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Saturday, August 5, 2023

Latest adds in our New Music bin: Middle Kids, Peter Gabriel, Metric, Hannah Georgas, Wilco

Middle Kids: Highlands

A couple of years after the award-winning Today We're The Greatest LP, we're pleased to hear more from this Australian indie-rock trio. Rolling Stone Australia says this single pairs "Hannah Joy’s mildly euphoric vocals with tight instrumentation." Joy draws on her Scottish heritage here by referencing the Highlands, using it as a metaphor for "a euphoric place where I have the space to be me, and you have the space to be you."

Peter Gabriel: Olive Tree

The one-song-each-full-moon release schedule for the new album I/O continues with the August 1 arrival of this upbeat track. Gabriel says there's no particular significance to the song's title, but the theme is connection: "In some ways I do think we are part of everything and we probably have means to connect and communicate with everything that we often shut off."

Metric: Just The Once

It turns out that last year's Formentera album has a Part II on its way this fall. The Toronto indie-rockers preview it with this single that they describe as "regret disco." Says lead singer Emily Haines: "It’s a song for when you need to dance yourself clean. Beneath the sparkling surface, there’s a lyrical exploration of a simple word with many meanings. ... As for doing something only once versus doing something once in a while, well, I think we all know how vast the difference is between the two."

Hannah Georgas: Home

We previously featured "Better Somehow" from the upcoming album I'd Be Lying If I Said I Didn't Care. Now just a couple of weeks from the LP release comes this song, which the Ontario singer-songwriter-producer says is "about dealing with feelings of being lost and unsettled, and comparing that to others who seem to have it figured out."

Wilco: Evicted

Photo by Zoran Orlic
The band has announced its 13th studio album is on the way. This is the first single from Cousin, due late next month. “I’m cousin to the world,” frontman Jeff Tweedy says. “I don’t feel like I’m a blood relation, but maybe I’m a cousin by marriage.” As for this song, he says he wrote it "from the point of view of someone struggling to make an argument for themself in the face of overwhelming evidence that they deserve to be locked out of someone’s heart."

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