Welcome, one and all, to the very first volume of Future Sounds. Every few weeks we will bring you a playlist of singles from upcoming albums to excite and entice your ears. Below you’ll find the entire playlist via Spotify, as well as Playlist Highlights, which are songs that really stand out as essential listening. So please, sit back, relax and treat yourself to some seriously great music.
PJ Harvey – The Wheel
Let it be known that I’m a sucker for hand claps, and there is some mighty fine hand clapping in this song. PJ Harvey is back with her first new music since 2011, and if this is a sign of things to come then it was well worth the wait. The guitars on this song really stick out as well as the sort of primitive, yet not at all simple feel.
from the album The Hope Six Demolition Project out 4/15/16 on Vagrant Records
Eric Bachmann – Mercy
Archers of Loaf and Crooked Fingers frontman is back once again as himself. This song has such a HUGE sound with lovely doo-wop influenced backing vocals. Lyrically it seems to be about unfollowing friends and family on Facebook, but still loving them despite huge differences. Seriously in love with this song.
from the album Eric Bachmann out 3/23/16 on Merge
Parquet Courts – Dust
Just a straight up great rockin’ song complete with chaotic freak out. Also, one of the simplest and strangest choruses, which I’m absolutely in love with. Dust is everywhere … Sweep!
from the album Human Performance out 4/8/16 on Rough Trade
Big Ups – Capitalized
It all begins with an ominous bass line and doesn’t let up over the course of two bone crunching minutes. Big Ups is a band that I had not heard of before this month, yet their upcoming album grows more and more promising with each single they release ( see also: National Parks).
from the album Before a Million Universes out 3/4/16 on Exploding in Sound
Flume – Smoke and Retribution (feat. Vince Staples and Kucka)
Icy cold synths mixed with dripping hot verses from Vince Staples, one of the most promising young rappers today, makes for an incredible listen. Vince Staples is what brought me to this song initially, but Flume’s production is what has me excited to hear the rest of his album when it comes out. Turn this one up as loud as possible, trust me.
from the forthcoming album Skin via Mom + Pop
Whitney – No Woman
A lovely folk song with a bit of a country feel and great horns from members of the band Smith Westerns. This is about as smooth a song as you’ll find. I just want to throw this on and drive around in northern Michigan for forever.
from an upcoming release later in 2016 from Secretly Canadian