Beach House unveil a dreamy new jam from their beautiful, long-awaited new album Depression Cherry: with its distorted, cascading washes of shoegaze guitar, “Sparks” isn’t necessarily the most indicative of the whole record and the band’s promised “return to simplicity” — a promise on which they deliver gloriously, by the way — but it feels like the perfect choice for the album’s lead single, and a triumphant, achingly gorgeous return from one of our favorite bands. Depression Cherry is out August 28 on Sub Pop (that red velvet sleeve is looking plush).
Here’s a moving new jam from Nicole Schneit, aka Air Waves, taken from her beautiful, long-awaited forthcoming full-length Parting Glances. In the past, we’ve used phrases like “casually poignant” and “world-weary” when describing Schneit’s lovely way with melody, her familiar, worn-in voice, and her often subtly heartbreaking turns of phrase, and that all certainly applies on the hopefully melancholy “Milky Way“, one of the album’s standout tracks. Parting Glances, which was recorded with Jarvis Taveniere of Woods and features vocals from Jana Hunter on two tracks, is out September 18 on Western Vinyl.
This one was a last-minute entry on our records of the year (SO FAR) list, from a mysterious artist named Domenique Dumont. Even Domenique’s own label, the Paris-based Antinote Recordings, claims to know nothing about the artist (please), but he/she has created a blissful, dreamily aquatic world via an elegant collision of dub, tropicalia, chillwave, ye-ye, bossa nova, techno, balearic, and every other genre/vibe you could possibly need for the beach. The poppier vocal tracks “Comme Ça” + “L’Esprit de l’Escalier” are the obvious standouts, but repeat listens of jams like “La Bataille de Neige” + “Le Château de Corail” reveal a deeper, insanely pleasant, spaced-out surf-dub trip. Comme Ça is out now; listen to the record in its entirety below:
The legend Pete Rock lends his golden touch on a nice and subtle hip-hop re-working of one of the best tracks of the year. This one will appear on the PBVSGR Remixes EP, along with the previously released Danny L Harle + Andy Stott remixes and more, out next week. In related news, check PB’s own new “remix”/beautifully warped version of Eric Copeland’s “Cheap Trick” here.