Back in the day, new music — in its physical form of records, CDs, and cassettes — dropped every Tuesday. For the most anticipated releases (i.e. Guns N Roses “Use Your Illusion,”) people, ahem, actually camped out in front of Tower Records / Sports Arena (R.I.P.) on a Monday night for midnight sales.
Since shifting to streaming services, needless to say, that’s no longer the case. Instead, artists upload new music to streaming platforms every Friday — giving YEW’s music team the weekend to listen / digest / recommend new jams to YEW!
For our first installment of NEW MUSIC MONDAY, here’s this week’s most YEWworthy releases :
Grizzly Bear — Three Rings
A very delicate and multi-layered indie rock jam, Three Rings is the band’s first new offering since 2012’s Shields. Beautiful and haunting, it sweeps and soars into epic Grizzly Bear territory.
LCD Soundsystem — call the police
James Murphy’s dance-indie outfit, LCD Soundsystem, is back with two new 80’s-inspired jams, “call the police” and “american dream.” On “call the police,” musically, LCD channels New Order, vocally, Murphy goes full-Bono.
Day Wave — Something Here
Day Wave, aka Northern-Cal vocalist Jackson Phillips, drops his first album packed with dreamy vocals, chiming guitars and driving drums. First single, ‘Something Here,’ is straight out of a John Hughes movie.
Alex Ebert — Broken Record
Best known as the singer of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Alex Ebert throws down a captivating new single, ‘Broken Record.’ About the track, Ebert says “once in a while enough heartache piles up and you get that tender electric.”
Dead Cross — Grave Slave
This new hardcore supergroup features Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Misfits), Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle) Justin Pearson (The Locust, Retox), and Michael Crain (Retox). Patton tells Rolling Stone, “To me, it is a traditional hardcore record. It is very pointed, direct and visceral.”
Perfume Genius — Slip Away
More accessible than his three previous releases, Mike Hadreas’ (AKA Perfume Genius) critically acclaimed No Shape is solid — and “Slip Away”, a wide-eyed love-inspired pop masterpiece.