Hi! Hello! Here we are with some bite sized goodies and a taste of a some new things that we dug that came out in the last week (ish), quick fire responses to some great new music we think you should check out. This week a whole bunch of the crew—Chantal, Kate, Megan, Mike and Ray— weighed in on some killer songs— give ’em a listen!
Acid King– Mind’s Eye. Seven minutes of slow burn acidic doom from the San Francisco crew, this is the latest from their upcoming album, Beyond Vision, due out on 3/24. Packed with gigantic riffs and hard hitting drums, this one makes me sad I have a crew cut because this is a hair in your eyes, vibing the fuck out stoner rock gem. [KH]
Angel Olsen– Nothing’s Free. Forever Means, the follow up EP to Angel Olsen’s fantastic 2022 album, Big Time, is on the way and the lead single “Nothing’s Free” was released this week. A subtle and soulful piano driven contemplation, complete with lush sax accents, the song sees Olsen exploring her identity and laying it all out for the first time. The songs on the EP were recorded during the Big Time sessions but not included on that record. They are collected here with a common theme of there being “no finish line.”
Olsen shares in a statement:
“Forever is to remain curious, never letting yourself think you’re finished learning or exploring, while trying also to be kind and honest.” She further elaborated about this song specifically, saying it’s “about that point when self-denial breaks, and you notice how long you’ve been restraining who you are. It felt really difficult to exclude it from Big Time,” she admits, “but it felt more soulful than the direction of that record, it was coming from a different place. For me, when I wrote it, I was coming to terms with my identity and sexuality. I was opening up in a new way.”
Forever Means will be release on 4/14 via Jagjaguwar. Check out our recent coverage of her show at Bearsville Theater. [KH]
Beach Fossils– Don’t Fade Away. The long running indie bedroom pop quartet have just announced their first album in six years, Bunny, and released the first single “Don’t Fade Away.” This song finds them in the rich dream pop territory that they are so deft at with band leader Dustin Payseur sharing that the song “is about missing old friends, being on tour, self-medicating, longing, anxiety, love, being an idiot, having fun, embracing your mistakes and keeping your spark.” Bunny will be released on 6/2. [KH]
Bodywash– No Repair. The second single from Montreal post punk duo’s forthcoming second album. It’s an airy and lush song with Rosie Long Decter on lead vocals this time who shares: