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No Rome, “Rimbaud, Come Sit for a While”

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No Rome“Rimbaud, Come Sit for a While”Crying in the Prettiest Places (out now on Dirty Hit)I’m not sure this tears of a fuckboi ballad is quite as good as that album title, but that is a pretty damn high bar. The Filipino artist’s second EP is a solid step forward from 2018’s RIP INDO HISASHI. Though things still feel quite low-stakes, Rome really knows his way around an ear-worm and has a knack for making subtly sweet sad songs like …

Bruce Springsteen, “Hello Sunshine”

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Bruce Springsteen“Hello Sunshine”Western Stars (out 06/14 on Columbia)The Boss rolls back the years and delivers a vintage performance in the shape of this haunting road song. The first single from his first studio LP since 2014, “Hello Sunshine” unpacks Springsteen’s long, now public battle with depression. Backed by gorgeous keyboard and slide guitar filigree and a rolling bass-line, Springsteen basks in the open road’s healing properties, hoping to hold on the freedom and relief it delivers long after his journey …

Images & Words: Bedouine, “Echo Park”

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Bedouine“Echo Park”Bird Songs of a Killjoy (out 05.31 on Spacebomb)Fuuuuck. Azniv “Bedouine” Korkejian’s beautiful, windswept picker is really making me miss LA. Languid and subtly majestic, “Echo Park” is a plainspoken love letter to the bustling community and all its perfect imperfections. She rolls her eyes at rising rents and lame scenesters, but can’t help be swept away by the gentle breeze and that beautiful view. Which, unlike just about everything else, arer still free.

Images & Words: Sevdaliza, “Martyr”

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Sevdaliza“Martyr”Digital SingleThe Tehran native continues to pump out brilliant, fascinating tracks that defy categorization and always have something to say. Taut and quivering with tension, her newest single, “Martyr,” has touches of peak Portishead with its pulsing baseline and pounding drums, and is injected with clever Middle Eastern-tinged, stringed counter melodies. Vocally, she’s so expressive, slithering through the beat dramatically and pulling so much emotion out of every word. Truly one of the best making music today.

Images & Words: Hayden Thorpe, “Love Crimes”

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Hayden Thorpe“Love Crimes”Diviner (out 05.24 on Domino)The second taste of the former Wild Beasts front-person’s debut solo LP is even better than the first. Backed by driving pianos and rising strings, the Lake District native pushes his unique falsetto hard and digs into why we often do such shitty things to the people we love the most. It’s not terribly novel subject material, but the delivery is sublime and singular, which is what separated Wild Beasts from the rest of …

The Round-Up: The Best Songs of 2019 (1st Quarter)

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Even though we’re a solid week into the second quarter, better late than never right? Here’s a quick round-up of some of my favorite songs of the last three months. To keep numbers manageable, I didn’t include anything from any of my favorite albums list and prioritized songs I haven’t yet written about. For all of our sakes, I tried (and mostly failed) to keep write-ups Tweet length. Songs are in no particular order. Duggie x Odunsi (The Engine)“Nightshift” (f/ …

Holy Ghost!: “Escape from Los Angeles”

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Holy Ghost! “Escape from Los Angeles” Work (out 6.21 on West End) After six years away, the former DFA disco dudes of yester-decade are returning with another collection peak-era Williamsburg analog vibes. “Escape from Los Angeles” is the third (and tastiest) new single from their forthcoming third LP, featuring lush beds of synth pads, tasteful percussion, and nostalgic, faraway vocals. 

The Round-Up: The Best Albums of 2019 (First Quarter)

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Gah, I can’t believe we’re already 25% through 2019. That said, Spring is in the air, and we’ve enjoyed an excellent, diverse crop of music during these first three months. Have a look at some of my favorite LPs of the year so far in no particular order. Dawn Richard
 “New Breed”
 Our Dawn Probably my favorite project from my favorite R&B artist of the last ten years, “New Breed” is the New Orleans native’s most personal statement to date. …

Images & Words: Bedouine, “Bird”

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Bedouine “Bird” Bird Songs Of A Killjoy (out 5.31 on Spacebomb) The LA-based folk singer (né Azniv Korkejian) is prepping the follow-up to her excellent 2017, self-titled debut, and this swooning stunner is our second taste of it. “Bird” adds the light touch of strings to her normally stark, acoustic guitar-driven arrangements. The fuller sound adds an extra helping of drama to the song, matching her heartsick lyrics that beautifully deal with the struggle to move on from somebody you love(d).

Sky Ferreira, “Downhill Lullaby”

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Sky Ferreira “Downhill Lullaby” Masochism (out soon? on Capitol) It’s been almost six years since we’ve heard from Sky Ferreira — the person behind one of my favorite songs of the last 10 years — but the talented 26 year-old has kept busy, appearing in a ton of movies, modeling, and, of course, tinkering with her oft-delayed second LP. Its first single is a gothic, foreboding funeral jam that pairs her doleful voice alongside a creeping Type O Negative baseline and …