by Dave Bertram
This week’s best new singles comprise a small but excellent clutch of tracks from WH Lung, Rozi Plain, Kate Teague, Glen Hansard, Marine Nadler, Steve Gunn and whimsical indie stalwarts, Local Natives.
First up and track of the week goes to Manchester’s WH Lung, who have shared easily their most anthemic and cathartic single to date with Second Death of My Face. Not that I’m trying to grandstand it, but it echoes all that’s to love about the space of James Murphy, the melodic rhythms of Public Service Broadcasting and the vocal delivery of Win Butler. You must listen to it.
Gearing up for her first SXSW, Mississippi’s Kate Teague is back with a another single from her upcoming record. In Our Element is a soft, twangy slow burner that’s actually about being out of your element.
Ahead of his fourth solo record, The Wild Willing, Glen Hansard has given us another glimpse of the album with new single, Fool’s Game. The six-minute epic is real journey that feels incredibly cinematic. The Wild Willing is out on 12th April on Anti- Records.
London-based, Rozi Plain, has just shared her new music video for BBC 6 Music playlisted single Conditions – ahead of debut LP What a Boost, which is out early next month. The video was shot in the wonderful Morecambe Bay and features super slow mo choreographed dancing from Rozi plus band members.
Marissa Nadler has announced a joint record with Stephen Brodsky (of Mutoid Man and Cave In) called Droneflower. It’s out April 26 via Sacred Bones. Listen to the duo’s excellent For the Sun above.
Steve Gunn has shared an acoustic video for his single, Vagabond, which was recorded while he was in London doing press for his upcoming UK tour in April. Steve will be playing in Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. New album, The Unseen In Between is out now on Matador.
And finally, LA’s Local Natives are back with new singleWhen Am I Gonna Lose You – a piece of whimsical pop with a catchy falsetto chorus that’s oddly reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac. The track accompanies an announcement for new album Violet Street, which is slated for release on 26th April.