As we freeze our tails off in the second Northeast Polar Vortex of the year, there’s nothing like good music to help keep you motivated. Hell, if you’re basking in the Australian sun, it helps too. This week, we’ve got just the thing.
Drowners, whose placement in TIME’s 14 Acts to Watch in 2014 we’ve already boasted about in the past, are debuting their Post-Punk album this week in advance of release. Their short and catchy tunes will have you bobbing your head before you even realize it. Highly recommended to get you through the afternoon. If you’re looking for some chill you-time this weekend, Leif Vollebekk is your man. Accompanied by Arcade Fire’s Sara Neufeld on violin, Leif’s music will transport you to that magical place in your mind you sometimes need some help to get to.
Then we have two favorites from Ghostly International: Tycho, who are featuring both a new track and their previously released single on Brooklyn Vegan, and Com Truise, whose new track is getting us more and more excited for his follow-up EP to Galactic Melt. Ramping it up with some Metal and Hip-Hop, we’ve turned to Nothing and Matt Maddox, respectively. Going back to Electronic, Hollow & Akimbo add some Pop-like melodies while Max Cooper provides us with some Dance material, including an original and remix version of his song “Impacts.”
Your music video entertainment is brought to you this weekend by William Onyeabor (pay attention to add some sexy dance moves to your repertoire; may or may not require roller skates), Rachel Sermanni, simple and exquisite, and Fanfarlo, whose founder Simon Balthazar also talked to Esquire about the process behind the new record.
Happy Friday, folks!
Drowners: Full album stream via Rolling Stone
Drowners out January 28 on Frenchkiss Records
Leif Vollebekk: Full album stream via A.V. Club
North Americana out January 28 on Missing Piece Records
Tycho: “Montana” and “Awake” track streams via Brooklyn Vegan
Awake out March 18 on Ghostly International
Com Truise: “Subsonic” track premiere via SPIN
Wave 1 out February 18 via Ghostly International
Nothing: “Bent Nail” track stream via The Fader
Guilty of Everything out March 4 on Relapse Records
Matt Maddox: “King Killer” track premiere via Hip-Hop Kings
Righteous Fury out February 25 on Seven13 Music
Hollow & Akimbo: “Singularity” track premiere via Soundcheck WNYC
Hollow & Akimbo out February 11 on Quite Scientific Records
Max Cooper: “Impacts” track stream via Pitchfork
Human out March 14 on FIELDS
William Onyeabor: “Fantastic Man” music video via Nowness
Who Is William Onyeabor? out now on Luaka Bop
Rachel Sermanni: “Two Birds” music video premiere via MUZU
Everything Changes EP out January 27 on Middle of Nowhere
Fanfarlo: “Landlocked” music video premiere via Esquire
Let’s Go Extinct out February 11 on Blue Horizon