Featuring Eyedress, Mac DeMarco, Kojaque, Young Marco, Haley Blais, Sufjan Stevens, Poser, Rory Reid, Wild Nothing, Hatchie, Jean-Michel Jarre, Nina Kraviz, Actress, Luthorist, Jehnova, Zimback, Sivv.
Today is New Music Friday, which means there’s loads of new songs in the world.
Here are 10 songs released this week I loved from my listening this week, along with fresh ones in the New Music section.
See the end of the post for the Spotify playlist featuring much more than 10 tracks released this week, updated weekly.
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Eyedress, Mac DeMarco
The Dark Prince
Perfect alt-weirdo synergy here singer-songwriter / producer Eydress teames up with Mac DeMarco on a vibey little indie-pop ditty.
It’s the first of two Eyedress singles featuring DeMarco to be released before year’s end. It’s got ’70s psych-rock and breezy bedroom pop in its DNA, with a silly video to accompany it.
Eyedress signed to RCA Records this year, and has released a number of once-off singles including a Kevin Shields remix.
Mac DeMarco’s latest releases include the instrumental album Five Easy Hot Dogs and One Wayne G, a collection of 199 pieces of music that clocked a run time of close to nine hours.
After the recent new song ‘Bambi’ featuring Gotts Street Park, Kojaque has released another new song called ‘Cabra Drive’, with a video that celebrates the area in Dublin where he grew up.
The video was shot by Conor Bradley on Meath Street, Dalymount Park, Phibsborough and Cabra and features Kevin Smith in prosthetic makeup as the character Jackie Dandelion.
The Kendrick-esque beat switch gives this one extra juice.
Saltwater (Young Marco Remix)
After his Imogen Heap remix blew up last year, Young Marco is hovering around similar territory, this time with 1999 Eurodance hit ‘Saltwater’ from Chicane, which featured Clannad’s Moya Brennan. That track uses parts of Clannad’s 1982 hit ‘Theme from Harry’s Game’ with new lyrics by Brennan at the time.
It’s no surprise that Young Marco’s version keeps the ambient Eurodance euphoria intact, and if you think this or the original sounds like Enya, well of course, Moya is Enya’s sister.
Vancouver based singer-songwriter and musician Haley Blais does wonderful things with the loud / quiet dynamic on ‘The Cabin’, a song from Haley’s forthcoming second album Wisecraft (September 15th via Arts & Crafts).
The song’s Zia Kalyan-video plays with that contrast too with Blais doing her best Lydia Tar impression conduction a Jekyll and Hyde orchestra.
The song is inspired by the memory of staying in a real cabin – “a sweaty, dehydrated memory of my summers spent in the cabin on the lake. It wasn’t our cabin — my dad’s brother’s wife’s cousin’s friends owned it or something — but it was ours. I had my first sips of beer, first almost kisses. It’s a fluffy recollection until the guitars break through with their overbearing distortion like a roaring tidal wave and I’m thrown back into the discomfort of real time.”
I don’t wanna be the smoke inside the living room / Can you open up the patio door? / I don’t wanna be wet inside your swimming shoes / Can you take me out and shake me on shore?”
Luthorist, Jehnova, Zimback, Sivv
From the brand new mixtape from three Irish-based rappers(Nuxsense’s luthorist from Brazil, Nuxsense’s Jehnova from South Africa, and Zimback, a Japanese native residing in Ireland) with converge under the skilled production of Nuxsense’s Sivv.
‘Seethru’ is my favourite track on the six-track collection, which twists a soul and strings sample as a bed for the rhymes in evocative fashion.
Push Power (a 1)
Darren Cunningham aka Actress’ has released a new song’ new song is called ‘Push Power ( a 1 )’, a discombobulating and edifying track built from minimal bass, beats, interweaving vocal samples and piano lines.
Jean-Michel Jarre, Nina Kraviz
Sex In The Machine Take 2
A seemingly unlikely pairing here, as the French electronic artist Jean-Michel Jarre’s ‘Sex in the Machine’ gets a rework by Nina Kravi.
The original of which featured on Jarre’s 2022’s album Oxymore, but Kraviz brings it on a cerebral atmospheric path, not too dissimilar to the work of Actress above in its off-kilter construction.
Wild Nothing, Hatchie
‘Headlights On’ features backing vocals from Hatchie and will feature on the record due out October 27th on Captured Tracks.
“This track was incredibly cathartic for me. It’s a song about your relationship reaching its most brittle moment and still trying to find even the smallest open window that can lead you back to that person. Musically I was drawn towards something that felt very body centric and could help get me out of my own repetitive thought patterns. It’s a propulsive and hopeful track that’s meant to act as a release valve, but the somberness that inspired the song remains intact.”
So You Are Tired
A new song ‘So You Are Tired’ proceeds the album, which will be Stevens’ first solo album of songs since 2020’s The Ascension, and his first in full singer-songwriter mode since 2015’s Carrie & Lowell.
Javelin features 10 songs promising “four-minute bursts of choral, orchestral, and electric wonder,” and features – adrienne maree brown, Hannah Cohen, Pauline Delassus, Megan Lui, Nedelle Torrisi, who sing harmonies, and Bryce Dessner, who plays guitars on Shit Talk’.
Poser, Rory Reid
I Choose You
A collaborative single between Poser and Rory Reid that flips UGK and Outkast’s ‘Int’l Players Anthem’ and takes it into a house vibe.’
The original samples Willie Hutch’s ‘I Choose You’.
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