With the Grammys in the rear-view and the culmination of festival season in the cross hairs, musicians are gearing up their 2015 releases with the seasonal deluge of singles and teasers. It can be difficult to maintain a handle on every up-and-comer’s new tunes, especially when top-tier artists drop surprise albums like freak Oprah giveaways. The struggle is real. To relieve you of these first-world stresses, we’re here to provide you with a weekly roundup of the tunes you should be hearing.
Shortly after the band announced they were “fucking pleased” to be released by the “clutches of the demented vulture that is Warner Bros.,” they shared their latest single “Black Cherry Pie,” which will be featured on their forthcoming full-length Wasted on the Dream (via Infinity Cat, 3/24). The song packs the group’s psych-grunge punch and features a shocking guest appearance by Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, who shreds the shit out of an electric flute solo.
Sub Pop’s Canadian aggressors announced METZ II, the follow-up to their 2012 self-titled LP, with the heart-pounding, riotous track “Acetate,” accompanied by Travis Millard’s pancake-piece visual. METZ II is due out May 4th internationally and May 5th in North America.
Everyone’s favorite Queens-based chef-turned-rapper Action Bronson shared another track off his major-label debut Mr. Wonderful (due out 3/24 via VICE/Atlantic). An easy-going glide through its first three minutes, “Terry” takes a turn toward the surreal with its closing transition.
After a four-year LP dry spell, Oklahoma’s Other Lives finally announced their 2015 full-length Rituals via its single “Reconfiguration.” The new track is ornately decorated with invigorating synths that delightfully contrast lead vocalist Jess Tabish’s brooding tone.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra had everyone rubber-necking at their latest single “Multi-Love,” whose funked-up pulse warranted repeat listens. The group known for the placid-minded tunes featured on their self-titled debut and sophomore LP II are deconstructing and rewiring their sound in their third. Frontman Ruben Nielson reinforces this notion in the album announcement’s press release:
It felt good to be rebelling against the typical view of what an artist is today, a curator. It’s more about being someone who makes things happen in concrete ways. Building old synthesizers and bringing them back to life, creating sounds that aren’t quite like anyone else’s. I think that’s much more subversive.