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.
Lucius – Pulling Teeth (Mom + Pop)
This year Lucius released their stellar sophomore album, Good Grief, and they’re not done yet. Nov. 25th they will release their Pulling Teeth 10″ via Mom + Pop, with B-Side “The Punisher” and this titular track. The band felt these songs belonged on their own, separate from Good Grief, partly due to the fact that this song is about writing (or rather writer’s block) of the album. On the chorus, “Something’s coming hold it there just a little bit longer,” they talk about this block and how they eventually broke out by writing this song (super meta stuff). The band says,“Of course it can be interpreted as something deeper, but on a simpler level it was a writers’ tantrum.” Once again Lucius uses their crisp, bouncy pop style to effortlessly connect with deep emotions. The chorus feels like an, “A Change Gonna Come” type mantra, reminding anyone that if you just hold on something new is around the corner.
The Wytches – Crest of Death (Heavenly)
Don’t you love it when a song begins with the singer just full out screaming in your face? Of course you do. This song expends it energy immediately with the fractured screaming patterns that all end up with the melodic line, “never gonna find a way out.” After the intense intro the song drifts into a dreamy, dissonant, jam for the second half before being ended by that same line. This is the first track off of the English bands anticipated sophomore release, All Your Happy Life, out Sept. 30th via Heavenly. Based on this track the album will be rough, dark, and fuzzy.
Ex Reyes – Only You (Lil Mo Records)
Ex Reyes is the musical project of Bleachers member Mikey Freedom Hart. This song has the melodic structure of a classic Motown soul track, yet it’s surrounded by dream pop instrumentals. Driven by shimmering staccato piano, treble guitar twangs and steady yet sporadic drum beats, with strings, gorgeous vocal harmonies, and other odd sounds making brief appearances. The production here is elaborate yet restrained, though the song amps up at certain points it is mostly even and consistent throughout. For a song that is so light and catchy, it’s lyrics are more melancholy, describing a relationship with someone who has a negative effect on him. The line is repeated, “Only you can make me feel so wrong.” Their ep Do Something is out Nov. 4th on Lil Mo Records, it will no doubt be a well composed pop-soul album worth giving a listen.
Moses Sumney feat. Thundercat – Lonely World (Self-released)
Singer Moses Sumney is on tour with James Blake right now and his ep Lamentations comes out Sept. 30th. This is the latest track released, featuring jazz/electronic artist Thundercat, and the instrumentals here are dynamic and ever changing, at times dark and ambient and times driving and grooving. All lead by Sumney astounding vocals, he keeps pushing his falsetto further and further until it finally reaches it’s ceiling. The vocal effects are very interesting, with Sumney doing distorted harmonies with himself. This song showcases Sumney’s impressive vocal range and wets the appetite for his forthcoming ep.
Sylvan Esso – Radio (Loma Vista Recordings)
The indie-pop duo of Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn released one of the best albums of 2014, and their return has been long awaited. Though this new song is just from a 12″ coming out Nov. 18th via Loma Vista Recordings, it’s good to have some new music from the band. This synth-driven track has their signature pop sound, yet the subject matter here is different from what we’ve seen in the past. This song is a criticism of the commercialism of the music industry, describing the publicity cycle of a pop star and repeating the line, “Slave to the radio.” Not only is it a comment on the music industry but how it’s driven by our society, which is clear with the line, “Don’t you look so cute sucking American d***.” It’s not every day you see a successful band be this critical of the music business, it’s evidence that there are serious problems in the system. This song will most likely be on heavy rotation and be worn out while patiently await their next album.