Yeah Yeah Yeahs go gospel on wild new single “Sacrilege’

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Sacrilege 

With a soaring rock choir amid a mess of white guitar noise, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have roared back to life after several years underground.

Karen O’s vocoder vocals bounce again the sly bump and groove, before the gospel chorus rises behind and everything else is left eating dust.

Mosquito is released April 15

Seth Sentry covers Frenzal Rhomb for Like A Version

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Seth Sentry

Punch In The Face 

(Like a Version cover) 

 

Taking on an Australian punk classic by Frenzal Rhomb, Mebourne MC Seth Sentry strips away the thrash but adds some lax attitude when he appeared on Triple J’s Like A Version last Friday. 

Featuring some phenomenal scratch and spin on the decks, Sentry saunters his way through and manages to sound bitter and cynical without screaming a word. 

 

Fall Out Boy thrash it out on their first single since 2009

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Fall Out Boy

My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) 

 

The former poster boys of emo may have aged biologically in the years between singles (their last came way back in 2009), but the teenage angst is still front and centre in this scream of pop metal.

Offering lyrics straight from his high school diary, Patrick Stump goes for Kiss-esque howls over the tight, vanilla fuzz.

Save Rock & Roll is released April 15

The Strokes return to the fold with “All The Time”

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The Strokes

All The Time

The screaming synth curveball that was The Strokes first single “One Way Trigger” tested the mettle of not a few fans, but luckily for them “All The Time” is a cut straight from the back catalogue, circa 2001.

Julian Casablancas abandoes the falsetto this time around and leads a tight, fuzzed out rock track through its paces. There are no fancy hooks or tricks here, but it does the job just the same.

Comedown Machine is released 26 March

Abbe May leaves planet earth with T.R.O.U.B.L.E

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Abbe May

T.R.O.U.B.L.E. 

 

Australia’s reigning queen of weird indie pop has released another track off her upcoming record – a slow burn of vocal yelps and deadened beats.

Lacking in a killer hook but nonetheless arresting, “T.R.O.U.B.L.E” goes for high drama amidst floating vocal lines and doomsday synths.

 

Kiss My Apocalypse is due for release in May

Album Review: Atoms For Peace- AMOK

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Atoms For Peace

Amok

Thom Yorke has never gone for the emotional jugular. Ever since Radiohead launched into the stratosphere with Ok Computer in 1997, his aim was for the cerebral, not emotional.

The debut from Atoms For Peace is like James Joyce in a world of Stephanie Meyer. Lose attention for a moment and the skittered rhythms and swooping bass lines will dissolve and shift into something else. Thom Yorke’s laptop science is brought to life and given legs and arms to flail.

Far from being Yorke’s solo debut under a different name, Amok is clearly the creation of a band. Loose and spontaneous, the melodies cartwheel around Flea’s driving grooves and the percussive power of Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco. Chopped and flipped by keyboardist and producer Nigel Goodrich, the end result is a psychedelic mix of African rhythms and Blade Runner technology.

The ride isn’t always easy – the out of key spike notes in “Before Your Very Eyes” are fingers down a chalkboard and the intricate cross rhythms can be clawing instead of caressing your throat. Often it sounds as if everyone is on a separate tangent, like they recorded deaf and blind in different rooms. It’s not a ‘sum of its parts’ situation though: tracks such as “Judge, Jury and Executioner” flow around the central Flea bass line and “Reverse Running” has an unusual focus – on Yorke’s often hidden vocals.

Unlike Radiohead’s beat driven and coldly distant The King Of LimbsAmok is warm- the sound of Thom Yorke starting to finally ease into the sound and enjoy the rave.

Amok is released February 25

Phoenix go big on brand new single “Entertainment”

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Phoenix

Entertainment

 

French alt rockers Phoenix have unveiled the first cut from their upcoming record, Bankrupt. 

The radio friendly cut goes heavy on the synths, and the bruising chorus just gets bigger as it races towards the crashing end.

Bankrupt will be released in the week of April 22nd