Listen to our picks from the past weeks’ releases, from Frankie Rose, Ducktails, EMA and more
Ducktails – Map to the Stars
Ducktails, aka Matt Mondanile, has released ‘Map to the Stars’, leading single from Ducktails’ forthcoming sixth album Jersey Devil which is due out October 6th via Mondanile’s own label New Images. Last summer it was announced that Matt Mondanile would be departing his band Real estate in order to focus on his solo project as Ducktails. After working away on his solo project for two years, this is the outcome.
Much of Jersey Devils was written in LA but to finish the album and organise its release Mondanile returned to his hometown of Ridgewood, NJ. “Everything felt right: the mini mall across the street, the stock brokers walking their dogs, and the sweet summer smell in the air,” he said in a recent press release. John Anderson (Sky Ferreira, Girls), shared production and recording duties with Mondanile. We’re definitely looking forward to hearing the full album.
EMA – Blood and Chalk
EMA is due to release her third album Outer Ring on August 25th via City Slang. Latest single Blood and Chalk follows on from the three other song’s we’ve heard and is definitely one of the darker ones.
In a press release, EMA explained that “Blood and Chalk” originally was written as part of a soundtrack for 2015’s Horror. “I wrote the lyrics very quickly, with the idea that it was about the experience of being a 12 year-old girl, kind of right on the cusp between childhood and starting to grow up.. When I played it for Jake he said he thought it was about a police shooting. I was kind of shocked, but it also makes complete sense from that point of view. Makes me wonder if my subconscious mind was working on a different level, creating a double meaning.” Take a listen, above.
Frankie Rose – Dyson Sphere
We’ve been keeping up with Frankie Rose since she announced the release of her forthcoming album Cage Tropical via Slumberland on 11th August. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed her releases so far with “Trouble” and “Red Museum” along with the video’s which have been accompanying the music. Latest single ‘Dyson Sphere’ has been released alongside an enigmatic video directed by Daniel Patrick Carbone which see’s Frankie performing through a blue haze with her band. Watch and listen above.
Midnight Sister – Daddy Long Legs
New Los Angeles based duo, Midnight Sister are Juliana Giraffe and Ari Balouzian. They have previously shared videos for their first two singles ‘Leave You‘ and ‘Blue Cigar‘ and have now shared their third single ‘Daddy Long Legs’. Listen above. The duo shall be releasing their debut LP Saturn Over Sunset, on September 8 via Jagjaguwar.
Widowspeak – When I Tried
Widowspeak has released the second single from their forthcoming album Expect the Best due out 25th August Via Captured Tracks. They recently shared shoegazey lead single ‘Dog‘ in back June. With new single ‘When I Tried’ we are getting a further glimpse into the fuller sound at work with the band who have now added new members to their line up – going from a duo to a quartet.
Fur – Not Enough
Brighton newbies FUR who have been playing shows with The Magic Gang, The Orielles and Willie J Healey have released new single ‘Not Enough’. Although it is relatively early on for this band, so far, their releases have been promising. Watch this space and listen to woozy ‘Not Enough’ above.