Thursday Music News

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  • Tomorrow, reunited shoegaze legends Ride will release Weather Diaries, their first album in 21 years. And today, they’ve shared a new video for their single “All I Want.” Director Jade Mortimer relied on simplicity and detailed camera work for the video, which is mostly centered around a man slow-motion running cut between shots of the band playing. In a press release to coincide with the song’s release, the band said that Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to press companies into listing their foreign workers was the motivation behind the comparison. “As it turned out, that never happened because of the outcry about it, but that was the origin of the line comparing the U.K. to 1930’s Germany,” the band wrote. “It’s not like Ride are ‘going political,’ it’s more that the current state of the UK is so terrible that we could not avoid writing about it when we were writing lyrics for the album.” Ride will play the Neptune on Sunday, September 24th. [ Noisey ]


  • Queens of the Stone Age have released the first single from their upcoming seventh album, Villains. Superstar producer Mark Ronson worked with QOTSA on the new album and the new single “The Way You Used to Do” feels representative of his work. Ronson explained working with QOTSA as “a very heavy, dark, wonderful dream.” “Queens are and have always been my favourite rock n roll band ever since I walked into Tower on Sunset and bought Rated R in the summer of 2000, so it was incredibly surreal to be welcomed into their secret, pirate clan—or the ‘jacuzzi’ as Josh likes to call it,” Ronson explained. “I also knew that my super fandom alone would not keep me in the jacuzzi. There were moments during the making of the album in which i was aware i was watching my musical heroes craft something that was sure to become one of my favourite moments on any Queens album. And to have some part in that felt like being in a dream–a very heavy, dark, wonderful dream.” Villains will be out August 25 on Matador. [ Consequence of Sound ]

  • Washed Out has shared a second single from his upcoming visual album Mister Mellow. The song is called “Hard to Say Goodbye” and is a groovy, smooth jam perfect for your summer playlist. It follows the recently released track “Get Lost.” Mister Mellow arrives June 30 on Stones Throw Records and will be his first release since 2013’s Paracosm. The album will be accompanied by a full-length visual piece featuring every form of animation, including collage and claymation. [ Pitchfork ]

  • Legendary musician, composer, record producer, singer, writer, and visual artist Brian Eno is set to reissue four of his iconic 1970s LPs —Here Come the Warm Jets (1974), Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (1974), Another Green World (1975), and Before and After Science (1977)—this August 4. These four limited edition gatefold 2LP vinyl editions are presented over two 180GM discs which play at 45rpm for optimum sound quality. High resolution mastering from the best known sources and half-speed cutting were supervised by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios. Each album contains an Obi, Download Voucher and Abbey Road Half Speed Master certificate. [ Spin ]

  • London-based indie band The Clientele have announced their first new album in seven years, following 2010’s Minotaur. The album will be titled Music for the Age of Miracles and will be released September 22 via Merge. They also have shared its first single, “Lunar Days.” It’s a dreamy track that floats by in a haze while lyrics such as “This is the year that the monster will come” suggest something darker is lurking around the corner. They’ve also announced their tour schedule, with a date in Seattle at Neumos on November 9th. [ Under the Radar ]

  • Frankie Rose has announced Cage Tropical, her follow-up record to 2013’s Herein Wild. She’s also released a new song called “Trouble,” and a visualizer video featuring a flashing phone number which is apparently a hotline fans can call that’s based out of Roswell, New Mexico. According to a press release, “Callers are encouraged to leave their paranormal and extraterrestrial / UFO encounter stories on the hotline number. All messages will be screened for possible inclusion on the Weird Night with Juan & Frankie podcast, launching later this summer and focused on the connection between music and the paranormal.” Rose was very inspired by old horror and sci-fi movie soundtracks for Cage Tropical. “I love old sci-fi. They Live is one of my favorite movies ever, same with Suspiria,” she said in a press release. “80’s sci-fi movies with a John Carpenter soundtrack, with silly synths – that makes it into my file, to the point that I’ll write lyrics incorporating that kind of stuff. It’s in there.”  [ Stereogum ]

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