Single & Lovin' It Vol. 41
By Mixtape Mandi
MAC DEMARCO - "MY OLD MAN" & "THIS OLD DOG"
Mac DeMarco will release, This Old Dog, his third album and first full-length since 2014’s Salad Days, on May 5th via Captured Tracks. In conjunction with the album announcement, DeMarco is announcing a North American tour and sharing two lead singles: “My Old Man” and “This Old Dog.” They are the album’s openers and right off the bat they show a new sonic direction and a glimpse into the very personal nature of this record. It was a little space—in time, location (he moved from Queens to Los Angeles), and method—that inspired DeMarco while making This Old Dog. Arriving in California with a grip of demos he’d written in New York, he realized after a few months of setting up his new shop that the gap was giving him perspective. DeMarco wrote some demos for This Old Dog on an acoustic guitar, an eye-opening method for him. And from the outset, from the pops and clicks of the CR-78 and acoustic strums on the album-opening “My Old Man,” and the synth-drenched beauty of the second track, “This Old Dog,” it’s clear that DeMarco’s bag is filled with new tricks indeed. This Old Dog is rooted more in a synth-base than any of his previous releases, but he is careful not to let that tactic overshadow the other instruments and overall “unplugged” mood of the work.
FAST ROMANTICS - "WHY WE FIGHT"
"Why We Fight" is the new single from Toronto 6-piece Fast Romantics, taken from the band’s forthcoming album (set for release in spring 2017). Anthemic in the truest sense, "Why We Fight" rushes with an energy akin to early music from fellow Canadian indie-rockers Arcade Fire, but with lashings of raw Bruce Springsteen-esque fire. It's perhaps of no surprise that "Why We Fight" was born at a time of political turmoil, written as the US election campaign was underway. However, "Why We Fight" is not a protest song, in the traditional sense. It is perhaps best described as the reflections of a non-American songwriter living close to the border, hyper-aware of the US and its influence over Canada and the world. It's a song about being hungry for something, and fighting for it through chaos that can be beyond our control. “Why We Fight” is produced by the dynamic duo of Gus Van Go and Werner F (Arkells, Wintersleep, Whitehorse).
MOLLY BURCH - "WRONG FOR YOU"
In advance of the release of her debut album Please Be Mine, Molly Burch has shared a new single, "Wrong For You." Please Be Mine will be released on Captured Tracks on February 17th and Burch has already begun to amass critical praise for the album and the previously released single "Try". Growing up in Los Angeles with a writer-producer father and a casting director mother, Burch's childhood was filled with old Hollywood musicals and the sounds of Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. After finding her voice in adolescence, Burch packed up to study Jazz Vocal Performance in Asheville. Burch's timeless voice is the first thing you'll notice on Please Be Mine. It's smoky, with an incredible range, effortlessly evocative of her early influences. After relocating to Austin after college, Burch began to write her own music in earnest, with the lovelorn Everly Brothers and Sam Cooke as her songwriting guides. Burch and boyfriend Dailey Toliver connected with Dan Duszynski of Cross Record, and they recorded all the songs on Please Be Mine at his idyllic studio in Dripping Springs, TX.
DOC ROBINSON - "I'M NOT GONE"
Doc Robinson has premiered a new song, entitled "I'm Not Gone," and announced a forthcoming full-length album, scheduled for release in May 2017. The band celebrated with a sold-out show at A&R Bar in their hometown, Columbus. Longtime friends and fairly new collaborators, Jon Elliott of The Floorwalkers and Nick D'Andrea of Nick D' and The Believers strayed from their respective roots in funk pop and alternative to create the sprightly sound of Doc Robinson. The indie pop duo enjoyed a combustive beginning in 2016, collaborating with Mike Landolt (OAR, Maroon 5, Spin Doctors) to produce their debut EP, Golden Daze. The shimmering collection earned Doc Robinson early praise from music blogs and support slots for indie favorites, Rainbow Kitten Surprise and CAAMP.
JOHNNY FLYNN - "RAISING THE DEAD"
After announcing his long awaited fourth album Sillion is to be released March 24th on Transgressive Records, acclaimed English singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn now unveils the Simon Ryninks-directed video for first single “Raising The Dead,” the first in a series of videos which will accompany Flynn's new album. The videos for Sillion are part of a wider collaboration between Simon, Johnny and photographer Hanna-Katrina Jedrosz. Sillion has grown episodically between Flynn’s commitments to acting, composing, and his young family. It’s an album about the sacredness of man’s endeavor to connect with the earth, while separated from it. It’s the sound of Flynn breathing in and breathing out. There’s proving to be high demand for Johnny Flynn and The Sussex Wit’s recently unveiled March headline UK tour; the London show sold out in a few hours, the venue in Edinburgh has been upgraded, whilst all other dates are close to selling out. Johnny will also be performing solo shows at this year's SXSW Conference in Austin, Texas.
SKATERS - "IN YOUR HEAD"
Skaters debuted their new video for "In Your Head," the first single off of their upcoming album, Rock And Roll Bye Bye out March 24th on Yonks Records. After parting ways with Warner Brothers Records, Skaters has reclaimed its independent spirit and are back. Joining forces with independent digital distribution partner Believe Digital in London, Qrates for on-demand, direct-to-consumer vinyl, a devout team of indie publicists and promo, and a collection of music video directors and artists, the Rock and Roll Bye Bye LP is a free-spirited album that embraces the flexibility, inspiration, and motivation possible in today’s music industry. Co-producing the album with Albert DiFiore, the band’s sophomore album is an exciting progression in songwriting, performance, and lyrical statements.
ALEX LAHEY - "WES ANDERSON"
Relationship problems, post-graduation life choices, and the troubles of early-20s life are a millennial’s problems, but few people can detail these worries quite like Alex Lahey, a 24 year-old Melburnian whose EP B-Grade University is out now on Dead Oceans. Having already garnered a Best New Track from Pitchfork for her debut single, “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me,” Lahey’s fuzzed-out, catchy-as-hell indie rock is stacked with emotion, weighing the sound of youthful anxiety against cutting, sophisticated wordplay. Watch the EP’s first video for “Wes Anderson.” Even if your woes are not the same, Lahey's themes demand you to sing along, close your eyes and punch your fist in the air. Underneath the millennial angst, there’s an aura of positivity, universality, good times and looking towards the future that we all need right now.
THE LITTLE KICKS - "DON'T GET MAD GET EVEN"
The Little Kicks first emerged around five years ago as a young Aberdeen band with the wind in their sails. A crisp, upbeat debut album followed, laced with off-kilter indie pop worthy of comparison to early Franz Ferdinand, The Long Blondes, or even Sparks. Then, the band took some time off to reassess, re-jig their personnel, and are now ready to stake their return. With recent single “You & Someone Like Me” under their belts, The Little Kicks now officially announce that their long-awaited follow-up album Shake Off Your Troubles will be released on March 3rd through the band’s own Loosen Up Records. The third single to be taken from the album, “Don't Get Mad Get Even,” is out now.
THE OCTOPUS PROJECT - "WRONG GONG"
Austin, Texas' The Octopus Project - comprised of Toto Miranda, Yvonne Lambert, Josh Lambert, and Lauren Gurgiolo - will release their new album Memory Mirror on April 7th via Robot High School. Recorded at Filmon Baby, Good Danny's and Tarbox Road Studios, with mixing by Danny Reisch (Shearwater, White Denim) and Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, Flaming Lips), Memory Mirror was mastered by Greg Calbi (Talking Heads, David Bowie) at Sterling Sound. The band premiered the first single off the album, "Wrong Gong." The Octopus Project has been releasing joyous party music since 2002, following a musical path that veers through blown-out rock' n' roll, vibrant electronics, surreal pop, and expansive psychedelic landscapes. Touring clubs and festivals worldwide both on their own and as handpicked support for artists as diverse as DEVO and Aesop Rock, they've earned a reputation for explosive live shows and immersive audio-visual experiments. Recently serving as composers for video games and film, the band won the Special Jury Award for Musical Score at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival for their work on the film Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter. They are currently at work on a score for the new feature film Damsel, starring Robert Pattinson. All these complimentary and contrasting elements have been packed into their sixth album Memory Mirror, creating a sonic world that is at once more diverse and more focused than any of the band's work to date.
MATTHEW LOGAN VASQUEZ - "SAME"
Matthew Logan Vasquez has shared his new single "Same," which Vasquez has described as a song, "about all the financial difficulty I went through that caused my family and I to move in with my mom for most of 2016. This song is about confronting adversities in life and how we all go through it. Kam Franklin of The Suffers is also featured in the song." Each track on Vasquez’s next release - Does What He Wants, out April 21st on Dine Alone Records - feels urgent and intense. Impatient landlords, financial woes and other frustrations fan the agitation embedded in the opening track, “Same.” The music enhances this impression. As fans of his work with Delta Spirit and Middle Brother know well, Vasquez knows how to fuse passion and poetry in his writing and then ignite this volatile mix with extraordinarily expressive singing. In this sense he stands as a peer and a worthy successor to those who influenced him as an up-and-coming artist — Neil Young, Kurt Cobain, Pink Floyd, Lou Reed and others often mentioned, none of them known for their upbeat, sunny lyrics.