Here we go, the weekly Weekend Showcase that highlights some great new tunes from the not-so-distant past. This week, you’ll find 20 singles from all over the world on probably our most eclectic mix yet. If you like what you hear, click on the song title, as there are additional tracks. If you like the artist / band, click on their name to be taken to their Facebook page (assuming they have one). Get to know these artists & bands! Tracklisting follows the playlist.
- “Together or Alone” is the fantastic lead single from Eternal Summers‘ forthcoming new album, Gold and Stone (06/02 on Kanine Records). The stirring track blends the euphoric rock of The Joy Formidable and indie pop a la Glasgow’s The Pastels. Get details on their Pledge Music campaign by clicking the song title.
- “My Heroes Are Dead” is the awesome single by The Rebel Light, the indie pop-rock trio from Los Angeles. The track echoes of the brilliance of Portugal. The Man. So, so good!!!
- “Swirl” is the dazzling single from Gothenburg, Sweden quintet Westkust. The single blares with the blazing indie pop-rock of The Raveonettes coupled with the catchy beats of The Go! Team. “Swirl” is the lead single from their forthcoming album, Last Forever (4/22 on Swedish indie label Luxury).
- “A Thousand Pieces” is the stirring track from Chris Batson‘s latest album, Hello I’m Dreaming. With a voice like David Sitek of TV on the Radio and of Maximum Balloon fame, the track is lush and dreamy. Hear more tracks from his EP by clicking on the song title.
- “Perfinious” is the dark dub-wave track from Portland trio, Unicorn Domination. The single is from the hypnotic debut album, Drala. The singles from the album have been remixed several times, and you can hear some by clicking on the song title.
- “Room” is the spine-chilling, new indie-rock track from Nashville native Liza Odachowski, who goes by Liza Anne. The single echoes of Sharon Van Etten and New Zealand’s Tiny Ruins – from the poignant, honest lyrics to the haunting sounds. You can also check out some additional tunes from her debut album, The Colder Months, which was released a year ago.
- “Television Static Dreams” is the new single – and first in two years – from UK-based The Kindling. Self-labeled as “alternative-folk”, the track is a slow, dark, haunting track that is filled with a chilling atmosphere. It’s the first single from their forthcoming album, By Morning.
- “Surf Metal” represents the return of Vancouver innovators, Walter TV. Better known as Mac DeMarco’s backing band, the trio create music that mixes indie rock with Latin, Middle Eastern, and African sounds and textures, and the product is a worldly sound that is captivating. This is the lead single from their forthcoming album, Blessed (Sinderlyn, 06/23).
- “O.N.S.” is the shoegazey, post-punk, drone rocker by Parma, Italy band My Invisible Friend. You might hear traces of Joy Division and even a bit of krautrock icons Faust. The single is part of their self-titled, debut EP.
- “Silent Alarm” from UK’s Frett is a groovy, cool track that combines R&B and synth-pop textures to create a pretty stunning track. It has traces of Wild Beast, The Antlers, Rhye, and The XX. See the video and download the track for free by clicking the song title.
- “Alligator Years” is the lead single from Twinsmith‘s forthcoming new album, Right Now (Saddle Creek, 5/5). The catchy single is a cross between the boppy indie-pop of Passion Pit and the breezy music of Jens Lekman.
- “Punk Soul (I’m Wrong)” is the funky, jazzy, soulful, hip-hop single by Chicago Loud 9. It has a late ’80s, east coast vibe (there’s even a tribute to Naughty by Nature) that will have you lifting your hands in the air.
- “Suckerpunch” is from Toronto rockers Vast Robot Armies. The single is from their debut LP, Little Creatures, which is classic ’90s, in-your-face rock that at times is anthemic.
- “Lydia” is the new single from Brooklyn-based indie-rock trio Highly Suspect. Similar to Royal Blood, the band’s sound is hard-nosed, cathartic rock. It’s the lead single from their forthcoming, debut LP, Mister Asylum.
- “Res(e)t” is the stunning single from New York-based The Sweet Boys. The song is atmospheric and dreamy, giving it a sense that one is racing through time. The song is from their debut album, Foible Pangs.
- “Dreamy” is from Chile’s The Holydrug Couple, and the single is, well, dreamy and lush. It’s mesmerizing, adding touches of shoegaze and psychedelia. The single is from their forthcoming, new album Moonlust (5/12, Sacred Bones).
- “She Speaks the Wave“ is the new single from Toronto indie pop-rock band, The Nursery. It’s a fast-paced, blazing number that sprinkles with 80s synth-pop. Click the song title to see the colourful and powdery video.
- “Friction” is the 80s-esque, pop tune from Belfast indie band Go Wolf. It has the great things we love about ’80s music – catchy, danceable, and just utterly cheesy awesomeness (and that’s a good thing). The single is from their forthcoming EP, Running (Ooh La La Records, 3/10). Click the song title to hear more tracks.
- “That Battle is Over” is from Norwegian singer-songwriter Jenny Hval. It has the haunting, indie folk-rock sound of Marissa Nadler with poignant lyrics to match. This is the lead single from Hval’s third album, Apocalypse, girl (Sacred Bones & Su Tissue (Norway), 6/9).
- “Välfärdens färd över världen” by Gothenburg, Sweden songwriter Patrik Wennberg is a dreamy, indie folk-pop track. It has a cool, breezy vibe that you can hear over and over again. The single is one of two songs released in anticipation of Wennberg’s debut album. Hear the other track and watch the beautiful video for “Välfärdens” by clicking on the song title.
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