Manchester Orchestra, “The Gold”
A Black Mile to the Surface (Favorite Gentlemen, Lorna Vista)
Recommended If You Like: And now for something completely different.
If you loved the big guitars of the first couple of Manchester Orchestra albums, prepare for something that may sound a little off-script—at least initially. Andy Hull and Robert McDowell, the two guys at the centre of the band, seem to have been inspired by the sparse soundtrack work they did for Swiss Army Man, which came out last summer. The new record is still heavy on emotion but a little lighter on guitars. By the way, this song is inspired by an abandoned gold mine in South Dakota.
Bully, “Feel the Same”
Losing (Sub Pop)
RIYL: Veruca Salt cross with Hole cut with Wolf Alice
If this lead-off track is any indication of what the rest of this album will sound like, we’re in for something pretty cool. Losing, this Nashville band’s second album, will be out October 20. I have a feeling there will be a good turnout for their show at Lee’s Palace.
Belle and Sebastian, “We Were Beautiful”
Single (Rough Trade)
RIYL: That scene in Hi-Fidelity where Jack Black tricks a customer into buying a B&S record.
The Scottish twee-rock kings are back with their first bit of new music in two years. Leader Stuart Murdoch seems to be wiping the deck clean with this song, singing “I was blank as I could be, hearing voices telling me/ ‘Walk away from everything.” Nice steel guitar, too. Daniel Lanois will definitely approve.
The Dears, “Of Fisticuffs”
Times Infinity Volume 2 (Paper Bag Records)
RIYL: Broken Social Scene, The Stills, Young Galaxy
This album was recorded at the same time as 2015’s Times Infinity Volume 1, so the Dears are in the position of having to talk about a record they made two years ago. The first single was deliberately worked over a number of times in order to evoke the feel of an old Rolling Stones song.
X Ambassadors, “Ahead of Myself”
RIYL: Imagine Dragons, Kaleo, Bastille
After killing it with their second album, VHS, X Ambassadors haves been teasing fans with a series of non-album singles (well, there’s no album—yet). This track, the fourth piece of new music in 2017, but will end up collect with the others at some point. Or so we’re told.