Tuesday Music News

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  • This fall, Cults will release their first new record in four years, Offering. “I Took Your Picture” is the second single shared from the forthcoming LP, after the title track. The band says they were inspired by the Motels and the Cars for the track. “It’s a song about fleeting moments and how we let past feelings interrupt the possibility for good things to happen,” they write. “‘Tinge of blue, to the end, left our hearts, with regrets, I’m learning.’ It’s a daily struggle to try and stay open and available but it’s probs worth it. And you can dance to it!” Offering will be out October 6 via Sinderlyn. [ Stereogum ]
  • British shoegaze legends Ride reunited and released Weather Diaries earlier this year and they’ve now shared the official video for “Cali.” Directed by Niall Trask, the video is filled with the typical visuals associated with California: waves, surfboards, attractive blondes in love. Ride’s Andy Bell said this about the video: “What I love about the video is that it avoids some of the retro surf film clichés and stays with a contemporary kind of look. The psychedelic nature of the editing is more in line with the Vaporwave aesthetic than ’60s psychedelia. What Niall Trask has come up with got an immediate thumbs up from the entire band and is my favorite Ride video to date.” Ride will be performing at the Neptune on Sunday, September 24. [ Under the Radar ]
  • Denver indie-pop duo Tennis released Yours Conditionally back in March but they’re already putting out new music. Today they gave us “No Exit,” a song that takes its name from 1944 existentialist play by Jean-Paul Sartre. The band has described it as “a dance song for my inner nihilist” and explained the motivation behind the song: “I have never related to songs that invoke a carefree, forever young, dance until dawn state of mind. The young-beautiful-fun mantra mostly just reminds me of the opposite. Escapism is shot through with sadness, even on the dance floor. Patrick and I are devoutly mid-tempo songwriters, a fact I wanted to remedy by creating a dancey 120 bpm sort of thing that appeals to my persistent sense of malaise. No Exit is a song I hope you can enjoy regardless of your appetite for fun.” [ SPIN ]
  • Cleveland post-punk band Cloud Nothings released Life Without Sound at the beginning of the year. Today they’ve shared the official video for the brooding track “Up To The Surface.” Created by animation company AUJIK, the video takes place in a grey, bleak world where block figures live and roam. It’s a fitting setting for the moody song. They’re about to embark on a tour opening for Japandroids but, unfortunately, the closest they’re getting to Seattle is Houston (so, not close at all). [ Pitchfork ]
  • Canadian synth-pop duo Blue Hawaii (not to be confused with 1961 Elvis Presley film of the same name) announced last month that they would be returning with a new album called Tenderness. Today they’ve shared the self-directed visuals for lead single “No One Like You.” The video celebrates the love between singer Raphaelle ‘Ra’ Standell (of Braids) and her dog, who she attempts to replace with a robot dog. The duo describes the video as “a portrait into the ‘love of the real, love of the simple'” and “shows a day in the life of ‘the broken heart, the broken phone, the broken moment.” Tenderness will be out October 6 via Arbutus Records. [ Exclaim ]
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