This Week on LetsLoop
Here’s our pick of the best new music on LetsLoop this week:
1. LORDE — GREEN LIGHT
It’s been a long time coming, but New Zealand superstar Lorde is finally back! Green Light is the lead single to her upcoming 2nd album, Melodrama, which is out later this year and follows up her platinum-selling 2013 debut album, Pure Heroine.
The track was written with Jack Antonoff from fun., Bleachers and Steel Train (he’s also Girls star and writer Lena Dunham’s other half) and Joel Little, Lorde’s primary collaborator on Pure Heroine and a Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer for the likes of BROODS, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, Elliphant and more. Antonoff also co-wrote and produced every song on Lorde’s upcoming album.
4. PORTUGAL. THE MAN — FEEL IT STILL
5. LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT — GROWN
It’s almost as if Los Angeles Police Department don’t want you to find them on Google… not only is their name a little tricky to find, but it really doesn’t help that their debut album, Los Angeles Police Department (released in 2014), and their upcoming 2nd album, Los Angeles Police Department, also have the same name!
Don’t let that put you off though, Ryan Pollie’s band are definitely worth the effort. Grown is the breathtaking 2nd single from their upcoming album, which is out April 28th and was produced Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado and Beck, Elliott Smith & Foo Fighters producer Rob Schnapf.
Here’s what Ryan had to say about the upcoming album:
“I think of this record as a coming-of-age story. You always think of coming-of-age stories as something that happens to kids, something like Stand By Me or Catcher In The Rye, but in my twenties I realized that I was always going to face this vulnerability and this anxiety. I’m never going to be that wise old person who’s cold-hearted and knows everything. So this record is about learning to face up to those fears and be emotionally responsible.”
The new LAPD album will also feature the recently released lead single, The Plane 2.
6. LUCY ROSE — FLORAL DRESSES (FEAT. THE STAVES)
Indie-folk singer-songwriter Lucy Rose has teamed up with The Staves (an English folk-rock group made-up of 3 sisters: Emily, Jessica and Camilla Staveley-Taylor) on Floral Dresses, the lead single to her as-yet-unnamed 3rd album, which is due later this year and follows up 2015’s Work It Out.
Here’s what Lucy had to say about her new single:
“When I wrote Floral Dresses it really reminded me about who I was, and I always think that some of the best songs are the ones which can stand on their own with just one instrument. The message is pretty clear and I hope other people will find comfort in it, and realise they are different but also the same as many people.”
7. TENNIS — MY EMOTIONS ARE BLINDING
My Emotions Are Blinding is the latest track to surface from husband and wife indie-pop duo Tennis’s upcoming 4th album, Yours Conditionally, which is out March 17th and follows up 2014’s excellent Ritual In Repeat.
8. SYLVAN ESSO — DIE YOUNG
9. FATHER JOHN MISTY — TOTAL ENTERTAINMENT FOREVER
10. THE SHINS — PAINTING A HOLE
Painting A Hole is the 4th single from The Shins’s upcoming 5th album, Heartworms, which is out March 10th and will also feature the recently released lead single Name For You, Mildenhall and Dead Alive, which was shared by the band back in October as “a Halloween gift while you wait for the album”.
11. LAURA MARLING — NOTHING, NOT NEARLY
Here’s what Laura had to say about her upcoming album:
“I started out writing Semper Femina as if a man was writing about a woman. And then I thought it’s not a man, it’s me — I don’t need to pretend it’s a man to justify the intimacy of the way I’m looking and feeling about women. It’s me looking specifically at women and feeling great empathy towards them and by proxy towards myself.”
12. GRAYSON GILMOUR — HUNDRED WATERS
Hundred Waters is the lead single to solo artist, So So Modern member and film composer Grayson Gilmour’s upcoming 3rd solo album, Otherwise, which is out later this year and follows up 2014’s Infinite Life! (nominated for ‘Best Alternative Album’ at the 2014 New Zealand Music Awards).
13. WHITE REAPER — THE WORLD’S BEST AMERICAN BAND
The World’s Best American Band is the 2nd single from Louisville, Kentucky punk-rock band White Reaper’s upcoming 3rd album of the same name, which is out April 7th and follows up 2015’s White Reaper Does It Again.
If you missed it, be sure to check out the album’s excellent lead single Judy French.
14. CAMERON AVERY — DANCE WITH ME
15. OVERCOATS — NIGHTTIME HUNGER
Nighttime Hunger is the 2nd single from Overcoats (aka folk-soul duo Hana Elion & JJ Mitchell)’s upcoming debut album Young, which is out April 21st and follows up their excellent debut single and Hozier cover, Cherry Wine.
Young will also feature the previously released lead single, Hold Me Close.
16. CHRISTOPHER PAUL STELLING — DESTITUTE
Itinerant Arias will also feature the recently released lead single, Badguys.