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premiere: TOPS announce new album Sugar at the Gate, share lead single “Petals”

TOPS SUGAR AT THE GATE

We are beyond psyched to premiere the new single from one of our favorite bands of the last half-decade or so, Montreal's TOPS. "Petals" is a sinuous, timeless soft-funk-pop jam with some of the most bitingly relatable lyrics you'll hear in 2017 -- “got a phone full of numbers and a list full of names / no one to call / not much to say, anyway” -- taken from the group's stellar forthcoming album Sugar at the Gate, which was recorded in LA at a spot called "Glamdale," a mini-mansion and former brothel out in Glendale...

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premiere: Young Galaxy share dreamily defiant new single “Stay for Real”

YOUNG GALAXY

Montreal's Young Galaxy returns with a poignant call to arms for these uncertain times, reminding us to always stay real in the face of change, to be true to yourself, and to choose love over fear...

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video premiere: Julia Lucille – Darkening

JULIA LUCILLE

We were lucky enough to see Austin's Julia Lucille perform songs from her stunning new LP recently in her hometown, in an intimate, packed-out room inside at the Mohawk. Her powerfully understated and emotionally moving performance only reinforced for us that Chthonic, a collection of smoldering, vulnerable dream-folk reveries, is one of the most beautiful and haunting records you're going to hear all year...

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hear the stunning debut from Sweden’s Demen

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We're excited to introduce the newest addition to the esteemed Kranky roster (home to such luminaries as Grouper and Benoit Pioulard, among others), a reclusive and enigmatic new Swedish artist from Stockholm named Irma Orm, aka Demen...

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premiere: hear a bonus track from NV’s Binasu LP

DE1988

Russian experimental musician Kate Shilonosova aka NV released one of the most pleasant surprises (and one of our favorite records) of last year, in the gloriously playful and adventurous Binasu. Today, she shares the aptly titled "DE 1988", a previously unreleased bonus track that appears on the Japanese version of the record...

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video premiere: Halo Maud – Du Pouvoir

HALO MAUD

We're thrilled to premiere the charming new visuals for this beautiful and enchanting psych-pop gem about "aimless wandering", from French composer and multi-instrumentalist (and Melody's Echo Chamber’s guitarist) Halo Maud. Directed by Sébastien Dehesdin & Maud Nadal, and inspired by the work of Ukrainian director Maya Deren. "Du pouvoir" is the title track from Halo Maud's new three-song EP, due March 24 on Montreal's Michel Records.

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video premiere: Laure Briard – Les pins des Landes

Les pins des Landes

Toulouse, France artist Laure Briard shares the dreamy visuals for "Les pins des Landes", a modern yéyé dream-psych gem and one of the highlights from her beautiful new Sorcellerie EP, out now on Paris label Midnight Special. Directed by Aymeric Cattenoz. Watch below, and catch Laure Briard's magic live right here in Texas next month at SXSW.

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premiere: Hater – Cry Later

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Psyched to premiere another gut punch of a track from Malmö, Sweden’s Hater, taken from the group's wonderful forthcoming LP You Tried, out next month on Stockholm label PNKSLM. Like the previous singles from the new record -- "Mental Haven" + "Had It All" -- "Cry Later" is a very good lovelorn indie-pop song that's elevated to greatness by Caroline Landahl's gorgeous, pining vocals, which radiate with a warmth and fragile strength that destroys all of the feels every time...

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premiere: Julia Lucille – Eternally

CHTHONIC

We're psyched to debut the devastating opening track from Chthonic, the new full-length from Austin's Julia Lucille. Julia counts two of our favorites -- Alela Diane + Sibylle Baier -- among her biggest influences, and the stunning incantation "Eternally" is every bit as disarming and lovely as the most haunting gems in that ethereal dream-folk lineage...

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premiere: watch Hand Habits’ dream-like “Demand It” video

HAND HABITS DEMAND IT

Wildly Idle, the warmly enveloping new album from Meg Duffy, aka Hand Habits, is out tomorrow on Woodsist. Today, she shares the video for one of the record's prettiest, most achingly wistful tracks, starring Duffy herself in a house with mysterious figures with fabric-draped faces, framed by soft-focus shots that lend the vid a gauzy, dream-like quality that suits the song nicely...

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