Just a heads up that Constant Bop, the excellent new solo debut from White Denim frontman James Petralli — aka Bop English — is officially out today. It’s one of our favorite records of the year, and we can’t recommend enough that you listen to the whole thing here, and pick it up on vinyl here. Here are a couple tender slow jams to get you started:
San Francisco band the Sandwitches have been one of our favorite (and as far as I’m concerned, one of the most vastly underappreciated) bands of the last 5 years or so. So it’s with bittersweet sentiment that we share the news that the group will return this summer with their aptly-titled third and final album, Our Toast. It’s arguably their best work yet, full of the kind of palpable longing and heartbreak and regret that few bands express in such a devastating, visceral manner. We’re psyched to debut the haunting, almost ominous lead single/dirge “Play It Again Dick“; David Lynch, if you end up coming back to that Twin Peaks reboot, please ask the Sandwitches to be the house band:
Our Toast is out June 9 on Empty Cellar. It will be the Sandwitches’ last full-length recording.
In the new video for Lydia Ainsworth‘s “White Shadows“, director and animator Tara Dougans utilizes “a series of hand-painted motion sequences, animated frame by frame and stitched together digitally” to create a soothing, darkly whimsical visual that mirrors the track’s beautiful otherworldly vibe. Dougans says of the perfectly complementary vid:
“The video serves as a 4 minute visual response to Lydia’s composition. Rather than work with narrative, the focus was to create an interplay with the song – something akin to the invisible dance that takes place within the subconscious mind as an underlying energy takes shape and begins to grow. A dance because the evolution of an idea (a shadow) is often non-linear, traveling miles intuitively up from the depths in trust before suddenly arriving into light.”
Lydia Ainsworth’s Right From Real is out now on Arbutus.
Awesome new jam from Brooklyn’s Lorely Rodriguez, aka Empress Of, taken from her forthcoming debut LP, out late summer on Terrible / XL. Buy “Water Water” here, and go see Empress Of Thursday night in Joshua Tree with Jamie xx + Jon Hopkins, and at a 5-night residency April 28 through May 2, with special guests in NYC at Elvis Guesthouse.