This week was all about the rush release of the Stranger Things soundtrack, which we are of course besotted with. Sadly it wasn’t about the Frank Ocean album however – still no word on that.
This week also witnessed the spectacular return of Bon Iver as well the most promising artist in Australia right now, Ms Noella Nix. Here’s our selection of this week’s best new songs you need to wrap your lugholes around this week.
Bon Iver – 22 (OVER S∞∞N)
Bon Iver are back. And boy in a big way. As well as having some rather interesting song titles, which are almost impossible to read, on this new track it’s clear that the experience of working with James Blake has had significant impact on Mr Vernon. Every bit as stunning as the first time you heard ‘Skinny Love’ all those years ago, ’22 (OVER S∞∞N)’ is a work of total beauty. The album 22, A Million arrives on 30 September.
Noella Nix – Bye Bye
Here’s a talented young Aussie who is just getting bigger and better with each new track she releases. Starting off with very low key bedroom laptop music Noella is starting to suggest she is capable of throwing out some chart bothering bangers. ‘Bye Bye’ has the DJ cool of countrywoman Alison Wonderland, the intensity of Banks and the RnB glitchyness of the late and great Aaliyah.
Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation – In Madrid/Rainbow Lollipop
Ambient psychedelic shoegaze anyone? This Swedish collective left me speechless last week when I heard the double header of ‘In Madrid/Rainbow Lollipop’ for the first time. Rocket Recordings will release the group’s new album Mirage in October.
Le Couleur – Starlite
And now for some French Canadian poolside disco. There’s more than a hint of Johnny Jewel’s Italians Do It Better vibe on the latest release from these sometime French Horn Rebellion (more from them in a moment) collaborators. ‘Starlite’ is the first spin of the luxurious yet also dirty-disco glitterball from Le Couleur’s new album P.O.P.
Megan Vice featuring The Golden Pony – Spread The News
French Horn Rebellion get a second mention this week due to having production duties on this groovy little bop. Megan just dropped a rather generous seven track EP and this tune is the absolute standout coming on like a 2016 take on Groove Armada’s ‘Song For Mutya’. This is Methods Unsound’s raise your arms to the roof moment for the week – we are even shoulder shuffling in our computer chair as we type the words while listening to this one.
For more brand new music check out this round-up featuring new songs from Petite Meller and Ruth Koleva.