Sometimes the world of rock can get noisy and chaotic as hundreds of hopeful up and coming acts, alongside music legends, release new material each month. Don’t fret about filtering through it all though. Here’s a list of five song releases in June that you should listen to before the month comes to a close.
1. Parquet Courts—Sunbathing Animal: “Instant Disassembly” Even heard through the inflated expectations and demands brought on by 2013’s indie-smash hit Light Up Gold, Parquet Court’s sophomore album is an undeniable success. While the group has never shied away from over-the-top guitar storms and experimentation, as evidenced in its bold, lead singles, “Bodies” and “Black and White,” the album’s true magic is tucked away in its final moments. With cathartic crescendos, bombastic rhythms and outlandish hooks, “Instant Disassembly” pushes the alternative rockers’ limit from rugged provocation to deep introspection—propelling Parquet Courts to its most ecstatic and grandiose height to date.
2. Spoon – The Rent I Pay A soulful, stompy little teaser from Spoon’s forthcoming album They Want My Soul, “The Rent I Pay” comes on like a honky-tonk revival of Iggy Pop’s “Some Weird Sin.” Blasting guitars meet hard-edged rhythms as Britt Daniels delivers a sensuous, grooving masterpiece, yelping out: “Everybody knows just where you been going/ Everybody knows the faces you been showing/ And if that’s your answer, no I ain’t your dancer.” Clear-cut and in-your-face loud, Austin’s favorite indie-rock crew are back dishing out a tasty slice of sour indie-rock for its opening course.
3. Circa Waves – Circa Waves EP: “Young Chasers” From jittery guitars to rousing choruses, these Liverpool natives never needed a hype machine to make their latest single worthy of repeat spins. A Strokes-worthy blast of upbeat indie-pop clatter, “Young Chasers” sees Circa Waves frontman Kieran Shuddall’s disembodied vocals build from a low rumble to a charging overhaul of yelping and sugar-rush hooks.
4. Foxing—The Albatross: “Rory” Foxing’s debut is long on ambition, with sweeping guitar ballads and unique piano crescendos that rival the grandeur of U2 and Coldplay. But what sets these Missouri post-punk princes apart from their influences and inspiration is the big-hearted warmth and sincerity of Conor Murphy, who maintains a heartbreaking sense of humility and vulnerability as he screeches out the track’s closing line: “Why don’t you love me back?”
5. Jack White—Lazaretto: “Just One Drink” More brilliance from the bottomless musical vaults of rock maestro, Jack White. “Just One Drink” is the centerpiece of White’s follow-up album Lazaretto—a beautiful, enduring and groundbreaking monument in the modern blues-revival. Constructed around super-charged riffs and skyscraper-sized guitar crescendos, White’s new and energized sound is louder than ever.
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