Stars, “Privilege/We Call It Love”
Single (Last Gang)
Recommended If You Like: Broken Social Scene, Metric, Feist
It’s been a good year for returning Canadian indie rock icons with Broken Social Scene, Feist and Emily Haines all giving us new material so far in 2017. Not to be outdone, Stars has returned with a double A-side single that comes with a note saying a new album isn’t too far off. There’s still no release date, but they promise it’s coming.
How Will You Know If You Never Try (RCA)
RIYL: A righteous kick in the head
Another single (the first was called “Malibu 1992”) from this Nashville quartet’s second album. Apparently, this was one of those songs that was born very quickly. Summery stuff, too.
Banners, “Someone To You”
RIYL: Killers, Kaleo, Atlas Genius
New stuff from the Liverpool guy who has an affinity for Canada. The EP from which this song has been extracted will be available later this summer. Meanwhile, he’s on tour with Milky Chance right now, which sounds like a pretty solid double bill.
War On Drugs, “Holding On”
A Deeper Understanding (Atlantic)
RIYL: Arcade Fire, Killers, the glockenspiel bits in “Born to Run”
This is a little easier to digest than the last single, “Thinking of a Place”, which clocked in at over eleven minutes. This track is almost exactly half that length and accomplishes twice as much. If you de-tune your brain a little bit, this almost sounds like a long-lost classic rock song.
George Ezra, “Don’t Matter Now”
RIYL: Kaleo, Jake Bugg, Mumford & Sons
Time to finally follow up his debut album, Wanted on a Voyage from 2014. An album is coming later this year (title and date still TBA, apparently) but this is the kind of new material he’s playing live this summer. This song talks about how he’s had to battle with anxiety.