Mystère, the sophomore LP from French collective La Femme is just a few short days from release on September 2nd through Disque Pointu. Appropriately, before then, they have shared the song “Septembre” off the album along with a wistful, grainy video featuring the track’s vocalist Angela Hureau enjoying sunshine on the beach. It should bring out all sorts of nostalgia those of us in the States as we get ready to bid farewell to the summer of 2016 unofficially with Labor Day this upcoming weekend. The album is available for purchase here and be sure to grab a listen of the previously revealed “Où va le monde” and “Sphynx.”
Ultimate Painting are just one of the bands that always seems to hit the spot no matter what our mood is and their latest offering is no different. “Song for Brian Jones” latest single for the London band’s upcoming third album, Dusk, out on September 30th via Trouble In Mind Records. The song draws from elements of psychedelia, Britpop, and Velvet Underground-esque art rock coming together to form a malaise groove carried throughout. We can’t help but be reminded very subtly of the general mood conveyed in The Dandy Warhol’s “Sleep” as well. The song comes along with a beautiful video visualizing the earthy tones felt in the track. Find it below and the previously heard “Bills” here.
In what has been a monster year in releases, Devendra Banhart’s ninth studio album, Ape in Pink Marble, seems to be quietly floating under the radar a bit. We already have heard the low-key folk gem “Middle Names” from it and we now get the atmospheric “Saturday Night. Everything about the track is delicate and feathery as it tickles the ears. It can only be described as sublime. The album is out on September 23rd and available for pre-order via Nonesuch Records.
Blond Ambition is the new solo outlet of Ex Cops’ Brian Harding. After being bottled up in the woods of upstate New York for several years, he escaped to LA recording material with producer Andrew Miller on what will be the project’s debut full-length schedule for release early 2017. “Hurricanes” is the first reveal from those sessions being made available via Cascine’s singles label CSCN and bundled with B-side “Confused Forever.” While the surface of the song has a catchy, danceable rhythm permeating throughout, there are layers of emotion hidden underneath conveying feelings of loss, credence, and hope. You can find the tracks now both on Spotify and iTunes.
After months and months of endless waiting, it looks like we might be finally near to the release of Chromatics long-awaited Dear Tommy album. We now have a visual for the ominous and cinematic title track along with the tracklisting for the LP. We wouldn’t be surprised to see this album drop within the next week.
01. Fresh Blood
02. In Films
03. Time Rider
04. I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around
06. She Says
07. Just Like You
08. 4 A.M.
11. Dear Tommy
12. Touch Blue
13. After Hours
15. In Silence
17. Endless Sleep
“This one was written the summer I moved to New York City. I thought of it as a country ballad as I was writing it. It ended up having some interesting rhythms and flavors. My grandmother came downstairs to my parent’s basement as I was recording the guitar, and she was into it.”
You may not know Max Shrager by name, but there is a strong chance you have heard some of his work in collaborations with the likes of Sharon Jones and Lee Fields to Lana Del Rey. He most recently caught our eye with his new band The Shackswe highlighted just last week and have a debut EP and full-length on the way soon. Additionally, the 20-year-old also recently released a EP compilation, Thoughts of You, he calls “the best of everything I’ve done as a solo artist up to this point” featuring tracks spanning the past 5-6 years.
As you can imagine based the previously mentioned collaborations, he pulls from sounds rooted in yesteryear and recorded in analog to present the full rich, retro experience. Needless to say given his enviable experience at such an early age, there is something very special in his work and it might not be more evident than with the song and EP title track “Thoughts of You” spilling with sentimentality and warmth that is a rare commodity in modern music. The video, directed by Leon Michels, completes the aesthetic utilizing old footage of pin-ups blended with grainy footage of Max crooning the tune. The EP is available for purchase now via Big Crown Records.
Here’s the playlist from today’s My Old Kentucky Blog Radio on SIRIUS XMU, Channel 35! Also, available anytime via OnDemand online and via the app.
Jadu Heart – Late Night
Bon Iver – 22 (OVER SOON) [Bob Moose extended cab version]
The Shacks – No Surprise
Few Bits – Sweet Warrior
Marching Church – Heart Of Life
Natural Child – She Got A Mind
Hoops – Give It Time
Frank Ocean – Nights
Mallrat – Uninvited
ceo – Kill Count
Drug Train – Finies Les Trouble
Twist – Too Much Trouble
Surf Cassette – Summer’s End
Syd (of The Internet) – Amazing
S U R F I N G – Lifetime
Kadhja Bonet – Honeycomb
EZTV – Reason To Run
Nice As Fuck – Mall Music
Black Marble – Woods
Niki & The Dove – You Want The Sun
Ariel Pink + Dexy Valentine – Walkie Talkie
Sam Evian – I Need a Man
Anna of the North – Us
Lowly – Deer Eyes
Psychic Twin – Hopeless
Helena Deland – Baby
Cate Le Bon – Yellow Blinds, Cream Shadows
De La Soul ft. Little Dragon – Drawn