Future Sounds: 8-17-16

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.

Allah-Las – Could Be You (Mexican Summer)

If you listen to the first couple albums from LA rock band Allah-Las you might think you’re actually listening to a band from the late 60’s. Not only does their style heavily resemble bands like The Zombies, but their lo-fi production completes the homage. This track comes from their forthcoming album Calico Review, out September 9 on Mexican Summer and while the raw rock energy is still present, this new track is much more polished and produced, freshening up their retro sound. This song is all about guitars, driven by a crunchy blues strum with slippery riffs laid over top singer Miles Michaud’s infectious melodies. This is a great summer jam, and it shows that the groups third album is not one you want to miss.

Bellows – Orange Juice (Double Double Whammy)

Bellows is the musical project of Oliver Kalb, a member of Brooklyn’s Epoch collective, home to the likes of Told Slant and Eskimeaux. Orange Juice is quite possibly one of the most interesting songs to come out of a community that is always making something worth listening to. Kalb has taken the folk sound he’s know for and magnified it. There is so much happening in this song, from a variety of piano and synth sounds to all manner of thundering percussion, yet it all works in tandem to deliver an unique sound, somewhere between arena rock and folk-pop. The music here gets bigger and bigger as the song goes on, yet Kalb’s effected multi-tracked vocals stay soft and stolid, one of the breathy tracks is nearly a whisper. Though this song is bright and epic it the lyrics essentially captures a “face-palm” moment of mortifying embarrassment and regret. Times when you’re losing your cool, making a fool or yourself, and, “becoming what I never wanted to.” Bellows’ second album, Fist and Palm is out September 3 on Double Double Whammy, and this track foreshadows another innovative and entertaining release from the folks of The Epoch.

De La Soul feat. Little Dragon – Drawn (AOI Records)

Over the past few months rap legends De La Soul have been releasing singles from their upcoming album And The Anonymous Nobody out August 26 on AOI Records. The group has always had a heavy jazz influence but they are now taking it into new exciting directions. The latest of the five singles released features Swedish band Little Dragon and it their most experimental track yet. This song is a slow burn, the first few minutes belong to Yukimi Nagano’s haunting vocals, backed by a subtle piano tap in tandem with a the soft pluck of a stand-up bass. A drum beat doesn’t even kick in until around the four minute mark, where the guys finally spit some rhymes and finish out the song . The album was funded on Kickstarter where is swiftly met it’s goal. This song is just one of the fantastic collaborations on the album, we also have appearances by Damon Albarn and David Byrne to look forward to.

Bon Iver – 22 (Over S??n) [Bob Moose Extended Cab Version] (Jag Jaguwar)

After dancing with Chance the Rapper and Francis and The Lights at his Eaux Claires festival Justin Vernon debut his new album live. Then he dropped two songs from his forthcoming album 22, A Million out September 30 on Jag Jaguwar, including this extended version of album’s lead single. Much like the previous song on this list, this song has plenty of breathing room. The influence of recent collaborators James Blake and Francis and the Lights is apparent, with Vernon’s signature vocals laid over minimal instrumentation, guided by a pitch-shifted voice sample repeating “2,” and “It might be over soon,” delivering a wise mantra for any difficult circumstance or experience. The backing synth sound occasionally shutters and cuts out as if another frequency is interfering. A gentle sax solo and some subtle orchestration make appearances, but more often than not this song is filled with open spaces, making Bon Iver’s already powerful sound even more intimate and affecting. Justin Vernon started out making folk music, then his second album was filled with grand arrangements, and now he has scaled his sound back down and taken it in a surprising yet delightful new direction. You never know what to expect from a Bon Iver song but you know it will take you somewhere you’ve never been before.