Dan Bejar enters the another decade with what is probably his most remarkable piece of work since Kaputt. We’ve been featuring Destroyer’s new singles for a while now; this week, it’s time to celebrate “Have We Met”’s release. Plus, we have new tracks from Youbet, Diet Cig, Frances Quinlan, Torres, Lala Lala, JFDR, Lowland Hum, James Elkington, Sir Richard Bishop, Clem Snide, Sam Doores, Tre Burt, Alex Rex, Futurebirds, Pokey LaFarge, The Sadies, Bohren & der Club of Gore, Brooch, Dan Deacon, Shopping, The Men, Hailu Mergia, and Chuck Prophet.
Field Music’s new record is an odd but interesting one – a concept album about the after-effects of the First World War (and not about the war itself), worth reading about on the band’s Bandcamp page. It’s a slow first half of January when it comes to album releases, as always, but there are plenty of singles coming out every day. On our second playlist of the year, enjoy new tracks from the likes of The Men, MICH, Wolf Parade, Alan Power, Destroyer, Aoife Nessa Frances, The Shins, Califone , Nathaniel Rateliff, Christopher Paul Stelling, Andy Shauf, Grandaddy, Susanne Sundfør, Kyle McEvoy & Ed Askew, Moses Sumney, Bonny Light Horseman, Frazey Ford, Lilly Hiatt, Frances Quinlan, Anna Burch, Tennis, and The Black Lips.
Hailing from Viana do Castelo, Portugal, Francisco da Concertina – or Chico da Tina – is the only trap star we know that plays concertina, would rather have a 18th century neoclassical painting on his neck instead of golden chains, buys his wares from local markets instead of “flea markets” or vintage shops, and whose notion of a good time is more likely to be a small village romaria instead of a club in the city. You won’t get it if you don’t know the language, but it’s your fault anyway. Plus: new tracks by Destroyer, Girl Ray, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Lalalar, Health&Beauty, Black Bombaim & João Pais Filipe, Clark, Maria Reis, Josienne Clarke, Basia Bulat, Frances Quinlan, Hoops, Tōth, Califone, SUSS, Twain, Futurebirds, Tuomo & Markus, Drive-By Truckers, Honey Harper, and Leonard Cohen.
YĪN YĪN’s debut album is another gem coming from the same vibrant Dutch scene that brought us the great Altin Gün. But instead of looking at Turkish folk and psychedelia for influence, the lads from Maastricht infuse South East Asian textures in their Moroder-inspired disco – with a nod to the Ghanaian institution that is Kiki Gyan’s “24 Hours in a Disco” in their single “Dis kô dis kô”. Plus: new tracks by 10 000 Russos, Heavy Lungs, Ancient Shapes, Battles, PAUS, Maria Reis, Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek, Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan, Sarah Pagé, Destroyer, Mikal Cronin, Why?, Common Holly, Simone White, Andy Shauf, Frazey Ford, Courtney Barnett, Youbet, Lankum, Leonard Cohen, and Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster.