Connect the Dots (Photo Finish)
Recommended If You Like: Walk the Moon, Lumineers, Grouplove
This NYC-based five-piece can be tough to nail down as they veer between indie rock and synth pop (think No Doubt, like with this song but without the Minnie Mouse vocals) and indie folk (Of Monsters and Men). Some may see this as ADHD. Others would see this as flexible. Their second full album is set for release on May 19.
Sir Sly, “High”
RIYL: Mother Mother, Foster the People, The Neighbourhood
Not a dude (you were hoping it was a knighted Sylvester Stallone, weren’t you?) but a three-piece from Los Angeles. This isn’t from You Haunt Me, their debut album from last September, but a non-album single from last month that will probably turn on as part of a future record.
Lana Del Rey, “Love”
Lust for Life (Interscope)
RIYL: The kind of music rich and beautiful have sex to in the back of limos.
This one has been bouncing around since mid-February and is meant to be a warmup for LDR’s fifth album, which is due later this spring. And before you ask, the title of album has nothing to do with Iggy Pop. Nothing.
Billy Talent, “Ghost Ship of Cannibal Rats”
Afraid of Heights (Warner)
RIYL: Duh. It’s Billy Talent.
Although the album isn’t yet a year old (its first birthday will be July 29), a total of six of the albums 12 tracks (13, if you’re looking at the Japanese version), have been issued as singles. Fans should look for the deluxe edition of the album because the bonus disc features eight demo recordings, including this song, “Afraid of Heights” and “Louder Than the DJ.”
Serena Ryder, “Electric Love”
RIYL: Someone who listens and learns from Lady Gaga
Don’t be put off by my RIYL description. You’ll understand as soon as a parallel track featuring “Poker Face” goes off as you listen to the first verse. On the alt-pop spectrum, this is definitely on the “pop” end—and it could end up being a massive international breakthrough. Let’s see how this pans out, shall we?