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Saturday, January 21, 2023

New sounds from Belle and Sebastian, Daughter, Dizzy, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Goose

Belle and Sebastian: I Don't Know What You See In Me

According to frontman Stuart Murdoch, the veteran indie band from Glasgow entered the recording sessions for last year's A Bit of Previous with a trove of song ideas built up during lockdown. "I just said to the band, ‘Come on, let’s make it two LPs!” he told NME. "Let’s give the record company what they want first, and then keep the second one back as a secret. ... The second LP is the fun LP." Titled Late Developers, it was just released along with this single. "With a strong electronic-pop and '90s power ballad' influence, the song breaks new ground for the band," NME writes.

Daughter: Be On Your Way

The upcoming album Stereo Mind Games is billed as the "most optimistic record yet" from the trio of Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella, "after more than a decade spent depicting the darkest emotions." This song stems from a romantic connection that's fated to be temporary, but resulting in "not a loss of hope but a confidence in and acceptance of the passage of time," as the band describes it. Atwood Magazine calls the track "a shimmering standout single."

Dizzy: Birthmark

There's no word yet of a new album from this Toronto-area indie-pop band, but this is the second single they've released in three months. Under The Radar writes that behind the track's "soaring melodies, shimmering guitar hooks, and intoxicating groove ... the lyrics find vocalist Katie Munshaw sifting through the wreckage of a broken relationship." Says Munshaw: "The song is from the point of view of someone I love who went through their first heartbreak last year."

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: Easy Now

Along with this single comes word that Council Skies, the fourth album from these British rockers, will arrive in June. “It’s going back to the beginning," Gallagher says of the new collection. "Daydreaming, looking up at the sky and wondering about what life could be … that’s as true to me now as it was in the early ‘90s. When I was growing up in poverty and unemployment, music took me out of that.” Music Radar calls this track "a vintage slice of [Gallagher's] songwriting ... It's Noel back in his rightful place as the peoples' troubadour."

Goose: Hungersite

This Connecticut band's fourth album, Dripfield, was released last year, and we previously featured the title song. After a recent appearance on late-night network TV, this track has been picking up airplay on adult-alternative radio, prompting us to give it another listen and pop it into our New Music bin. Glide magazine wrote that it's "among the album’s many standout tracks thanks to an infectious guitar riff and overall jaunty demeanor." The lyrics carry a more serious tone: "Is it time to shed our weapons yet, my friend? ... Can we step out of the wreckage yet, my friend?”

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