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Sleater-Kinney shares snippets of two new songs

Back in October, Sleater-Kinney surprised fans with the big reveal that the career-spanning box set they’re about to release isn’t just a look back at their incredibly influential career but the first chapter in a new phase of their collaboration.

They broke the news with a new song, “Bury Our Friends,” and during an interview on NPR’s All Songs Considered yesterday they played snippets of two more recent recordings.

You can hear the interview here, and if you’re in a rush you can skip ahead to 19:19 to hear “Surface Envy” and to 32:39 for a bit of “No Cities to Love.”

Sunmonks take a desert trip in their new video

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Sunmonks’ Geoffrey CK and Alexandra Steele reside in Auburn, California, a small town better known for its role in the Gold Rush than for producing eccentric pop groups. Starting out out with an interest in art-bent rock bands and a loop pedal, the pair has developed a sound that combines lilting melodies, hypnotic rhythms, and bits of musical styles from all over the globe, and their recent In the Desert of Plenty is a worthy successor to similarly inclined groups like Talking Heads and Vampire Weekend.

For the title track’s video, Geoffrey CK writes in an email, “We had a lot of different plans, but at risk of being overly heavy-handed, we ended up deciding to film in a literal desert.” The visual that resulted finds the band striking poses and generating mystical vibes. “Any excuse to drive out to the middle of nowhere to perform rituals and ceremonies, play with fire, and watch the sunrise is a good one,” he notes.

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Terrace premieres 'Cote d'Azur' video

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Vancouver trio Terrace grew up in the heyday of dance music and synth disco—an era they revisit in their dreamy, danceable sound while somehow retaining a quality of timelessness. Terrace’s brand-new video for their August single, the characteristically infectious “Côte D’Azur,” embodies the band’s je ne sais quoi: It’s a sun-washed vision of the French Riviera circa the ’80s.

“As a child of the 80s, ‘Côte D’Azur’ is a tale of summer love and longing for the ultimate fantasy of life in the French Riviera,” explains frontman Simon Lock. (Fun fact: his other job is as a commercial airline pilot.) “A time and place where the sounds of Chic, Roxy Music, and Giorgio Moroder provided the soundtrack of carefree decadence,” he adds.

Especially present is the influence of Italian producer Giorgio Moroder, an early pioneer of synth disco and EDM, and Nile Rodgers, who has produced albums for David Bowie, Madonna, and Duran Duran. The imagery in the video, directed by Barcelona-based Marc Alcover, is sublime; the footage of crashing waves complements the song’s hypnotic hook, while the handheld shots of the young woman the video follows enhance the allure.

Below, watch the exclusive premiere of the video—and delight in the fact that”Côte D’Azur” is only the first in a planned trilogy of music videos from Terrace’s sophomore album, We Fall Together, dropping early next year.

Anthropomorphism runs wild in Ha the Unclear's 'Secret Lives of Furniture' video

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Everyone’s imagined at some point or another that the inanimate objects around them have some sort of sentience, an interior life and emotional landscape like people do, but that people are unable to connect with. Few, though, have followed that idea through to as bizarre a conclusion as Ha the Unclear frontman Michael Cathro has. In the latest single from the fascinatingly odd New Zealand indie pop band, he sings from the perspective of a coffee table with a perhaps-not-entirely-healthy fixation on the person whose living room it occupies. For the video the band came up with an ingenious low-budget conceit that examines the relationship between people and the furniture they own in an interesting way, as well as putting Cathro’s clever and creepy lyrics up front.

“‘Secret Lives of Furniture’ is about a coffee table who becomes infatuated with its owner and is left broken at the landfill after the owner passes away,” Cathro writes in an email. “We wanted to incorporate that anthropomorphism in the video. We spent a day walking around Mt. Eden putting up posters of missing furniture imagining that everyone’s furniture was running away because we hadn’t been treating them well enough. Maybe they had all gone underground to form a secret society and plan some kind of furniture revolt.”

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Black English taps Flaming Lips collaborator for 'Hold On' video

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L.A.’s Black English used to go by the name NO, which they changed due to it being massively confusing and un-Googleable (not to mention the fact that there’s another band called that) but gave it to their latest album, which was released at the beginning of the year. The latest single from NO is “Hold On,” and they’ve filmed a video for it with Natalie Wertzel and a gang of collaborators including Oliver Hibert, the psychedelic painter and sculptor who’s largely taken over visual identity duties for the Flaming Lips, including the cover art of their recent Sgt. Pepper’s tribute.

“The ‘Hold On’ video came about when I ran into a young lady, Natalie Wetzel, at an Echo Park cafe down my street,” writes Black English’s Bradley Carter in an email. “She was new to town and we started talking about how relationships can be so interesting in this time. You can be thousands of miles away from each other but still feel so connected, almost too much to a point that it can affect or intrude on everyone else around you if you aren’t careful.”

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The Paperhead shares what they've been listening to in the van

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The Paperhead is frequently grouped in with Nashville’s vigorous garage rock scene, but the band actually draws less from The Stones and The Seeds than it does from a period of the late ’60s and early ’70s where whimsical psychedelia and pastoral folk met up with rock’s push toward more sophisticated songwriting.

Their new Africa Avenue LP (out now on the buzzy Chicago label Trouble in Mind) is full of giddily tripped-out pop hooks and unexpected sharp turns that have made them one of the most talked-about rock bands of the moment. They just wrapped up their latest tour, and they’ve shared with EW a playlist of what they’ve been listening to in the van.

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Dirt Dress's 'Revelations' video is an ode to portable electronics and feral cats

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Unless you’re a potamologist, when you hear the words “Los Angeles” you probably think about hellish traffic and fantastic taco stands before you think of bodies of water. But the Los Angeles River flows right through the middle of town and provides some of the many surreal juxtapositions of car-centric urbanization and raw nature that L.A. has to offer.

In the video for Dirt Dress‘s “Revelations,” directed by artist Ben Jeans Houghton, local scenester Diva Dompe explores the river and the wildlife living around it (including a colony of feral cats) with a shimmering postpunk soundtrack on her Walkman.

Dirt Dress’s Revelations EP is out now on Future Gods.

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Wild Smiles' 'Another Year Older' is a slice of grunge-pop heaven

There are a lot of bands trying to do the ’90s thing right now, but few do it as effectively or efficiently as Winchester, England’s Wild Smiles.

Their new single “Another Year Older” skillfully jams together a handful of distinct alt-rock styles from the time, from grunge to Britpop to shoegaze, into one four-minute mass of post-adolescent angst and heroically distorted guitars.

If EW‘s endorsement’s not enough for you, consider the fact that Portishead’s Geoff Barrow is not only a fan of the band but even released their first EP on his own label. And that guy’s a certified genius.

Their new album Always Tomorrow is out today.

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TWICEYOUNG gives off dreamy electro vibes on 'Stay the Same'

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Nashville trio TWICEYOUNG has the chiming guitars and sweet hooks of an indie rock band, the synthesized sounds of an electronic project, and a sweeping cinematic sensibility that’s probably making film and TV music supervisors exceptionally happy.

Their new EP Prefer You drops on Nov. 11 and with the frequency that they’ve been appearing on music blogs it already seems destined to be a cult sensation, if not something bigger. In the lead-up to its release, they’re sharing “Stay the Same,” a cool blend of postpunk and dream pop that sounds like the slightly more gothed-out cousin of Drive soundtrack sensations Electric Youth.

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Stream singer-songwriter Pisces' luminous new LP

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On much of her self-titled debut LP, singer-songwriter Sarah Negahdari–the front person for the band Happy Hollows who also records under the name Pisces–sounds something like an L.A.-ified reincarnation of Nick Drake, with the same delicate, dreamy take on folk music but sunny Laurel Canyon vibes taking the place of Drake’s very British gloom. The Pisces LP, featuring the hard-to-shake single “Being With You,” came out last week. You can stream it here or buy it on Bandcamp.

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