Young the Giant, “Silvertongue”
Home of the Strange (Fueled by Raman)
Recommended If You Like: Atlas Genius, Passion Pit, Cold War Kids’
Third single from the third album which deals with topics of immigrant history at the idea of American identity. I wonder how lead singer Sameer Gadhia—a first-generation American of Indian heritage—feels about the new US president?
Ascot Royals, New Skin”
Single (Slaight Music)
RIYL: Passion Pit, Keane, Coldplay
Canadian five-piece featuring guitarist Tal Vaisman who met up with the two Chauveau brothers who are from England. Scott Page and Sam Stark are Canadian. Think they can come up with stuff to sing about?
Featurette, “Give a Little”
RIYL: Phantogram, MS MR, Tove Lo
Male-female duo from Toronto that’s showing early potential as they try to distinguish themselves in a sea of synthpop groups. So far, they’ve landed tour slots with Ria Mae and Coleman Hell. Let’s see where they go from here.
Silversun Pickups, “Latchkey Kids”
Better Nature (New Machine Records)
RIYL: Smashing Pumpkins, Jimmy Eat Work, some Muse
Yes, this is another single from an album that was released in the fall of 2015. Then again, when you financed an album yourself using a Pledgemusic campaign, you want to wring every bit of potential out of it before you have to go to that crowdsource well again.
LP, “Lost on You”
Lost on You (Vagrant)
RIYL: MS MR, Phantogram, Broken Bells
Even though LP—short for Laura Pergoiolizzi, a singer from Long Island—has written songs for the Backstreet Boys, Rihanna and Christina Aguilera, don’t let that put you off. LP has found admiration from the alt-pop set. This particular song did quite well in France, Israel, Poland, Romania, Turkey, Greece and Serbia and has been Shazamed more than 5 million times.