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Saturday, February 18, 2023

Our latest picks - from The Revivalists, Inhaler, Feist, King Tuff, The New Pornographers

The Revivalists: Kid

Photo by Zackery Michael
Coming in June: Pour It Out Into The Night, the fifth studio album from this New Orleans-based roots-rock band. This first single is a little more laid-back than some of their hits. It's described as "a hopeful anthem about finding the zest for life, self-belief and 'just living for the spirit.'" Grateful Web writes: "With an infectious melody and piano peeking through bright acoustic guitar, intricate layers of the band's distinctive instrumentation power a euphoric chantable chorus."

Inhaler: Just To Keep You Satisfied

The follow-up to 2021's It Won't Always Be Like This suggests that, in fact, this band is staying its alt-pop course. Here's the opening track from their sophomore album, Cuts and Bruises, which also contains the recent singles "These Are The Days" and "Love Will Get You There." The Independent writes: "The Irish four-piece make music that is uncomplicated, hooky and very listenable – if a little commercial. ... [The new album] may not offer anything new to music, but there’s no denying its appeal." The band gets some flack over nepotism, what with singer Elijah Hewson being Bono's son. But NME says "they’re fast carving out their own worthy place in the scene."

Feist: In Lightning

While her sixth solo album, Multitudes, is due in April, this Nova Scotia native and art-pop artist just released a quarter of it - a trio of singles, including this track that will be the LP's opener. We agree with Pitchfork that this is "the most striking of the three." The mag calls it "wonderfully ramshackle in a way that fits her milieu ... It all retains the common feeling in her music of pieces falling together, each element getting its own space to shine."

King Tuff: Tell Me

Photo by Wyndham Garnett
Originally from Vermont and now based in Los Angeles, Kyle Thomas is about to release Smalltown Stardust, his third album for the SubPop label under the King Tuff moniker. It was written and recorded with another LA indie musician, Sasami. This single is unabashedly a love song. Says Thomas: "Almost every song in the world is about love, yet somehow there’s still not enough love songs ... Love is an endless well, you can do love songs about people, nature, passion, frustration, animals, joy, madness." This one is pretty clearly about a person.

The New Pornographers: Angelcover

Here's the second single from Continue As A Guest, the upcoming ninth album by this badly named but highly accomplished indie-rock collective. We previously featured lead single "Really Really Light." Stereogum calls this new track "an elegant chug with a bit of ’80s new wave in its chorus." Frontman A.C. Newman says: "A shared experience we all have is the fever dream ... This one is about an angel that sat at the foot of my bed and explained to me how most people listen to music. They were kind of right. It is also a pop song."

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