Monday Music News

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  • Foals have accompanied their electronic crescendo-filled track “Bad Habit” off their most recent album Holy Fire with a video that’s fit for the big screen. Wandering through the desert after a siren like woman, singer Yannis Philippakis is desperate for something more than water. Slowly the illusions crumble and he is left with a million grains of sand and only himself for company. [Stereogum]

  • Two years after their debut LP, Black Up, Shabazz Palaces have a video out for their track “An Echo From the Hosts That Professes Infinitum”. Featuring glitching coastal waves and a mysterious ninja figure in a black mask, the track explains the title, reverberations of spectral raps waver in and out. Near the middle, the song goes eerily almost silent. While everyone is hoping Shabazz Palaces is almost done with an anticipated follow up album, at the very least they are giving us videos like this.  [Stereogum]

  • Okkervil River have a lyric video for their track “It Was My Season” from their upcoming album, Silver Gymnasium. Frontman Will Sheff explained that the album “takes place in 1986 in a small town in New Hampshire,” which is depicted in this video, shot in Plainfield, NH, near Sheff’s hometown of Meriden, NH. It features a stage set painted in 1916 for a local play.” [Pitchfork]

  • Today you can stream Smith Westerns‘s album Soft Will at NPR. The band’s rock pop sound is now a bit smoother, a bit more produced. From the first lyrics, “It’s easier to think you’re dumb”, to the very end, the album is gloriously slick and hits just in time for summer. Their album will be out June 25th on Mom+Pop.
  • Seizure inducing LA art-rap trio clipping. has officially been signed to Sub Pop. Care to see just how great Sub Pop is? Check out clipping.’s experience being signed by the Seattle independent titan at Impose, and listen to “midcity” below.

  • Summer also means it’s time for Adult Swim to start releasing singles as a part of their Singles Series. Last week we got “36” Chain” from Run the Jewels, and today we get “Barbie Jeep” about dancing when you aren’t sure if you should from Kitty (minus the Pryde these days) produced by Hot Sugar. Look out for more tracks from the likes of Metz, Mac Demarco, and Andy Stott.
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