By JACK LEONARD.

 

Deerhunter drain the clutter from their distinctly dreamy sound

Deerhunter’s new album, Fading Frontier drops today and we are told to expect something ‘brighter.’ The band continue to share production with Ben H. Allen III, who they first collaborated with on their breakout album Halycon Digest. If lead single Breaker is anything to go by, clarity appears to have found its way into the mix.

 

Kacy Hill’s throwing some different sounding pop at us

Kacy Hill’s debut Bloo EP dropped yesterday. It seems that her rapid rise to fame and signing under Kanye’s label haven’t made her want to drop the minimalist production and beautiful falsetto that got her noticed. Opening track Foreign Fields is a standout, stuttering its way through some ear-grabbing noises on its way to a mellow, cathartic conclusion.

 

Rhythm & Alps is set to blow up deluxe

Veteran Kiwi rockers Shihad have been confirmed as co-headliners of Rhythm & Alps, alongside world-renowned DJ Carl Cox. Also making themselves known at the festival are artists Kamandi, Spycc, and Kakapo, among many others. What better way to bring in the New Year than in an idyllic location with some tunes roaring away on a hefty sound system? Get amongst it.

 

mewithoutYou get personal

Aaron Weiss has always been at the center of mewithoutYou’s sound as their vocalist. Details of his life (and foot hygiene) are rife on the internet as a result. The music video they dropped two days ago serves as a double, containing the songs Red Cow and Dorothy. Some of the most personal lyrics on their 2015 LP Pale Horses are on these tracks. The video, which depicts Weiss travelling with his wife, is rather touching.

 

New Gorillaz update!

Jamie Hewlett, also known as ‘the guy that helped create Gorillaz that isn’t Damon Albarn’ and ‘the one that draws,’ has posted some new Gorillaz artwork on his Instagram account. He also stated that he and Albarn are writing material for a new album, some of which may be released late this year. Let’s hope that it one-ups their last – aptly titled – release, The Fall.

 

Fat Freddy’s Drop set to throw a fresh release at us next Friday

Back to our own humble shores, Fat Freddy’s Drop continue to excel at being one of New Zealand’s classiest acts. Razor, the track streaming on their website hints at a very modern sound, and I can’t help but picture the album cover as I hear it. Their new album BAYS was “predominately written and recorded around beats, food, darts and a winter of content.” Sounds choice.

 

Keep an eye out for…

Finally, let me cast your eyes forward to the future. Baroness have been providing us with insights into their lives while creating their new album Purple, which is due out December 18th. This is Baroness’ first release since the band’s tour bus crashed, severely injuring most members of the band. The stories that John Baizley tells in these videos are inspiring, and the music is sounding good. Seems like there are more videos to come.

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