One of the most exciting musical movements of the past couple of years has been the burgeoning emo revival scene lead by Cap’n Jazz disciples such as The World is a Beautiful Place, Dads, Algernon Cadwallader(RIP), Crash of Rhinos and many more. The fourth wave of emo isn’t all twinkly guitars, though seeing as Doylestown, PA’s Balance and Composure have decided to skip the Kinsella worship altogether and seem to be much more interested in the sad-sack heroics of Jesse Lacey, the leader of the great Brand New. Brand New was one of the few bright spots during a time when the genre was mostly associated with Hot Topic and “mall punk” acts like Fall Out Boy, early Paramore and My Chemical Romance. Balance and Composure released their sophomore album, The Things We Think We’re Missing a couple of weeks ago, and going by the sounds of it, it seems as if their favorite Brand New album is the 2000′s emo masterpiece, Deja Entendu. An album where Brand New really started to turn the corner and became really fucking interesting with the release of 2006′s The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me. An album that defied all genre expectations at the time and if Balance and Composure plan on following Brand New’s career trajectory, then their career defining album is waiting for them just around the corner.
As for the video for single “Reflection,” it seems to tell the story of a guy going through a spiritual awakening as he encounters a wolf and walks alongside the ledge of a bridge. You can stream their new album, The Things We Think We’re Missing below:
Katy B is gearing up to release the follow up to her massive debut album. On a Mission sometime this fall. She’s already blessed us with “What Love is Made Of” earlier this year, and today she releases another cut off her upcoming album which is titled “5AM.” “5AM” is the meat and potatoes rave-pop that Katy B has become known for, and her sophomore album is looking like it’s going to be another heater.
Sebadoh are releasing their first full-length album in fourteen years. It’s called Defend Yourself and is being released on Joyful Noise.
“I Will” was released near the tail end of the summer, and now there’s a video treatment for it. Mouth close-ups, Lou Barlow’s guitar, handwritten lyrics, and Barlow’s cat are heavily featured in this video. Adam Harding directed the clip.
Flatbush Zombies is back taking the rap game by storm as always. Releasing their new mixtape Better Off Dead (Fitting title). With only two features from some rappers Action Bronson and Danny Brown, this is sure to stay in the deck for the remainder of the month. No questions asked download the mixtape here.
What a great way to start back Esther the Swedish Rock Band recently released their album A South Province Letter independently and I have to say this is a great surprise. The band has a real bouncy vibe kind of reminds of me of Two Door Cinema Club maybe Bombay Bicycle Club. I personally love the album. Let us know what you think about it and check out the amazing video “Let It Go” above and stream the album below via SPOTIFY
James Blake dropped the soulful single, “Retrograde” taken from his forthcoming album Overgrown just a couple of days ago, and now there’s a mysterious visual to accompany it. It involves a mysterious figure walking around in motorcycle gear during what appears to be an upcoming asteroid attack on earth. The apocalyptic video was directed by Martin De Thurah.
Overgrown is out 4/8 on Republic
Brooklyn’s own Skyzoo is back with a new visual off his well received album A Dream Deferred get your copy here . Spike Lee makes an appearance in the video and Talib gives a great verse on this song. Watch the video above let us know what you think.
Fizzology ( Lil Fame & Termanology) have been going pretty hard pushing their new album ” Fizzology ” get your copy here. With no shortness of work they continue their grind and bring the great Bun B. along for their new single “Hustler’s Ringtone”. This song is really one of those strictly for the Hip-Hop Heads, nothing less. Watch the video above.
Wolf Alice the Indie Rock four piece set from North London are set to release their new single “Fluffy” Feb. 11th via Chess Club Records. This song is pretty much rock meets grunge and is really worth a listen. The B-Side of the single “White Leather” can streamed below also. Make sure to follow the band and be on the lookout for this new Buzz Band.
Ty Segall affiliate, Mikal Cronin just announced his sophomore album and Merge Records debut, MCII, and will be out on May 7th . Mikal Cronin decided to bless the blogosphere with a preview of what to expect on his sophomore by dropping the irresistible “Shout it Out.” And if “Shout it Out” is anything to go by, then MCII is shaping up to be one of the better guitar-pop records of the year. Stream below
(via Consequence of Sound)