Things We Love This Week: Wolf Parade, Beach Slang, Matt Berninger

Photo: Wolf Parade by Pamela Evelyn andJoseph Yarmush

It’s me again, your friendly neighbourhood indie kid, ready to put some great musical-based items straight into your brainbox. Are you ready? No? Well, it’s too late now, isn’t it.

Wolf Parade

I won’t lie to you: if the press shot (above) wasn’t amazing, this track might not have made the cut as a Thing We Loved This Week. As it stands, I can see three puppies. You do the math. Wolf Parade’s Against The Day is a catchy synth-pop number with an earworm of a main melody that it strangely reminiscent of something else, something poppy, big and bold… like if Future Islands made something a bit more stompy.

Wolf Parade are touring the UK in March 2020, and tickets are available now.

Beach Slang

Get out your gym shorts and weightlifting paraphernalia, because the new one from Beach Slang is HEAVY. Like that classic American heavy rock of the 1970s, we’ve got tightly wound distortion and simple rhythms for some storming  guitar riffage. Excuse me while I get my Harley Davidson from the garage.

Beach Slang will tour North America supporting the Goo Goo Dolls this fall.

Matt Berninger

Our dear friend Matthew Berninger has announced a solo album! Best known as the frontman of the National, he’s also worked on numerous projects over the years, like El Vy with Brent Knopf of Ramona Falls, and just yesterday put out a collab with Phoebe Bridgers. Although no date has been confirmed yet, we do know the LP will be called ‘Serpentine Prison’, and that production and arrangements come from Booker T Jones.

 

You don’t need me to tell you that the National are hitting the UK in December, because you’ve already got tickets for the Cardiff show, haven’t you!? SNAP.

Is it acceptable to be squealing with excitement? Yes.

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Things We Love This Week: Julien Baker & Matt Berninger, Phoebe Bridgers, Cass McCombs

Once again, Friday has rolled around in this endless cycle of weekly monotony. So close yet so far away, the pre-Christmas frenzy has turned your brain to mush in a haze of work deadlines and wrapping paper. Need a shake up? Here are some new tracks for you to chill out with on a handy, blog-shaped platter.

Julien Baker x Matt Berninger – All I Want

One third of Boygenius (and solo genius) Julien Baker and Matt Berninger, frontman of the National, have teamed up for a new single, the leading track for a series of 7″ releases benefiting Planned Parenthood.  Working too with Stephan Altman, All I Want is a sombre, piano-led track with interlacing melodies from the two indie-rock powerhouse vocalists.

Here’s a clip of them performing it live right here. **fangirls**

Phoebe Bridgers – Killer Video

Yaaaaaas. Phoebe Bridgers has gone and done yet another cool thing. On another branch of the Boygenius tree, she’s shared a new video. No new material as of yet, it’s for Killer from ‘Stranger In The Alps’. Bridgers wanders around an old abandoned tuberculosis asylum in Joshua Tree, California, in that classic monotone hue we’ve come to expect from her.

Cass McCombs – Estrella

Estrella is the second cut from the Americana singer songwriter’s upcoming album. Could be a tribute to the Mexican musical legend Juan Gabriel, or indeed that delicious beer. It’s a swirling, hypnotic track with intricate production reminiscent of the earliest synth-pop. Pop it on in the background while you curl up with a good book when it’s stupidly cold outside.

‘Tip Of The Sphere’ is out on February 8.

Spotify Wrapped

The annual event is upon us again–the streaming service’s cool feature for checking out your listening habits over the past year is back. Spotify Wrapped reveals the first song you listened to in 2018, the first new music discovery you made, how long you’ve spent with your favourite artist, and even puts your top 100 tracks into a handy little playlist for you. Fun right? Don’t forget to share your experiences on your social media channels. After all, if you didn’t post it to your Insta story, did it even happen?

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