The Music Lab was once again locked in the building for the weekend with orders to sort through all of the new music that came out last week. Here are their five recommendations.
1. The Beaches, Snake Tongue
Single (for now) (Universal)
Recommended If You Like: Female-powered rock’n’roll
The Beaches had a really good run with Late Show, their debut major label record, but now it’s time for The Difficult Second Record™. Snake Tongue is their first bit of new material since the release of that first record. Written by singer Jordan Miller, the song is “about our own experiences, but hope that it empowers women who are constantly on the receiving end of unwanted attention to take back some control in small but meaningful ways.” If you’re a collector, the song is also part of the Fascination 7-inch.
2. Cage the Elephant/Beck, Night Running
Social Cues (RCA/Sony)
RIYL: Albums written while the lead singer is getting divorced
After teasing the new album with four singles, Social Cues will finally be available in its entirety this Friday. The group had a tough time finishing this track, so they took a risk and sent some ideas to Beck, someone they’d toured with previously. Beck surprised them by getting right back to the band with a couple of verses and ideas that completed the song perfectly. It pays to network, you know?
3. Operators, Faithless
Radiant Dawn (Elektra)
RIYL: Synthy krautrock
Dan Boeckner, he of Montreal’s Wolf Parade, occasionally freelances with keyboardist Devojka and drummer Sam Brown. After putting out a debut album in 2016, Operators has reconvened for a new record that will be out in May. The sound is kinda krautrock-y, which should make for a good driving song. For maximum effect, watch the video with its weird archival footage.
4. Modest Mouse, Poison the Well
Single (for now) (Epic/Sony)
RIYL: Jerky quirkiness
Saturday was Record Store Day, which means a lot of fun and weird collectibles went on sale. Among them was a triangle-shaped(!!!) 7-inch single from Modest Mouse featuring their first new music in over four years. There’s a tour with The Black Keys coming this fall, so hopefully, this is a taste of a new album.
The National, You Had Your Soul With You
I Am Easy to Find (4AD)
RIYL: Aracade Fire, Band of Horses, City and Colour
This record comes as something of a surprise as few fans were expecting anything. While the album won’t be out until May 17, fans can also look forward to a 24-minute film that accompanies this first single. The album itself runs 63 minutes (16 songs; here’s a trailer), making it the longest-ever record from the band.
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