This week in The Singles Bar #26, Hi Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles features:

Veteran rockers CHEAP TRICK have released a brand-new single called The Summer Looks Good On You via Big Machine Records. The band co-produced the song with longtime collaborator Julian Raymond, who also worked on CHEAP TRICK’s last three albums, 2016’s Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello and 2017’s We’re All Alright! and Christmas Christmas.

The Summer Looks Good On You is the first single off CHEAP TRICK’s forthcoming album, which is tentatively due before the end of the year.

Gorillaz have dropped Hollywood, the latest track from upcoming new studio album The Now Now – out 29th June.

Following the previous three weeks’ reveals of #1 Global Trending Video on YouTube Humility and tracks Lake Zurich, Sorcererz and Fire Flies, Gorillaz have hit up fans with another album highlight: Hollywood – the latest and last album cut to be made available prior to the release of The Now Now. Recorded as a demo in a West Hollywood hotel room whilst on tour last year, the track features special guest Jamie Principle – on tour with Gorillaz at the time – plus LA resident and longtime Gorillaz friend and collaborator, Snoop Dogg.

Australian singer, songwriter, guitarist and composer, Darren Middleton returns with his third solo album Tides, out 21st of September 2018 via Ditto.

Just Let Me Go is the first taste of what to expect from the forthcoming album, with the single being premiered on Double J and featured on The Music with an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ take from the making of the track. Rolling guitar riffs, the unmistakable vocals of Vika and Linda Bull swim with Darren’s distinct vocal as he sings a tale of loving those that will inevitably do you no good.

“I started writing ‘Just Let Me Go’ for a film but decided to hold onto it for myself. Basically, it’s a story of falling for someone when you know you shouldn’t. Deep down, you know they are going to hurt you but you can’t help yourself. I wanted to go for a dirty, old sound for this song, something that trudges along, both pushing a wheelbarrow of possibility but dragging a chain of history” said Darren.

Grammy Award winning UK recording artist, Jess Glynne, has landed the official #1 single on the UK charts with the hit I’ll Be There. Jess has just recently been announced as the special guest performer at the 60TH TV Week Logie Awards on Sunday July 1st on the Gold Coast.

Jess Glynne is the first ever British female to earn 7 number one UK singles. I’ll Be There has already amassed over 39 million global streams and is her first solo single since her last album in 2013. Jess recently featured on the ARIA double platinum selling Rudimental single These Days along with Macklemore and UK artist Dan Caplen. Both of these hit singles, I’ll Be There and These Days will be performed live as Jess takes the stage at the 60th TV Week Logie Awards in July.

The Kooks have revealed an empowering video for All The Time. Directed by James Slater (Blossoms, Jamie T, Major Lazer), this is the first video from their forthcoming fifth studio album Let’s Go Sunshine, which is due out on 31st August via Lonely Cat/AWAL Recordings.

Set in Canvey Island, the video follows a simple narrative about a girl who flees her troubled home and begins a journey of self-discovery. With a sense of nostalgic, sun-burnt Californian haze permeating throughout an otherwise drab provincial British town, we see a group of girls skating their way through various locations, including the amusement park, the high-street and the beach promenade. Effortlessly capturing candid, intimate moments between the gang, the visual highlights the power of solidarity and kinship.

Their adventure is accompanied with candid shots and a quintessentially British aesthetic, reinforcing the nostalgia of adolescence. As the skater-gang conclude their adventure, our female lead sits on the sea wall watching her new family ride off, whilst the troubled home she escaped at the beginning sits in front of her unchanged.

Singer songwriter ODETTE returns to the spotlight with new single Lotus Eaters following stunning performances for triple j’s Like A Verson this morning, where she delivered a cover of Gang of Youths’ Magnolia and her own recent single, Take It To The Heart.

Lotus Eaters is the latest instalment from this gifted young artist, following on from Watch Me Read You (#56 triple j’s 2017 Hottest 100), Collide and Take It The Heart, which have accumulated over 8.5 million streams globally. Lotus Eaters is a further taste of Odette’s syncopated, soulful delivery, a beautiful standout track which sets the tone for her debut album.

Odette explains, “I wrote ‘Lotus Eaters’ when I was around fifteen and it was my first ever spoken word. I listen back to this and I hear a very conflicted teenager. This song means a great deal to me so I’m very excited for people to hear it before the album comes out.”

Taking some much-needed downtime after two wild years on the road, The Gooch Palms spent the past summer relocating from Los Angeles, where they had been residing for the previous three years, back to their hometown of Newcastle to settle in for some songwriting and recording.

What a fruitful summer it turned out to be as the first tasty morsel from this creative session comes in the form of a two-minute-forty-second feminist punk anthem, Busy Bleeding. Busy Bleeding is poppy upbeat ode to “that time of the month” and does it’s bloody well best to help quash the old taboo around periods and shed some much needed light and a splatter of blood on the topic. With classic lines suck as “running red, dropping dead, I’m in pieces” and “second pair of underwear, what a burden” half the population can relate and after a few listens, the other half will at least get the picture of what we’re all dealing with here!

“For half our natural lives women are dealing with this and why it’s such a big taboo is beyond us. Let’s forget the polite secrecy and scream and shout about periods ya’ll!!! We’re all taught early on that periods are embarrassing and gross and boys are raised not knowing anything about it until they’re forced to go grab some tampons for their female companion or friend from the store and it’s like the whole world is ending. ‘I hope this guy at the checkout doesn’t think I’m buying these to stick up my butt!!!’ Classic! Let’s talk about it like it’s no big deal, then it won’t be!” explains Kat from The Gooch Palms.

Grammy Award®-nominated, multiplatinum, record-breaking superstar ARIANA GRANDE announces August 17 release date for upcoming highly anticipated fourth studio album Sweetener via Republic Records, unlocking the album’s pre-order and unveiling the official album artwork today. Alongside the announcement she delivers a new album track, produced by Pharrell, The Light Is Coming ft. Nicki Minaj out now. Pre-order Sweetener today and receive instant downloads of the album’s first single No Tears Left To Cry which remains in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, and The Light Is Coming.

As It Is have today released their brand new single, The Stigma (Boys Don’t Cry), with a powerful accompanying music video. The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming new album, The Great Depression, released on August 10th on Fearless Records / Caroline Australia.

Speaking of The Stigma, the band say, “This song and video tackle toxic masculinity, and the long overdue need to rebel and speak out against outdated ideals that to this day continue to threaten individuality. The eponymous ‘stigma’ is that sense of blemish and shame so often associated with showing and expressing emotion, that causes too many to hide who they are. It is totally acceptable to show feeling; it is real and human to do so, and not something that should be arbitrarily gendered and hidden from view. In these increasingly disconnected times, where empathy is seemingly on a decline at many levels of everyday modern life, it is vital to stand up against such outdated tropes.”

it is with the utmost pleasure that Soothsayer present Atmosphere, a slamming standalone track from the ingenious mind of the one and only Dro Carey.

Atmosphere had its birth into public awareness overnight via a world premiere with the good folks at triple j Good Nights. Atmosphere sees Dro Carey continue his stylistic journey with an abrupt shift from previous track Glow Now (feat. Taliwhoah & Genesis Owusu). The song presents Dro in a new light, where he switches gears from the warm dance pop of the previous record to revisit a far grimier mood. Paging a searing trio of rap talents from Australia, the US and the UK, Dro is joined by rising hip-hop star Kwame, London MC Renz (of Mob Set), and Boston via Sydney’s Raj Mahal.

Kwame, who dropped his debut EP earlier this year featuring the distinctive cut WOW, delivers the track’s hypnotic hook, an addictive chant that plays over monstrous brass lines and warped vocal samples. MC Renz journeys across frenetic instrumental switches, from chopped horn grime to anchored, quantized trap. Once the beat stabilizes into its main groove, a deft series of lines from Raj Mahal emerge.

Like Glow Now before it, Atmosphere sees unique international collaborations play out across a Dro Carey production. The track is a strikingly different offering genre-wise and one that indicates the foreboding, lo-fi beat-making roots of the project are alive and well.

Florence + the Machine unveil a new song, Big God, and video choreographed by Akram Khan and Florence and directed by Autumn de Wilde. Big God is the third track to be released from Florence + the Machine’s hugely anticipated fourth studio album High As Hope, out June 29 on Republic Records.

Says Florence:
‘Big God’ was written about that feeling when someone has not replied to your text, the modern phenomenon of ‘Ghosting’ which is one of my favourite words but not my favourite feeling. I was describing it to someone and they said to me ‘You need a big god’, as if the need in me were so cavernous, it would take something enormous to fill it. Probably something bigger than a text message.

It’s always been a very physical song. I saw a dance piece in my head as I was writing it, so to co choreograph something with Akram Khan was a huge honour. Autumn de Wilde fully understood what I was trying to do. The power of the desire within the void, left with yourself to rage and wonder and really it is yourself you are raging against. Not the ghost.

GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum alt-pop band, Plain White T’s, are excited to announce that they will be releasing their highly anticipated eighth studio album, Parallel Universe (produced by Matt Squire [Ariana Grande, Panic! At The Disco)] via Fearless Records / Caroline Australia on August 24th! The new album marks their return to Fearless after 13 years. The band’s endlessly hummable signature melodies still shine at the centre of this galaxy, but their Universe morphed into an otherworldly atmosphere of ethereal electronic pop strengthened by lush guitar tones and synth transmissions. We can’t wait for you to hear it.

In conjunction with today’s album announcement, Plain White T’s have released two new singles from the full-length offering, Your Body and Bonnie I Want You. Your Body fuses minimal glitch blips, lithe guitars, and an unshakeable hook. The video which was filmed at the Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles and exhibits a male Ex Machina who was put together piece by piece by the male’s female companion. The track premieredk via SiriusXM’s The Pulse. Second track Bonnie I Want You showcases the grittier side of Plain White T’s.

Melbourne’s Maribelle has released the official video for her latest single, I’m A Mess Without You. Directed by the team at John Fish (who’ve previously worked with Nai Palm, Kllo & Lucianblomkamp), the video depicts two friends (Briony Farrell and Tahlee Faraday) who find themselves exploring new territory within their relationship, which comes with its own share of internal conflict.

The video references the very autobiographical nature of the song, wherein Maribelle documents the start of a new relationship – her first with a woman – and coming to terms with her sexuality.

Maribelle says, “I had a very specific vision for this video because the emotions behind the song were very personal to me. I wanted to capture that terrifying feeling of falling in love for the first time. Everybody involved in the video really understood my vision and I’m so happy with how it turned out!”

Tasmania’s own Emma Anglesey is back with a typically striking new single Swells My Heart, a lush offering that puts a magnifying glass to uncontrollable passion and its repercussions, out now. This intriguing release is accompanied by a hypnotic clip that is steeped in historic influences, directed by Emma and filmed by Scott Atkins (Dark MOFO, Party In The Paddock). Swells My Heart is one of the first singles from Emma’s upcoming album, Some Things Can’t Be Undone – an intimate reflection on life changing moments that cannot be erased, out June 29.

Swells My Heart is meditative, in a way – the steady, assured vocals weave amongst balanced acoustic guitar while gentle percussion perculates underneath – but there is something ominous, intoxicating, about the song that is harder to pin on any one instrument. Is it the repeated glissandos in the strings, or the gradual thickening of the arrangement with subtle, grooving bass, or the bodiless choir that encourages this unease? If there is an answer repeated listens will be necessary in order to discover it. Voicing her own thoughts on the track, Emma reflects, “There are times in our lives when passion totally over takes us in spite of our reasonableness. It makes even the most normal person feel urges and provocations that are absolutely overpowering. We awake in a moment shocked at ourselves, full of crazy passion and power because of the biochemistry pumping through our veins is louder than reason. This song is about that feeling.”

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