Welcome to Future Sounds! Every Wednesday Ghettoblaster brings you a handful of singles from upcoming albums to excite and entice your ears. Below you’ll find songs that really stand out as essential listening. So please sit back, relax and treat yourself to some seriously great music.
Izzy True – “Total Body Erasure” (Don Giovanni)
From the moment the cowbell rings and the classic guitar line screeches to a start in the opening second of “Total Body Erasure” you know you’re in for a treat. Izzy True is fronted by Isabel Reidy, whose vocal performance propels this truly awesome classic rock n’ roll song. There is desperation and confusion over the surreal lines in the song, including “You in your power, be my beautiful alien savior, let loose that beam, give me total body erasure.” Even with the great vocal performance and standout lyricism, the music does not take a back seat. Built around a classic guitar riff and upbeat propelling drums, the song soars along and really ends too soon. Izzy True has their debut full length album, Nope, coming out 8-5 via Don Giovanni. Mark your calendars.
Mallrat – “For Real”
Mallrat is a 16 year old girl from Australia who makes enjoyable pop music where she flows between singing and rapping effortlessly. She has released her debut EP, Uninvited in Australia, but there are no details on an American release as of yet. Her most recent single “For Real” finds her singing a catchy song about everyday love over a solid beat and a great 80s inspired keyboard line. Mallrat has said she isn’t sure if this is a happy or sad song about love. “For Real” contains the lyrics “When you smile for real, it makes me smile for real” and “Didn’t even want to die once this week,” which emphasize this struggle between feeling happy and sad when being in love. This is the type of song from an up and coming artist that makes you want to pay attention.
Angel Olsen – “Shut Up Kiss Me” (Jagjaguwar)
Angel Olsen is one of the more interesting singer-songwriters currently making music. She is an artist who exists in dualities. There is her soft and contemplative side filled with beautiful passages of music. “Shut Up Kiss Me” displays the other side of Angel Olsen, the more urgent and aggressive side. This is the second single from her upcoming album My Woman, which comes out 9-2 on Jagjaguwar. Fittingly, My Woman is split up into an A side and a B side, with the front half containing this song and other more rocking songs. Olsen also directed the accompanying video, which finds her going from an insistent lover making demands of a partner to seemingly losing it a little bit, all while in a roller skating rink. It’s a fun video of a really stand out track.
Golden Suits – “Is it Wrong” (Hit City U.S.A.)
Fred Nicolaus, one half of the indie pop duo Department of Eagles, is back with a new single from his solo project Golden Suits. “Is it Wrong” finds Nicolaus going for a very classic, very poppy sound, which focuses on a big chorus and very uplifting folky feel overall. Nicolaus has described the new direction of his songwriting for “Is it Wrong” in the following way: “I’ve spent so much time writing restrained mid-tempo folky ballads that I started to get bored of tiptoeing around the margins of good taste–I wanted to write a song that was big and direct and could potentially faceplant. Like a fastball-down-the-middle-of-the-plate, Bruce-Springsteen-waving-an-American-flag-on-a-mountain type of song.” There is no word yet on a release date for a follow up album on Hit City U.S.A.
Jidenna – “Little Bit More” (Epic Records)
Mr. “Classic Man” himself Jidenna is back with another single off of his highly anticipated upcoming release Long Live the Chief, which is out sometime in the near future from Epic Records. “Little Bit More” finds Jidenna in total Island mode, delivering a song with a classic smooth Jamaican beat and feel. It’s got a definite steel drum sound to make this ideal for all your upcoming summer parties. This is just a light and airy pop song where Jidenna is singing to a girl he is dancing with on the dance floor. It’s not rocket science, but it sure results in a really enjoyable pop song.