The Shins, “Name for You”
Recommended If You Like: Death Cab for Cutie, Weezer, New Pornographers
Some five years after the last album, Port of Morrow, the Shins return with their fifth album March 10. If you pre-order the record, you’ll get this track (Bouncy! Happy! Cowbell!) and another called “Dead Alive” instantly. What’s it sound like? More like the first three records than the last one.
Said the Whale, “Step into the Darkness”
As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide (Hidden Pony)
RIYL: Matt Good, Sam Roberts, Black Keys
The fifth album from this Vancouver band is due March 31 and will start a winter tour of Canada that starts with a performance at the Big Winter Classic in Calgary on January 19. They’ll be in Toronto at Lee’s Palace the day the album gets released.
James Hersey, “Miss You”
Miss You (Glassnote)
RIYL: The xx, mellow Moby, Purity Ring
Electropoppy crossover artist from the Vienna (shades of Falco!) who has been enjoying success in Europe and is now signed the Glassnote, the same label that gave us Mumford & Sons and The Strumbellas.
USS, “Who’s With Me”
New World Alphabet (Coalition Music)
RIYL: Bands with a sound that’s too hard to categorize.
After teasing the album for months (including a series of six sold-out back-to-back shows across Toronto back in November plus the advance single, “Work Shoes”), Ash and the Human Kebab released New World Alphabet this past Friday. Their Canadian tour is on now.
Sigma, “Find Me” (feat. Birdy)
Single (All Around the World)
RIYL: David Guetta, Avicii, Swedish House Mafia
The DJ/producer duo from Leeds hired singer-songwriter Birdy (aka Jasmine van den Bogaerde, the person behind the hit “Skinny Love”) to provide the vocals for a song from a still-untitled upcoming album. If you’re into lush club music—there’s a string section here in addition to the ubiquitous upward-running phased drumbeats—then this is for you.