Slowdive – Star Roving

Slowdive is back! The band from Reading, England, have just unleashed their first new song in the 22 years, “Star Roving”. And a new album is on the way later this year through Dead Oceans. On their Facebook page, Slowdive wrote:

When the band decided to get back together in 2014 we really wanted to make new music. It’s taken us a whole load of shows and a few false starts to get to that point, but it’s with pride and a certain trepidation we unleash “Star Roving”. We really hope folks enjoy it, it’s part of a bunch of new tracks we’ve been working on and it feels as fun, and as relevant playing together now as it did when we first started. 

Slowdive split in 1995, shortly after releasing their last album, Pygmalion. They came back together in 2014 for a summer world tour, and in 2016 they announced they were working on a new album.

 

The xx – On Hold (Official Audio)

 

The xx have confirmed their new album is on its way and will be released January 13,2017 via Young Turks. It is titled I See You, and it has 10 songs on it. To make the news even more exciting, the duo dropped a new track, “On Hold”, which you can listen to above. The song features a sample from “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”, the 80s classic single by Hall and Oates.

“On hold” might be a bit of a surprise for The xx fans, as it sounds quite different to what the guys got us used to. It still floats between atmospheric electronica, dream pop and delicate indie rock though, so all seems to be in the right place.

 

Bonobo – Kerala [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

 

Simon Green, much better known as Bonobo, has just announced a new album, Migration, and shared the first single off it , titled “Kerala”. The LP (out January 13) is a follow-up to 2013’s The Norths Borders. It features some fine guests on it, including Rhye or Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker). So here’s something to look forward to in the new year!

The “Kerala” video was directed by Bison and it stars Gemma Arterton.

Migration tracklist:

01 Migration
02 Break Apart [ft. Rhye]
03 Outlier
04 Grains
05 Second Sun
06 Surface [ft. Nicole Miglis]
07 Bambro Koyo Ganda [ft. Innov Gnawa]
08 Kerala
09 Ontario
10 No Reason [ft. Nick Murphy]
11 7th Sevens
12 Figures

 

Okkervil River – Okkervil River R.I.P. (Official Video)

 

Okkervil River, Texas rock band led by Will Sheff, have just released a brand new video for “Okkervil River R.I.P.” from their forthcoming album, Away. The idea for the clip is quite unusual: Sheff buries himself to visualise the lyrics of the song – an elegy to the band’s past years. In the statement about the new album the singer reflected on the difficult time the band has been through:

2013-2015 had been a strange time for me. I lost some connections in a music industry that was visibly falling apart. Some members of the Okkervil River backing band left, moving on to family life or to their own projects. I spent a good deal of time sitting in hospice with my grandfather, who was my idol, while he died. I felt like I didn’t know where I belonged. When there was trouble at home, a friend offered me her empty house in the Catskills where I could go and clear my head. New songs were coming fast up there, so I set myself the challenge of trying to write as many as possible as quickly as possible. I wasn’t thinking about any kind of end product; the idea was just to write through what I was feeling, quickly and directly. Eventually, I realized I was writing a death story for a part of my life that had, buried inside of it, a path I could follow that might let me go somewhere new.

The beautiful clip perfectly illustrates the emotional, contemplative mellow ballad. The video was written and directed by Sheff and beside himself, it also features actor Tim Blake Nelson as a priest.

Away will be released 9th September via ATO Records. 

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M.I.A. – Matangi [Full Album]

M.I.A.’s new album “Matangi” is out tomorrow (November 5th), but you can already pre-listen the full LP on YouTube where she made it available for streaming. Worth giving it a try.