from Newfoundland eschews traditional music from The Rock (i.e. no fiddles or sea shanties) in favour of synths and programming. This song is close to five years old (the title was original spelled out but somehow got translated into Princeish in the ensuing years) and remains a live favourite.
Dreamers, “Sweet Disaster”
This Album Does Not Exist (Fairfax Recordings)
RIYL: Lumineers, Imagine Dragons, X Ambassadors
Warning: their official website for this New York-based band looks like an old-school super-ugly MySpace page c.2004 with all kinds of strobe effects. Seriously, if you have a problem with strobes, don’t go here.
Rural Alberta Advantage, “White Lights”
The Dream is Over (Saddle Creek/Paper Bag)
RIYL: Bands named after places they’re not from.
Toronto’s Rural Alberta Advantange has been around for nigh on a decade now and are currently road testing material for their next record, which is due sometime in 2017. This is a taste of their current headspace. Some of the footage for the video comes from a gig at Prince’s old haunt in Minneapolis.
Mona, “In the Middle”
In the Middle EP (Bright Antenna Records)
RIYL: A slightly more screamy Kings of Leon with a touch of Waterboys
This Midwestern American rock band (originally from Ohio now working out of Nashville) has been threatening to have some kind of major breakthrough for almost five years now, but that One Big Song has eluded them. Could this be it?