Friday Music News

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  • Earlier this week New York duo Cults (Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion) teased a possible new album by sharing a 20-second clip of a song called “Gilded Lilly” on Instagram. Today they announced the new album, called Offering, and shared its title track, their first release in four years after 2013’s sophomore release Static. Cults consciously decided to take a break, as Oblivion explains: “I feel like we stepped into a tour van when we were 21, and basically didn’t get out of it for the next few years. We wanted to give ourselves some space to have normal lives, and wait until there was something new to say.” They’ve also announced a tour that includes a stop in Seattle on Tuesday, October 31 (aka Halloween, which is very appropriate) at Neumos. [ Under the Radar ]

  • Sultry indie-R&B act Rhye have returned with two new songs, “Please” and “Summer Days,” their first new music since 2013 debut Woman.  The duo of Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal also debuted a new music video for “Please” shortly after. The video is a very serious-looking black and white affair filled with modern dance and intense, intimate stares. Milosh described the new music as such:  “I really wanted to incorporate much more soulful and earthy colors. It had to be all live percussion and piano. The human intimacy had to come through the actual instrumentation on this record. ‘Please’ is the stepping stone to where we’re headed.” [ Pitchfork ]


  • London duo AlunaGeorge have released two new tracks, “Turn Up The Love” and “Last Kiss” that focus on the duality of love. “The creative concept is to release two tracks, one upbeat song and one ballad, to symbolize ‘light and shade’ and highlight the duality of both songs,” explained singer Aluna Francis. AlunaGeorge released their sophomore album I Remember last year. [ Stereogum ]

  • Prolific producer and famed record collector DJ Shadow has surprise-released a new EP called The Mountain Has Fallen. The four-song collection includes collaborations with Danny Brown, Nas, and Oscar-winning composer Steven Price and is intended as a companion record to last year’s LP The Mountain Will Fall. The Nas collaboration, “Systematic,” was originally featured on the season premiere of this season’s Silicon Valley, back in April. DJ Shadow will be in Seattle next week, Friday, July 14, at the Neptune Theatre. [ Consequence of Sound ]

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