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Jack White has released Connected by Love, the first single from his eagerly anticipated third solo album, BOARDING HOUSE REACH (Third Man/Columbia/XL). White has not only revealed the new single, accompanying Connected by Love is a second track from the upcoming album, Respect Commander. Both tracks are available digitally worldwide now. The 7″ vinyl is also available today via Third Man Records; the single arrives later this week at independent record stores globally. In addition, a limited edition tri-color 7″ will be on sale for one day only, this Saturday, January 13th, exclusively at Third Man Records storefronts in Nashville and Detroit, available only for as long as the line for them lasts and never to be made accessible online. Additional information about how to purchase the tri-color can be found at thirdmanrecords.com.
A thought-provoking companion visual accompanies Connected by Love, filmed in Los Angeles and Nashville by director Pasqual Gutierrez
Global superstar Bruno Mars has teamed up with GRAMMY-nominated breakout hip-hop star Cardi B for a brand new remix of Finesse, from Mars’ GRAMMY-nominated blockbuster third album, 24K MAGIC. The remix is now available at all DSPs, with the high-energy companion video now streaming here.
Mars rounded out an all-star year with six total GRAMMY nominations, including recognition in the ‘Big Three’ with 24K MAGIC (Album of the Year), the album’s title track (Record of the Year), and That’s What I Like (Song of the Year). Mars also received three nominations in the R&B category, including Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for That’s What I Like, and Best R&B Album for 24K MAGIC. The 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards will air January 29th in Australia.
U.S. Girls presents a new song, Pearly Gates, from her forthcoming album, In a Poem Unlimited out Friday 16 February via 4AD / Remote Control
On Pearly Gates, protean pop revisionist Meg Remy describes a woman who wishes to seduce St. Peter to secure entry to the heavenly realm, with mixed results. Featuring vocalist James Baley and with music written by long-time U.S. Girls collaborator Louis Percival and performed by Toronto-based The Cosmic Range, Remy explains further, “Some years back a story was recounted to me about a man attempting to convince a woman to engage in unprotected sex by saying, “Don’t worry, I’m really good at pulling out”. I thought this was a hilariously stupid thing to say and knew that one day I would build a song around this line.”
UNFD are pleased to announce the signing of Edinburgh’s WOES. The band, who are about to kick off their tour with Seaway in the UK, today release new track REAL WORLD to celebrate. The real challenge is just beginning and we’re all excited to take Woes to the next level. There’s such a great team at UNFD, and it’s invaluable for us to have so many passionate and talented people around us who are as excited about the band as we are.
We’ve always been a band that wants to stand out and do things differently and from the first meeting with UNFD, we could tell they were on exactly the same page. We’ve never felt more excited about our future… and we can’t wait for the chance to go and do some yoga in the Australian sun! See you all for chapter 2.” – DJ, vocals
Ahead of their return to Australia to perform at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, POND today unveil a new single and video for Fire in the Water. Previously only available in Japan, the euphonic new single is featured on the deluxe digital edition of the five piece’s latest album The Weather, available now via Spinning Top / EMI Music Australia.
Directed by acclaimed visual artist Kristofski (Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Babe Rainbow, Alexandra Savior), the accompanying visuals feature POND as they explore the dramatic dichotomy of Tokyo, showcasing a sudden interjection of dance energy from enigmatic frontman Nick Allbrook. The track follows on from the synth pop first single Sweep Me Off My Feet, the despairing mediation on nuclear threat on 30000 Megatons and the gleamingly alluring Paint Me Silver.
Last week was a special one for Vance Joy fans. Gracing the cover of Rolling Stone’s first magazine for 2018, the Melbourne musician turned global star also revealed the cover artwork and track listing for his keenly awaited sophomore album, Nation of Two, and announced a release date of February 23. This week, the good news continues to roll in, as Vance Joy shares We’re Going Home, the new single from Nation of Two, complete with video.
Premiered globally on triple j Breakfast, We’re Going Home is the second single to be revealed from Nation of Two and the third song to be unveiled from the album so far. A classic Vance Joy anthem sure to delight fans, the track follows on from last year’s platinum-selling hit Lay It On Me, as well as fan favourite Like Gold. The cinematic video was directed by Mimi Cave – who was also at the helm for Lay It On Me – and brings the song’s poignant lyrics gracefully to life.
Camp Cope have today revealed their music video for “searing” single The Opener filmed at Sydney Opera House, and announced local supports for their upcoming March national tour with Chastity Belt (USA). In what will be some of their only headline shows for 2018, Camp Cope are touring in support of their forthcoming 2nd album How To Socialise & Make Friends, out Friday March 2 through Poison City Records.
Jade Bird, the fascinatingly exciting new British talent, has announced a brand new single Lottery, out now through Liberator Music/Glassnote Records. The new release comes in the wake of Jade’s confirmation for this year’s prestigious BBC Music Sound of 2018 poll.
New single Lottery is the first new music to come from Jade since the Something American EP, and it’s her boldest track to date. Picking up perfectly from Cathedral – the Radio 1 BBC Introducing track of the week – Jade once again showcases her ability to seemingly capture a whole life within a brief three minutes, this time telling the story of finding and losing love, but all through the fascinating prismic worldview of a 20 year old with the world very much at her feet.
On the new single, Jade says: “’Lottery’ is a look into a new, colourful, vibrant phase of my songwriting. It’s full of energy and happiness but actually quite the heartbreak song in the end. The verses are very personal to me, “number four Ferdinand Street” being my favourite blues bar me and said ex used to perform in. I guess it’s a case of “Do you still believe in me even though we’re apart?””
Tune-Yards has released a new song, Heart Attack, from forthcoming album I can feel you creep into my private life released Friday 19th January via 4AD / Remote Control Records. On the heart-rending bridge, bandleader Merrill Garbus pleads, “I’m only human,” as her voice dissolves into the digital, endlessly danceable abyss. The accompanying clip is directed by Mimi Cave who directed previous Tune-Yards videos Bizness and My Country. The video is choreographed by Megan Lawson (Madonna, Katy Perry) and features improvisation by the cast of dancers.
Canadian pop-rockers Story Untold have released a new song and music video All The Same (Once A Liar, Always A Liar). The new track is the third single from the band’s upcoming album Waves, to be released on February 2, through Hopeless Records.
Story Untold are based in Montreal, Canada, finding its humble beginnings in the bedroom of lead vocalist Janick Thibault, who laid the foundation for Story Untold through his creative renditions of popular alternative songs that he released through YouTube. After several years of releasing covers, Janick reached out to local friends Jessy Bergy, Max Cloutier, and Aiden Von Rose to form what fans have come to receive as Story Untold.
To coincide with the release of Walking In Your Sleep, the final single off their critically acclaimed third LP Punchbuzz, psychedelic-folk-dreamers Husky announce a string of intimate shows at iconic rock venues around the country.
In Gawenda’s own words, “’Walking in Your Sleep’ is a song I wrote during a period of intense dreaming brought on by the meticulous recording of my dreams. I became obsessed with the possibilities of the dream realm – lucid dreaming, self-exploration, unlocking the unconscious – and how that would affect my waking life and perhaps more so, my writing. The more I slipped in and out of this dream realm, the less I knew the difference between dream and reality and the more they mirrored each other. If I listen back to the song now, I hear an exploration of longing that in my waking life I was trying to escape, but was wrestling with every night in my sleep.”
“We shaped much of the sonic palette for the song and stumbled upon sounds and textures that were surprising to us,” explains Gideon Priess, Gawenda’s cousin and other half of the accomplished duo. “The result is a tip of the hat to some of our favourite recording artists from the 70’s like The Doors, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan and Pink Floyd.”
The fresh pop track Need Me is destined to be one of the early hits of 2018, which is not unfamiliar for the Brisbane grown classically trained pianist and drummer aka Mashd N Kutcher. While their live-shows keep the dance floors jam-packed, their two Gold Records: Do It Now and My Sunshine have achieved chart-topping radio activity and video streams. My Sunshine was a #1 Most Played track on Australian Radio and reached #5 on iTunes while Do It Now has now reached over 3 million streams to date and was added to every major commercial radio station across the country.
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