Marina and the Diamonds – Starring Role
Two years after their debut album The Family Jewels, Marina and the Diamonds is finally back with Electra Heart. Their new single “Starring Role” has a different vibe than the upbeat tracks we’re used to. Lead singer Marina Diamandis’ powerful voice is easily comparable to Florence Welch’s and she gets to showcase her talent in this beautiful ballad, which features a haunting guitar. Electra Heart will be released on April 30.
Ingrid Michaelson – We Found Love
Let me start off by saying I was never a fan of Rihanna’s “We Found Love.” I’m a huge Calvin Harris fan and RiRi makes great music, but “We Found Love” sounded too contrived for my taste. Enter Ingrid Michaelson, who takes the generic club hit and creates a multi-tracked a capella version with just her voice. There are no backing instruments — just the beauty of one woman’s voice reconstructing a synth-pop hit into an indie-folk masterpiece. Finally, a version I can actually enjoy!
Little Boots — Every Night I Say A Prayer
Little Boots is moving to the
dark dance side with “Every Night I Say A Prayer.” Her new track is a throwback tune that reminds me of Kylie Minogue. The release tied-in with Record Store Day and it’s a six minute hook-driven, new school club banger.
Fiona Apple – Every Single Night
Sticking with the theme of a capella masterpieces, check out Fiona Apple’s Every Single Night. Backed by just delicate music box chimes, Apple’s first single in seven years is an intricate poem that spews all the thoughts in her head with no censorship. Its literary beauty combined with Apple’s chilling voice make this single worth the almost-decade long wait. The new album drops on June 19th, and its title takes almost as long to say as it did for Apple to release a new single: The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw, And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
Hot Chip – Night and Day
About a month after Hot Chip released their first single “Flutes,” comes the brand new single “Night and Day.” It’s quintessential Hot Chip as it features a funky bass line, a great beat, and weird vocals. Usually, this would end up sounding like the bad disco music that’s only available on cassette tapes, but Hot Chip somehow always manages to make their vintage disco sound appeal to the modern masses, and “Night and Day” is no different. For more disco fun, pick up Hot Chip’s new album In Our Heads, available June 12.
Deep Sea Arcade – Girls
I’m a sucker for nostalgic music, and Sydney indie rock band Deep Sea Arcade’s Girls is already a staple in my iTunes collection. The song’s fuzzy, psychedelic sound would have made the band right at home at Woodstock or even Coachella, and will make you want to jump into a vintage convertible and drive to California with a cute boy. If you’re into vintage Beatles and music that harkens back to the 60s, Deep Sea Arcade is the band for you.