the dan bejar-led vancouver outfit destroyer will release their new album poison season, the follow-up to 2011’s kaputt, on august 28th via merge records. “dream lover,” the album’s raucous lead single, arrived today alongside the announcement and features frenetic, aqueous horn lines tangling over a particularly incessant drum beat. take a listen below.
mikal cronin’s bay area brand of diy ethos has yielded two appropriately sunny and surprisingly complex solo albums thus far: a self-titled in 2011 and 2013’s mcii. he’ll follow up with mciii on may 5th with the help of merge records, an album that’s slated to be particularly ambitious if its second single is any indication. “ii) gold” is reportedly the second part of a six-song cycle found in the back half of mciii, a bruising piece of power-pop that pounds away incessantly before shifting gears towards an unexpected acoustic breakdown. it’s the kind of nuanced songwriting that’s come to be expected of cronin, but it’s still a treat to witness it happen. spin “ii) gold” below.
katie crutchfield announced ivy tripp, her third full-length effort as waxahatchee, this morning. the album is due out april 7th via merge records and its announcement was paired with “air,” an authoritative lead single propelled by changing drum beats, a subtle bed of synthesizers, and crutchfield’s no-bullshit mixture of confessional and metaphor. take a listen below.
over the course of sxsw, i read a few tweets that raved about wye oak’s new synth-pop identity. the duo switched gears after the success of 2011’s civilian, trading guitars for bass guitars and increasing the danceability of their music. we’ve already heard “the tower,” the lead-off single from their upcoming album shriek, and today they’ve let go of another track, “glory,” which you can stream below. shriek is out in the u.s. april 29th via merge records.