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Saturday, August 6, 2022

New music: Katy Guillen & The Drive, Bear's Den, Lost Leaders, The Killers, Two Door Cinema Club

Katy Guillen & The Drive: Set in Stone

Back in 2018 we picked up on what turned out to be the last LP from Katy Guillen and the Girls. Since then, Kansas City-based singer-songwriter-guitarist Guillen and drummer Stephanie Williams have been working as a duo, and they just released their first full-length album, Another One Gained. This single is one of the collection's more hard-driving tracks, so to speak. "Many of the songs on the album were a result of a time when I found myself rebuilding and figuring out next steps in my career and personal life," Guillen says. Here she sings "I want to be set in stone again," suggesting a longing for stability.

Bear's Den: Please Don't Hide Yourself Away

Close on the heels of their fourth LP, Blue Hours, the U.K. band led by songwriters Andrew Davie and Kevin Jones has released a soundtrack album of songs composed for a TV series called Trying. They're joined by Jade Bird on this upbeat number, which opens with a sound that reminds us of some of Bruce Hornsby's work. Although written specifically for an episode of the show's third season, the track stands nicely on its own.

Lost Leaders: Jealous Sun

When we featured the single "Long Way Down" in April, we speculated that there might be an album coming from the New York duo of guitarist Peter Cole and bassist (and Lumineers member) Byron Isaacs. It turns out to be a five-track EP, Jealous Sun. and the title track now enters our New Music bin. Another standout that we'll also be spinning: "Daylight."

The Killers: boy

This song, the band's first release following last year's Pressure Machine, actually predates that concept album, but likewise grew from frontman Brandon Flowers' visits to his boyhood home town of Nephi, Utah. "I found that the place I had wanted to get away from so desperately at 16 was now a place that I couldn’t stop returning to," he says. "I have a son approaching the age I was at that time in my life. With [this song], I want to reach out and tell myself – and my sons –  to not overthink it. And to look for the 'white arrows' in their lives."

Two Door Cinema Club: Lucky

Here's the second single to spin out ahead of the Northern Ireland band's upcoming fifth album, Keep On Smiling. The group says the bouncy track "is a reflection about how fast things change. ... We live in such a disposable society, we just need to take the time to think and reflect about why things are there in the first place."

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