Kaleo, “All the Pretty Girls”
Recommended If You Like: Everything Kaleo has done up to this point
Yet another single—number four, actually–from last year’s It Band from Iceland. It’s not all that new, really, as this video was posted on YouTube almost three years ago. Hey, some things take time.
Terra Lightfoot, “All Alone”
Every Time My Mind Runs Wild (Sonic Unyon)
RIYL: Authentic Canadian roots-pop
Fresh from playing 150 gigs in eight countries last year, Terra will be on the road for a big chunk of 2017. Things are going well, so this is not the time to slow down. This video was shot in the wilds near Ullapool, Scotland.
Nine Inch Nails, “Burning Bright (Field on Fire)”
Not the Actual Events EP (Nothing)
RIYL: A hangover augmented with a brain aneurysm followed by a little trepanning (Google that).
Trent surprised us with this five-song EP just before Christmas and promises two more major releases this year. Whatever could that mean?
The Red Cannons, “Always Something”
Always Something EP (Saddle Creek/Paper Bag)
RIYL: A slightly countrified version of the Trews
Out of Spruce Grove, Alberta, these guys got attention with a song called “Underneath the Floorboards,” which was inspired by the psychotic behavior of the narrator in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Telltale Heart.” This song isn’t nearly that murderous.
Twenty One Pilots, “Ride” (ft. Mutemath)
Single (No label)
RIYL: Alternative universes
The guys in Twenty One Pilots are buddies with the guys in Mutemath. After touring together on something called the Emotional Roadshow, they thought they’d get together reimagine some of each other’s songs under the name TOP x MM and then made them available for free for 30 days. Here’s an example.