This New Music Tuesday brings in many a long-awaited record for Ones To Watch. As far as summer releases go, this week is golden.
Jungle - Jungle
For starters, there’s Ones To Watch band Jungle’s self-titled debut, out today via XL Recordings. The London seven-piece has garnered a massive underground following on the strength of their singles, “The Heat” and “Platoon,” and finally unveiled their mysterious selves to the American public on Jimmy Kimmel Live last month. If there ever was a time to bring back the term “groovy”, it would be to describe Jungle’s coolly-executed trip-hop hooks against a refreshing R&B backdrop of blended guitars and keys. Stream it on Spotify and get it here.
Bleachers - Strange Desire
fun.’s guitarist Jack Antonoff releases his solo debut as Bleachers today. Recorded in hotel rooms and makeshift studios while fun. toured the globe over the last several years, Antonoff’s static-y locker-room pop is filled with leftover angst and garage band instruments strewn across everyone’s teenaged basements. Stream it on Spotify and get it here.
Various Artists - Wish I Was Here Soundtrack
Of course, Zach Braff’s new, Kickstarter-funded indie film Wish I Was Here is accompanied by an equally indie soundtrack featuring a riveting guestlist. While it can’t be said for sure the new film can replace the immortal Garden State as it exists in many indie movie-lovers’ hearts, the new soundtrack posed a perfect excuse for multi-project artists such as Bon Iver and the Shins to hit the studio under their former monikers. The soundtrack also features a Cat Power and Coldplay duet and is available for streaming on EW.com
Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business
Ouch. That’s the sound many a Smiths and Morrissey fan have been internally intoning in recent years as the bands’ famously outspoken frontman has increasingly spoken out, often harshly, on various topics. The fact that Morrissey’s candor is both a selling point as well as a publicly all-too-familiar chip on his shoulder seems to explain why reviews have been mixed thus far. In any case, Moz’s humor and knack for satire is well intact - which is pretty much what it all boils down to for true fans. Stream it on Spotify and get it here.