New Music Tuesday: Come Ups and Live Albums

Banks - Goddess


Jillian Banks has survived a torrent of pre-debut album publicity with hardly a scratch. Since 2013, the 26-year-old self-taught musician and producer has riled the music community with her expressive confessional lyrics and emotionally electrifying production while keeping herself an arm’s length away from self-promotion. In that time, she’s paired with the beat-making community’s biggest rising names, releasing smoke-filled single after single and un-ostentatiously forging a reputation as the female version of The Weeknd. Her new album Goddess brims over with emotional urgency, dropping slicing truths about her relationships with irrefutable deftness and swagger. Make no mistake, this is an album that anyone needs to give a listen to

Karen O - Crush Songs


Earlier this year, Karen O announced she would be releasing a compilation of songs centered around the act of having a crush. The result is a dusky set of songs ruminating in the haze of pre-love, with sighing, mixed feelings of hope and self-checking weaving throughout the album’s central theme. Removed from the whirring energy of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, O’s solo debut emanates her classic spunk with a soft, wistful twist. You can stream it here and buy it here

Duologue - Never Get Lost


Ones To Watch act Duologue have released the followup to their 2013 debut album, Song & Dance. The band went straight back into the studio following the release its October release, quickly honing in on the concept for their sophomore album, Never Get Lost. The album is a verdant soundscape of otherworldly melodies and affecting lyrics, creating an effect that hearkens to Bon Iver’s debut in For Emma, Forever Ago. With each new work, Duologue invokes a different aspect of their musical agility, making us excited to see what’s next. Stream Never Get Lost below and buy it here

Simian Mobile Disco - Whorl 
Electronic dance duo Simian Mobile Disco have released a new live album recorded in Joshua Tree earlier this year. Whorl was conceptualized and recorded in quick succession in 2014, capturing the spirit of the desert and Simian Mobile Disco’s penchant for droney synthesizer-induced ambiance. Stream the album below and buy it here