Welcome back, everybody! Missed you last week but I’m sure you can agree that the holiday break was as much enjoyed as it was needed. This week, we’re back in action and we’ve got a lot to catch up on so keep reading for the freshest picks from The Orchard!
From one holiday to the next, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are ready for Christmas and this new music video proves it. Their new version of “White Christmas” fills the traditionally solemn song with glowing, honest-to-goodness holiday cheer and — nothing against Bing Crosby, but — this is the version I’ll be playing for the rest of the year.
I had not heard of Whistlejacket before today. Making my way to the London-based psych-gaze band’s Facebook page, I found one of their musical influences to be “pizza” and, honestly, they won a new listener on that alone. Whistlejacket‘s latest track, “Stay – N,” is a quintessential gray-sky rock song marked with foggy, washed out vocals. Grab an umbrella and give a listen.
Third, we have “Sgoraet,” from Russian electronic artist, Kedr Livanskiy. After an introduction of whirling electronic sounds and intricately computed rhythms, a single voice emerges from the shadows. My American ears can’t translate Kedr‘s lyrics but the pulsating, synth-laden aesthetic communicates volumes. A feeling of alienation is aggravated by a breakbeat-induced frenzy, pushing the track to an end.
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Lola Coca: “Love Songs” track premiere via Lady Gunn
Bad Girlfriend out December 4 on Mirrorball Entertainment
Black Tusk: “God’s On Vacation” track premiere via NPR
Pillars of Ash out January 29 on Relapse Records
Kedr Livanskiy: “Sgoraet” track premiere via Pitchfork
“Sgoraet” single out now on 2MR
The Goon Sax: “Boyfriend” track premiere via Stereogum
“Boyfriend” out now on Chapter Music
Whistlejacket: “Stay – N” track premiere via DIY
What I Ate On Sunday out February 5 on Fierce Panda
Girls Names: “Reticence” music video premiere via Brooklyn Vegan
“Reticence” single out now on Tough Love Records
Trevor Moran: “Let’s Roll” music video premiere via Just Jared Jr.
“Let’s Roll” single out now on Gotham Alpha
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: “White Christmas” music video premiere via YouTube
It’s A Holiday Soul Party out now on Daptone Records
Black Opera: “Rich Like You” music video premiere via 2DopeBoyz
Protect The Code out now on The Black Opera
The Chills: “When The Poor Can Reach The Moon” music video premiere via Independent
Silver Bullets out now on Fire Records
Summer Camp: “I Don’t Wanna Wait For Christmas” music video premiere via Noisey
Christmas out now on Moshi Moshi Records
The Frights: “You Are Going To Hate This” music video premiere via idobi Radio
You Are Going To Hate This out February 12 on Dangerbird Records