This band has been beaten into my brain via Sirius XMU, and it’s a good thing I like it because I’d have been forced to find a new station by now. Despite the overexposure, this song is still catchy as hell. CHVRCHES debut LP The Bones of What You Believe will be out in September on Glassnote. Lauren Mayberry’s voice sounds just as adorably infectious live as it does on record.
And just like that a new single appears. Arctic Monkeys have thrown a brand new single up on iTunes today. It definitely stays true to Queens of the Stone Age influence that has coursed through the last few records. And it’s certainly an odd choice for a single, ignoring the upbeat aggression of its early sound in favor of a slow, psychedelic burn. Alex Turner sounds even more cocksure than usual over a sleazy, sexy riff.
This has been out a few weeks, but, if you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out. First of all, the new Queens of the Stone Age album is so, so good and on constant repeat on all my devices that play music. “I Sat by the Ocean” would be the song of the summer in a better world. It’s a hard slap to the face to hear a band unafraid to rock like this. Frontman Josh Homme goes heavy on the Bowie throughout the album, but it’s an overall blistering tour de force with Dave Grohl back on drums. This animated short-feature links several songs, including the entire video for the single, “My God Is the Sun,” and it’s a nightmarish interpretation of what Homme has described as a “manic year.” Visuals by Boneface and animator Liam Brazier.
In related news, the gatefold vinyl release is a thing of beauty, and there’s a special edition released only in local record stores, featuring blue artwork. It comes with a scratch off lottery ticket with a download code that I can’t bring myself to scratch to save my life.
Arctic Monkeys debuted some new music at the Northside Festival in Denmark a few days ago. It’s fan-footage, but the sound is remarkably clear. “Mad Sounds” is a slow-burner with a heavy Velvet Underground influence. Ever since the band discovered Josh Homme and the American desert it has seemed to lose momentum state-side for some reason. I’m still on board with the game-plan, though; Alex Turner can do no wrong in my world. [via The Awl]