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New Music Friday Chapter 24

Aug 7, 2020


Today, Thunder Jackson has dropped a double single featuring his new song“Institution”and its companion music video. The self-directed music video features Thunder Jackson in a motion stop, collage fever dream.The track follows the singles, “Find Yourself and “Led Astray.” Today, the artist has also released the album track, “Guilty Party.” All songs will appear on Thunder Jackson’s self-titled debut album out on October 1st. 

Institution is one of the most personal songs on the record. It’s about my adolescence, specifically the period during which I was misprescribed medication. The negative effects of the pills left me questioning my reality. My brain felt like it was entirely mechanical and my everyday life felt incredibly systematic in a way I felt no control over – I was trapped in a mode of what I can best describe as “synthetic thinking”, as opposed to healthy, “organic thinking”. My mental health was deteriorating and I felt like I had nowhere to turn and no one to help. Through a great deal of trial and error, I eventually found the end of the tunnel but it took until I did to fully understand where I had been. This song is a reminder to myself, and to anyone who battles mental illness of any kind, that we are not alone in our struggle to find health, happiness, and self-love. And a further reminder that the struggle may be lifelong, but worth the fight. – Thunder Jackson


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Mike Skinner as The Streets has shared the official video for his mixtape title track None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life AliveThe track features Idles and the video was directed by Rollo Jackson.  It features both Mike and Idles frontman Joe Talbot – watch it in full here:

The critically acclaimed mixtape, out now on Island Records, charted at Number 2 in the UK Official Album Charts and features the singles “Call My Phone Thinking I’m Doing Nothing Better (ft. Tame Impala)”, “I Wish You Loved You As Much As You Love Him (ft. Donae’O & Greentea Peng)” and “Falling Down (ft. Hak Baker).” 

Taking in UK Funky and twilight zone UK rap, and with guest spots ranging from Grammy nominated psychedelia sovereign Tame Impala to cult south London rapper Jesse James Solomon, as well as 2019’s key-fiend-friendly drum’n’bass collab with Chris LorenzoNone Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive is the most eclectic and highly collaborative collection of songs from The Streets yet. Or as Mike puts it with characteristic distinction: “it’s really just a rap duets album.” 



T Truman announces the release of his debut EP ‘Born To Be Right’ out September 25th. Along with the EP announcement, today he releases his second single “Rock ’n’ Roll” – a timeless spiraling ode to a bygone era. 

The solo project and alter ego of the Vaccines’ keyboardist Timothy Lanham, he describes T Truman as his very own writing scapegoat. Channeling piano-pop heroes such as Todd Rundgren and Elton John, T Truman neatly bridges the gap between 70’s pop rock and modern indie, uniting irresistible pop songwriting with playfully ostentatious orchestration.

The New single “Rock ’n’ Roll” finds T Truman in a wistful mood. “Rock and roll is six feet under,” he hurriedly proclaims before adding that he’s out “stealing its thunder”. This is T Truman’s love letter to the genre he feels is dying. 

Speaking on the new single release, T Truman commented: “This song is a tear I’m shedding for the genre of music I’m in the business of making. If I was around in ’73, I’d be a raging success.” Take that as you will, but here we are in 2020 and Mr T Truman is doing everything to cement his status in the here and now.

Led by stirring piano chords and ushered forward by a chugging percussion section, “Rock ’n’ Roll” opens up in its chorus into a swirling, synth-laden, stadium-sized indie-rock gem. Complemented nicely by its Timothy Heinrich-directed accompanying video; T Truman isn’t one to shy away from subtlety, and that’s all part of his charm.



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