Having gone through thousands of new songs so far this year, I’ve come to the conclusion that we’re currently adrift when it comes to a unifying sound. There’s no centre to music these days, which leaves us sampling various genres to see if anything sticks in our heads. Maybe there’s something here for you.
1. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, O.N.E.
Recommended If You Like: Psych
One of the singles from the seventeenth album (subtitled Explorations into Microtonal Tuning, Volume 3) from the Australian psych kings. The album was supposed to arrive on February 26, but that seems to have disappeared from the pre-order and release schedules. However, frontman Stu Mackenzie says that the wait won’t be too long.
2. Gus Dapperton, Medicine
RIYL: People with green hair
Like Billie Eilish, Gus Dapperton (real name: Brendan Patrick Rice) has a think about green hair along with dabs of makeup, wild clothes, and thick-rimmed glasses. He’s from Warwick, New York—that’s just north of NYC—and has been making this sort of poppy stuff since 2016. Cool piano riff, this.
3. The Maine, Sticky
XOXO: From Love and Anxiety in Real Time (Photo Finish Records/8123)
RIYL: Two Door Cinema Club, Bastille, Phoenix
Here are five guys from Arizona who are into a melodic sort of alt-pop with a growing following, thanks to the success of a 2019 album entitled You Are OK. This new single is optimistic and hopeful, something that we could all use these days. The new album is set for release on July 9.
4. Hillsburn, Get High
Slipping Away (LHM Records)
RIYL: Maritime Indie-pop
Coming out of Halifax, this self-described party song suggests getting high while listening to Weezer and then napping in the afternoon. The group is down to a four-piece let by the brother-sister duo of Rosanna and Clayton Burrill and had to wait out so much of COVID with a fully-recorded album with an undetermined release day. We now know that Slipping Away will be out May 28.
5. Islands, (We Like To) Do It With the Lights On
Islomania (Royal Mountain)
RIYL: Visual stimulation
Born out of a Montreal band called The Unicorns, Islands came together in 2005 and released seven albums despite a ton of lineup changes. When Nick Thorburn, the only original member decided to get out of music in 2016, everyone thought that was it for the band. Nope. Nick has un-retired and Islands’ first album in five years will be out June 11.
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