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New Music Friday Chapter 26

Aug 21, 2020

By ALICE

James Vincent McMorrow has dropped a brand new track “I Should Go,” co-produced with Kenny Beats (Vince Staples, Denzel Curry, Idles). A platinum-selling artist who has independently clocked up over 750 million streams and seen his music travel everywhere from Drake’s Views to Game Of Thrones, “I Should Go” acts as a further window into the world of McMorrow’s upcoming fifth studio album – which was introduced in bold fashion with recent single, “Headlights.”  Speaking on “I Should Go,” McMorrow says “The first lyric of this song is “I never thought I’d ever need you around / it’s hard enough to be me only. That pretty much sums up the energy. It’s not about what we want, it’s about what we need. A lot of time I don’t think there’s a difference between those 2 things. But there is, a big one. I do not need a lot of the things I think I do, and there are other things that feel unimportant but are in fact the foundations that I exist on top of. 

I’ll genuinely never figure out which is which, I still obsess over dumb shit and I still take so much for granted. To say I’m getting more comfortable with my chaos is probably untrue, doubt I’ll ever be comfortable. But I do understand it a little more, and I think I embrace it a little more; embrace the chaos of it all.  I fucking adore this song, the second I put the guitar parts together I knew it was going to be something I adored. I sat in a room with Kenny and played him what I had and I think he immediately got it; I had this feeling going into the studio that day that he was the person who could take the idea and elevate it into the space I wanted it to be. I was definitely correct.” 

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Today NYC-based dance/synth-pop trio Couch Prints – comprised of Jayanna RobertsBrandon Tong, and Jacob Truax – release the video for their track “Tell U” and announce their debut EP Tell Uout 10/30 on House Arrest
Shot and directed by Mayachka in the oldest home in NYC – the Lent-Riker-Smith homestead – the video for “Tell U” follows a Telenovela-esque love triangle of Couch Prints through a Betamax camcorder, and creates a world filled with love, jealousy, and heartbreak that pairs perfectly with the dreamlike soundscape of the song.

Tong says of the track/video, “I wrote the first iteration of this track while living in Denver – I was working this job I hated and had this feeling that life was speeding by. I ended up moving to New York a few months later, and shortly after Jake came out from Paris to record some of the music we’d been collaborating on the past year. While he was [In Paris] he had worked on music with Jayanna, so he called her to come sing on the tracks. We showed her the tracks and immediately she was humming along and had this incredible tone and way of singing, so we started recording for “Tell U” and finished it that night. With so many moving pieces coming together so serendipitously, the final song came to celebrate this feeling of transience and movement and leaving the past behind.
When we gave the song to Mayachka for the music video, she took that wistful feeling and our experiences, and created a story about a supposed three-way love triangle between us – with all the romance and nostalgia of a 2000’s soap opera. It perfectly captured the melancholy and strangeness of our first year coming together.”

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Vancouver’s Alex Little & The Suspicious Minds today share their new video and single “Broken Bones”

Speaking on the track front person Alex Little says, “Broken Bones is a dark yet poppy adventure into the psyche of a serial killer, and the strange obsession we as a culture have with their behaviour. The video by Mat Dunlap perfectly captured our love for new wave and punk while still making something quite uniquely ours.”

Broken Bones” follows the band’s debut EP No Control, produced by Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Destroyer). Alex Little & The Suspicious Minds comprises of Little, Andy Bishop (White Ash Falls, Twin River), Cody Hiles (The Zolas), and bassist Mike Rosen. Known for their garage-pop songs that unflinchingly tackle drug addiction, mental health and heartbreak and yet, despite the heavy subject matter, the group’s soaring choruses and loud guitars mean that the mood is cathartic rather than heavy.Little previously played in bands as a drummer, and when she picked up a guitar, she reached out to her friend Andy Bishop (White Ash Falls, Twin River) to teach her a few tricks.  Songs began pouring out of them, and drummer Cody Hiles (The Zolas) and bassist Mike Rosen got involved. Together, they honed a sound that blends searing distortion with aching pop hooks and a psychedelic wash of reverb.

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August 14, 2020 (Los Angeles, CA) – The Flaming Lips release another new song and video for “Will You Return / When You Come Down” from their highly anticipated new album AMERICAN HEAD set for release on September 11th via Warner Records. Once again, the video was filmed during quarantine in their home state of Oklahoma and directed by Wayne Coyne and George Salisbury for delo creative.

The Lips have created a series of mini documentaries highlighting songs from AMERICAN HEAD. Click here to view The Flaming Lips explain “My Religion Is You,” hereto view The Flaming Lips explain “You n Me Sellin’ Weed, ” andherefor “Dinosaurs On the Mountain.”
AMERICAN HEAD will be available on CD, digital platforms and a double black vinyl pressing on September 11th. Limited edition double color vinyl pressing (one LP blue, one LP pink) will be released on October 2nd. Additionally, there will be a limited edition, colored vinyl with an exclusive art print signed by Wayne Coyne in a printed plastic sleeve available exclusively on The Flaming Lips’ website.

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Younger Hunger, Los Angeles alt-pop trio, release their latest single, “PRAY 4 U.” “PRAY 4 U” finds singer Tony Davia grappling with the complexities of looking at the world and wondering where/how you fit in. “It’s about searching for something to hold onto in a confusing and turbulent time” says Davia on the meaning of the track. This search for self-realization is conveyed over a hypnotizing melody that mirrors the clash between feelings of defeat and the desire for something more. “The lyrics are basically just me working through some of my own personal frustrations with myself and with the world around me” says Davia. An honest snapshot of that universal feeling of being stuck, “PRAY 4 U” is guaranteed to stick with you beyond your first listen.

Younger Hunger are the LA-based indie pop trio of Tony Davia, Lucas Connor, and Becket Edwards, three friends and collaborators living together who not only have created a musical vocabulary all their own — one that equally valorizes Talking Heads and Playboi Carti, finding freedom in the genre agnosticism of the streaming era — but have built a band universe that is attracting a very online cult fanbase. Inspired by the multimedia world-building of Gorillaz and Odd Future, Younger Hunger have set themselves apart with a modern DIY approach. Aside from writing the music, the band create all their own artwork, design their own merch, direct their own music videos, and, of course, manage their own social media, crafting off-kilter performances and charmingly tossed-off skits that build windows into their restlessly creative home.

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