We’re not typically into the concept of the “song teaser” as a general rule, but the masterfully executed “xamples” that Toronto pop star/enigma Allie X has been rollingout as a preview of her forthcoming debut record CollXtion are a decided, unequivocal exception. Allie X’s unstoppable previous singles “Catch“, “Bitch“, and “Prime” emerged from seemingly out of nowhere, fully formed; pristine, highly emotional pop with an unsettling edge and soaring, enduring hooks that we still can’t shake after countless plays over the past year. And the new material — particularly that anthemic and kind of devastating chorus on future hit “GOOD” — sounds every bit as massive and affecting. Photography by Yoshino. CollXtion is out April 7.
Fresh off of killing SXSW (byallaccounts) and making a fan out of Bill Murray in the process, our favorite secret mermaid Tei Shi drops a slinky new jam from her stellar, forthcoming Verde EP, out April 14.
California “kaleidoscopic pop” duo Bouquet follow up one of the most dreamily beautiful tracks of the year with their haunting debut EP, In A Dream. From the warm and gently woozy opening track, to the jaunty/slightly creepy longing of “Come To Your House“, the gorgeous, bittersweet melancholy of “Over the Mountains“, and the lilting, romantic dream pop perfection of “Falling“, it’s a lean and lovely record that lulls, soothes, and renews in just under 20 minutes. In A Dream is out next week on limited 10″ via Ulrike/Folktale Records. Listen: