In the days leading up to festival season’s unofficial kickoff at Coachella this weekend, we were treated with a collection of curious, must-click music headlines: “Marilyn Manson Sucker Punched at Alberta Denny’s.” “GWAR Sued For Stealing Ashes of Late Frontman.” When the bloggy realms weren’t dishing on the life and times of a 46-year-old goth kid and intergalactic metal monsters, they were sharing some pretty solid new tunes.
TAME IMPALA – “’CAUSE I’M A MAN”
Earlier this week, Australian psych-pop stars Tame Impala subdued their jubilant stoner tone with a new track off their forthcoming third studio LP, Currents. Although the infectious and poppy “Let It Happen” was our initial taste of the Lonerism follow-up back in March, the fresh bit entitled “’Cause I’m A Man” is the album’s first official single.
“'Cause I’m A Man” is a mild tempered slow jam reminiscent of some Blood Orange-penned nostalgia with Tame Impala’s downer-induced DNA pungently entwined.
Currents is due out later this year via Interscope.
MS MR – “PAINTED”
At this point, the ‘90s pop culture resurgence is an airborne epidemic that’s traversed all musical genres and entertainment spheres. Thanks to millennials’ masturbatory ‘90s Kids’ mania we’ll soon be forced to forget a Hilary Duff comeback album and news will halt for real-time coverage of a Full House reboot. But while the entertainment industry continues to lazily source Clinton’s decade to mass-produce box office guarantees, there are artists who are tastefully drawing inspiration from the Slick Willy years. One such entity is musical duo MS MR, who this week mastered ‘90s dance pop in their new single “Painted.” The song will be featured on the group’s sophomore LP whose arrival is anticipated this summer.
FLUME – “LAY ME DOWN” (SAM SMITH REMIX)
Flume made king of sulk Sam Smith sound a little less sad. Is that a Grammy category yet?
SHARON VAN ETTEN – “I DON’T WANT TO LET YOU DOWN”
Last week we heard SVE’s lovely voice with The National, and on Wednesday we were gifted with the title track of her new EP I Don’t Want To Let You Down. Although this EP only contains five tracks, it boasts a stacked guest list. Adam Granduciel and Dave Hartley from The War On Drugs, Megafaun’s Brad Cook, and Ben Folds Five’s Darren Jessee all make appearances. Sharon Van Etten has cooler bros than any of us.
HALEY REINHART & POST MODERN JUKEBOX – “CREEP” (RADIOHEAD COVER)
Alright, alright, we know Radiohead’s “Creep” is the village bicycle of cover songs. It’s been done by The Pretenders, Tears For Fears, Macy Gray, and every teenager on YouTube with a guitar and hurt feelings. And there has to be a shitty ska band solely dedicated to pre-OK Computer Radiohead out there right? Somewhere between our nightmares and New Jersey there’s a VFW hall hosting Skablo Honey tonight. But through the thick of this unceasing imitation, finally comes a stunning rendition from an even more unexpected source: Haley Reinhart. The former American Idol contestant teamed up with Post Modern Jukebox to take the 1993 classic back a few more decades.