Week in Pop
Said The Whale presented us with their bright & reflective new single “Step Into The Darkness” featured off their forthcoming album As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide available March 31 from Hidden Pony Records. Tyler Bancroft, Ben Worcester & Jaycelyn Brown together craft the feelings that contrast allusions to entering the darkened corners of life & the world with an earnest hope for beauty & happily afters. Ben described the inspirations behind the song with the following passage:
“Step Into The Darkness” was written after a devastating break-up with my girlfriend of six years. The song is me reaching out to comfort my love, reassuring her that she is safe and despite the immense sadness and feeling of loss, perhaps good things will come. We got back together shortly thereafter.
In case you missed it on the feeds, we bring you the remix from L’Orange that twists up Kool Keith’s “Super Hero” track with MF DOOM featured off the Ultramagnetic legend’s new album Feature Magnetic available now. The Nashville producer provides some extra-special shine on the real life of comic book protagonists before L’Orange’s tour with Wax Tailor fresh on the heels of releases with Mr. Lif via The Life & Death Of Scenery & the Koala EP.
Ringing in the new year, Dae Dae delivered the new jam “Dem Days” featuring production from Nitti Beatz & DJ Spinz that keeps the narrative pushing & stepping forward in full & proper form. The beat bounces like balling & stunting in slow-motion as Dae as points inspirations toward the future successes of tomorrow celebrated today.
Lowly dropped the Gertrude Stein inspired track “Prepare The Lake” featured off their album debut Heba available February 10 from Bella Union. The Danish group provides a listen to one of their wildest numbers that springs to life & realization according to a gravity that Lowly create & control.
Corner Suns, John Dufilho of The Apples In Stereo, The Deathray Davies & Brandon Carr of The Earlies prep their debut self-titled album available January 13 from Idol Records & share the instantly addictive single “The Rattle In The Room” featuring Sarah Jaffe. Catch their record release show at Good Records in Dallas January 29 and delight in their jubilant sound where whistles, organic percussion & upbeat energy permeates the entire track.
Behold the slow rippling liquid-like visuals for the collaborative single “The Edge Of Everything” from Perpacity & DVL available January 27, ahead of their upcoming album Convergence available February 17. Cold sentiments & sensations are resounded in synths that crystallize and encase the feeling in glaciers that sting slowly & slightly with the polar opposite & absence of heat.
Don’t miss M.O’s video for the single “Not In Love” ft. Kent Jones that updates the vintage 10cc insinuations & intentions with fresh energy that shuts down the party with the ultimate break up/break it off that tells the boys bye like a discarded phone directory contact.
Black Clouds brought some power pop storm clouds of delight with their new single “Self Control” featured off their record After All via Capacitor Records. Like the sounds of Sloan, Teenage Fanclub & the Seattle legions of early 90s flannel-shredders; “Self Control” emphasizes the harmonies that can happen between chords & vocal relationships in the mix.