Lorde, “Green Light”
Recommended If You Like: Gen Z angst
New Zealand’s most-anticipated musical export (sorry, Flight of the Conchords) is finally ready with that difficult second album. Can she equal the success of Pure Heroine? And now that she’s the ripe old age of 20, can she still tap into the angst that make the first record so powerful? Here’s the first taste of the album that’ll be out this summer.
Common Deer, “Confession (I Should Have Known)”
I EP (Independent)
RIYL: Strumbellas, Cranberries, Lumineers
Five-piece from Toronto containing two sets of siblings that have been around for about two years that features both violins and cellos. Call it “orchestral indie.” Watch for them during Canadian music week.
Dreamcar, “Kill for Candy”
RIYL: No Doubt but with less estrogen.
What do you call No Doubt when you get a dude to sub in for Gwen Stefani? Dreamcar, apparently. Three quarters of ND convinced AFI singer Davey Havok that they should work together in some kind of supergroup. It’s kind of like when Rage Against the Machine drafted Chris Cornell and became Audioslave. BTW, they actually call themselves a New Wave band, something that no on has done in a long time.
Humans, “Tell Me”
Single (Hybridity Music)
RIYL: Phoenix, Fitz and the Tantrums, some Hall & Oates (if you listen hard enough)
Yes, there’s a British electro band called Humans (they’ve been around since 2007), but in this case we’re talking about a Vancouver electro duo (est. 2009, so they may have name issues eventually). They’re great live, apparently.
Marian Hill, “Down”
ACT ONE (Republic)
RIYL: Art of Noise, Bjork, Tori Amos
Not a person but two people—Jeremy and Samantha—from Philadelphia who use the names of two characters from The Music Man (Marian Paroo and Harold Hill). They’re into a synthpop form of R&B that seems to be in vogue in some quarters now.