In this edition of our best new songs of the week round-up, we include a brand new single from Laura Marling, a new video from Health, some ambient pleasantness from Burial, plus excellent new tracks from a few artists who should definitely be on your radar – Ta’East, Fufanu, Actrese, Panda Cam and The Linedots.
And here’s a fun game. I made one of those names up. See if you can guess who.
No cheating by scrolling directly to the bottom of the round-up, or by being ‘good at knowing about new music’ – that’s my job.
The ‘being good at knowing about new music’ bit, not the ‘cheating’ bit, just so we’re clear. Scrolling through the news section of Pitchfork because I forgot to bookmark new music this week does not count as cheating. It’s research.
Laura Marling – Soothing
Marling’s sixth album Semper Femina is out next year on March 10th. In the meantime here’s Marling’s incredible self-directed video for ‘Soothing’, which explores sexuality, race, femininity and masculinity all at its own gorgeously drawn-out pace.
And by “self-directed” I mean Marling directed it, not that a sentient camera just started rolling on two latex-clad dancers all by itself. We probably do have the technology for that to happen, but the mise-en-scène would be shit.
Ta’East – N Word ft. Young Lyxx & Malik Yusef
San Diego rapper Ta’East’s debut EP ‘Okay, I’m Ready’ is due out December 2nd and ’N Word’ is its lead track. Complex Magazine has named Ta’East as the top rapper to watch in 2016, which is a heartbreaking way to find out that I didn’t make the cut. Would I have been in with a chance if I’d spent my time writing, recording and publicising my own rap songs, instead of just making stupid jokes about other people’s music? We’ll never know.
HEALTH – L.A. Looks
‘L.A. Looks’ is one of the highlights from last year’s Death Magic, and Health have finally gotten around to releasing a video for it.
This is everything you’ve come to expect from a Health video, but with substantially less gore and vomit. I guess the two women making out for the entire duration has a deeper subtextual point, but I’d already used up whatever tiny amount of critical analysis I have for the Marling video.
Although I fear it may just be because Health wanted to film two young women making out for four minutes.
Burial – Young Death
Moody, beautiful, contemplative, a bit rainy – it’s Burial giving you exactly what you want from a Burial track. Perfect for Thom Yorke to rip off in 2018.
Fufanu – Bad Rockets
Described as an “Icelandic dark-wave trio” and why should I question any of those facts, Fufanu’s new single is called ‘Bad Rockets’ and it’s produced by Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It’s a slice of grumpy Interpol-esque fun. Here’s another fun fact: Fufanu are named after a BMX trick, not a Doctor Strange baddie as I previously guessed.
I bet you thought this was the band I made up, right? Well I still might have done, but I doubt I’d have the commitment to film an entire music video and fake a Wikipedia page for the joke. OR DO I?
Actrese – Upper East Siders
Hangs out on the corner, looking straight through you as you walk past pretending to be cool. But then you stumble, and Actrese doesn’t even deign to crack a smirk in your direction. This shit is ’Ghost Town’ cool.
The Linedots – Indigo
‘Indigo’ is the new single from London duo The Linedots and it’s by far my favourite track this week. Its addictive melody and subtle euphoria betrays its world-weary heartache. Excellent stuff.
As for Panda Cam, well you’ll just have to come back next week and check whether I’ve finally got my all-kazoo Johnny Hates Jazz covers band off the ground yet.
For more brand new music check out our latest round-up featuring new songs by Missy Elliot and Arcade Fire.