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Saturday, June 18, 2022

Our New Music picks: Pool Kids, The Beths, Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Mt. Joy

Pool Kids: That's Physics, Baby

This band from Florida is about to release its self-titled second album (following 2018's Music to Have Safe Sex To). Fronted by guitarist-vocalist-songwriter Christine Goodwyne, the group has been called "emo" and "math-rock," but let's just say they make their own blend of indie music. Alternative Press calls this song "a wonderfully cascading piece. Each layer of the track feels timid, starting for a time but backing down just as they pick up steam. The chorus sees each element embrace each other."

The Beths: Silence Is Golden

This the first taste of the New Zealand band's third album, Expert in a Dying Field, due in September. There isn't a second of silence in this number, which rushes by frenetically as Elizabeth Stokes sings about "stress and anxiety manifesting as an intolerance to noise, where each new sound makes you more and more stressed."

Foals: Crest of the Wave

The band from Oxford swerves from its proggy 2019 double-album to a set of let's-party music with its new LP, Life Is Yours. “It’s definitely the poppiest record we’ve ever made," says frontman Yannis Philippakis, "This time we wanted to find a new way to express ourselves.”

Two Door Cinema Club: Wonderful Life

About 15 years into their career, the band from Northern Ireland has its fifth album, Keep On Smiling, coming in September. They're calling this first single "a nod back to the pure rush of [the group's] early output. The lyric is about embracing life - rather than drawing back from the craziness of the world: "Watch as the world does a twist and a twirl without you / You can't make any sense when you're building a fence around you."

Mt. Joy: Orange Blood

On its third studio album, the Los Angeles band "expands the range of their psychedelic-tinged folk," PopMatters writes. The site says this title track paints "a desert landscape where the clouds and the sun wrestle distracted consciousnesses to more contemplative states of being." Frontman Matt Quinn says the song grew from a trip he and his girlfriend took to Joshua Tree National Park. (Not the first musician to find inspiration there!)

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