Things we’re looking forward to this summer.
Sing Into My Mouth - Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell
For fans of: Talking Heads, Iron & Wine, Band of Horses
In a nutshell: As a general rule of thumb, when it comes to Talking Heads covers, you just shouldn’t mess. It’s a rare and special occasion when someone does an OG Talking Heads song justice (you see where this is going, yes?). Iron & Wine and Band Of Horses’ Ben Bridwell approached the subject and task seriously when they went ahead with their covers album, which includes covers of Spiritualized, John Cale, and of course, Talking Heads. The first ten seconds of their take on “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” is like peeling back the layers of a rich-hued, desert sunset. Suffice it to say, we’re ready to give the rest of the album a shot.
Boys Don’t Cry (tentative) - Frank Ocean, July
For fans of: Frank Ocean, sad yet uplifting innovative R&B, not Miguel
In a nutshell: In April, Frank Ocean caused a minor upset in the Tumblr-verse by hinting at a new album and publication seemingly titled Boys Don’t Cry. Thankfully, our friends at Billboard confirmed through Ocean’s rep that suspected album + literature were coming in July. And now we wait.
How Does It Feel - MS MR, July 17
For fans of: Florence + the Machine, Lykke Li, La Roux
In a nutshell: Brooklyn duo MS MR are set to release their sophomore album next week. This fall, they will be embarking on a tour, with Jack Garratt slated as a notable supporting act. Judging by their lead and title single, How Does It Feel is all about the same brooding, anthemic pop present in their breakout hit, “Hurricane.”
Magnifique - Ratatat, July 17
For fans of: Hot Chip, Caribou, Simian Mobile Disco
In a nutshell: The first time Ratatat revealed “Cream on Chrome,” the lead single off their upcoming album Magnifique, it was like a revelation: here was Ratatat in affogato form - tangy, icy, and so so smooth you just had to shiver and dance along. Here’s the thing, you can always count on Ratatat to be amazing - this time, they’re letting us inside an even more magnificent dimension of who they are. Stream the album in advance here.
Currents - Tame Impala, July 17
For fans of: Tame Impala, psychedelic head rushes
In a nutshell: Kevin Parker recently went on record saying some songs on Currents were inspired by the idea of watching and letting a friend slide into a bad or static place. Sounds about right. Luckily, the songs that have emerged so far have more than exceeded our expectations of what we were hoping the Tame to deliver; that is to say: really really really good.
YRN: Tha Album - Migos, July 31
For fans of: Rae Sremmurd, Future
In a nutshell: The arrest of one of their members notwithstanding, the men of Migos are moving forward with their slated album release on July 31. With guest spots by Meek Mill, Chris Brown, & DJ Mustard, is there any doubt this album will anything less than a p-a-r-t-y (celebrating wealth)? Nope.
E•MO•TION - Carly Rae Jepsen, August 21
For fans of: Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Haim
In a nutshell: We think Carly Rae Jepsen deserves more credit. The Canadian songstress may have come to our attention with the help of one Mr. Bieber, but she keeps popping out hit after unrecognized hit and we think its time she took Katy Perry off the radio. This time around, she’s got Tom Hanks and Devonte Hynes backing her in addition to Bieber, but who knows. WE do. She’s going to kill it.
Depression Cherry - Beach House, August 28
For fans of: Beach House, Wild Nothing, Grizzly Bear
In a nutshell: Oh, Beach House. You can do no wrong, but when you hint at “trying something new,” you make us nervous. In an interview with EW, Victoria Legrand mentioned “Sparks,” the first single off their new album Depression Cherry, would be a “gateway” bridging previous Beach House with their new album. Luckily, “Sparks” didn’t stray too far from the band we knew while wading its way into new territory.
Stuff Like That There - Yo La Tengo, August 28
For fans of: Washed Out, Spiritualized, Broken Social Scene
In a nutshell: “Rare is the band that can cover themselves,” said Kurt Wagner in reference to Yo La Tengo’s upcoming album covering their own songs as well as The Cure, Hank Williams, and others. That, along with the sentiment that “there’s always room for improvement,” make this seem like a great idea. The album is also a 25th anniversary sequel to their 1990 album Fakebook and a celebration of the band’s 30th year.