When it was first announced that Tool (Erin, you have two Tool mentions left for 2019—Ed) would be succumbing to the pressures of the modern world and uploading their entire discography to music streaming platforms, I was bummed.
I had long relished in the smug elitism that came with telling people that ‘Tool aren’t like other bands’ before hopping in my 2005 Ford Focus and inserting a Lateralus cd into the car stereo because I had no other way of listening to it. But now that all four albums and one EP are digitalised, I realise that not only is it much more convenient, it’s also time to sell my 2005 Ford Focus. Anyway, this morning was the first time I emerged from my Schism bubble to listen to new music. Here is the best of it.
HAIM – Summer Girl
How good is this song by California sisters Danielle, Alana, and Este Haim? Good enough to convince Paul Thomas Anderson to direct its music video, for one. ‘Summer Girl’ is the first new music from the band since 2017’s Something to Tell You, and was written after Danielle found out that her partner had cancer. ‘Whenever I would come home in between shows I wanted to be his sunshine – his summer when he was feeling dark. His hope when he was feeling hopeless,’ she says. Not only does the song deliver plenty of light, it’s also spawned a pretty great social media trend called the #summergirlchallenge with fans uploading their best layer strip teases à la this music video.
Angel Olsen – All Mirrors
Last week, North Carolina based singer-songwriter Angel Olsen dropped the title track from her upcoming new record, All Mirrors. Apparently, the album name and title track were chosen ‘because I liked the theme: the theme of how we are all mirrors to and for each other.’ Released on October 4, the record will be Olsen’s fourth full length, and if this song is any indicator, her most experiential to date.
IDLES – I Dream Guillotine
If 2018 belonged to anyone, it was UK punk rock band IDLES. Last year, the English five-piece put out their incredible second record, Joy as an Act of Resistance, and as a result, the whole world discovered their brilliance. ‘I Dream Guillotine’ was recorded at the same time as the rest of their 2018 album, but was only released as a B side this week. The band are currently on tour in the US, so if you live there and don’t want to die with any regrets, buy a ticket now.
Moon Duo – Lost Heads
Just this morning, psychedelic two-piece Moon Duo released the second single from their upcoming new record, Stars Are The Light, out September 27th on Sacred Bones. If you’re familiar with the band’s earlier sound, ‘Lost Heads’ might seem like a bit of a shift sonically—and it’s 100% intentional. ‘We have changed, the nature of our collaboration has changed, the world has changed, and we wanted the new music to reflect that,’ says the band’s Sanae Yamada.
Alice Boman – This Is Where It Ends
This is the first I’m hearing of Swedish songwriter Alice Boman, but a bit of digging tells me she released her first EP back in 2013. The story goes that she sent a bunch of demos she’d made in her bedroom to a label in hopes of getting to professionally record them, but the label wanted them as is. Those songs became Boman’s first EP, Skisser (which means stretches in Swedish), which she followed up with EP II in 2014. Hoping this isn’t actually where it ends, cause I’ve only just found her.
Channel Tres – Black Moses feat JPEGMAFIA
In a little over a week, Compton-born Channel Tres will drop his second EP, Black Moses. It’s a nod to American soul artist Isaac Hayes, who came to see his nickname as a symbol of black pride. Featuring Baltimore rapper and producer Barrington DeVaughn Hendricks (JPEGMAFIA), this single further confirms my suspicions that Channel is in fact made up of 90% vibes and 10% water.