Toro y Moi releases a proper version of his stellar + very vibey January 2019 dropbox/instagram tape drop Soul Trash, featuring what Chaz says are "the same songs but presented in a more hi-fi setting". Listen to the whole tape + watch the Lanéya Billingsley-directed film below, and download the new version of Soul Trash on Chaz's bandcamp.
Oklou's debut EP The Rite of May was one of our favorite releases of 2018, and today the French singer and producer returns with her first single of 2019, and it's one of the most beautiful songs we've heard all year. Oklou says the tender, healing "Forever" is about "forgiveness and using mistakes as some sort of cement,” adding, "Something that is so powerful that you’ll remember it forever ∞.” Listen below via the gorgeous video, which was written + directed by Roxanne Gaucherand / KOKORO:
Ella Williams aka Squirrel Flower shares the glorious lead single from her beautiful debut LP I Was Born Swimming, coming in early 2020 on Polyvinyl. If you're into this one -- and just like being floored by vulnerable, relatable, and hauntingly visceral indie rock that is alternately soaring and devastating -- and would like to get a jump on the best albums of next year, you can pre-order here to get the record on limited clear teal / white smoke vinyl, with a bonus 7" flexidisc featuring a cover of a Springsteen classic. Video directed, shot, and edited by Laura-Lynn Petrick:
Brooklyn synth-pop trio Sandy are set to release their stellar new Traces EP tomorrow via Geographic North, and today the group shares a haunting, security footage-style live video for one of my favorite tracks of 2019, the record's melancholy but still balm-like lead single "Not There." Watch the video, directed and produced by Kevin Mahoney + Andy Egan, below, then stick around to stream the full EP a day in advance: