ICYMI is a new series featuring new and notable releases you (and we) may have missed
“Daddi” – Cherry Glazerr
I love Cherry Glazerr and I did not even know they were making music or had announced a new album until I came across a tweet on my twitter feed at like 4 in the morning. There are two tracks out but please direct your attention to “Daddi.” This song is so funny, biting, and triggering at the same time.
—Tamim Alnuweiri, Managing Editor
Ex:re self-titled LP
Daughter is what I listen to when I wanna force myself to ugly cry in the shower or when I’m irrationally sad over a fuckboy. ex:re is the new solo project from Elena Tonra of Daughter. The entire record is out and is seeped with the same lyrical sadness and resolve that permeates Daughter records. It’s all longing and painful pining. Compared to Daughter, this is still melancholy but less rock and more synth pop. Also as a side note, the video for “Romance” is surprisingly captivating and soothing.
Peeping Drexels EP
We’ve recently written about this UK band but this week they released their new self-titled EP. Four tracks long and it makes me sort of glad to not be dead. The EP is fun as fuck and Peeping Drexels get bonus points for figuring out a natural way to use the lyric “i know he likes it cause he shat on my feet.” It sounds like rock that could only be birthed from dirt and sticky dive bar floors—basically, it goes.
It’s Better Without You The Muckers
I’ve had the extreme fortune of seeing The Muckers several times over the past year and truly nothing can compete with seeing them live. It’s Better Without You is pretty stiff competition, though. The recording sounds stellar. Three tracks might seem brief for an EP, but The Muckers take no short cuts, giving you a whopping 9 minute marathon of an intro track. “It’s Better Without You” is everything you want and can expect from The Muckers: 70s rock influence (but not imitation), killer musicianship, and an instrumental/dance break that will leave you weak. “Memories” slows things down just a hair with a bumping bass line and slightly spaced out vocals from Emir Mohseni. While this track isn’t as hot out the gate as the other two, it’s one that sticks with you and stays on repeat in your head and on your Spotify. Closing out with “This Town Will Drag Us Down“, disco is alive and well in New York city and we’re all lucky to get to be a part of that. I feel like this a timeless release and a perfect debut for the band.
—Lauren Khalfayan, Associate Editor
“Laid Down My Arms” Del Water Gap
Despite it’s ease of use and popularity, Spotify can be pretty shit for musicians. That is unless you’re Holden Jaffe, the solo artist behind Del Water Gap. Jaffe’s blend of folk and indie pop has landed his work on many a Discover Weekly playlist, helping to rack up millions of streams, and garnering a rare cult following from coast to coast. The latest release, “Laid Down My Arms”, continues with the folk/indie pop vibe, Jaffe’s romantic nostalgia, but the build feels less triumphant than previous releases, “High Tops” and “Let’s Pretend”. There’s sort of a tug of war of emotions between feeling somewhat defeated, and wanting to give someone or something your all. Jaffe knows how to craft a successful pop song, and this is no exception.
“Waffles” Fast Car Slow Car
If you’ve experienced an east coast winter outside of New York city, I’m sure you’re familiar with the haze you fall into after being snowed in for one too many days. The only light you’ve seen for 48 hours is the emanating blue light from the TV, you already ate all of your survival snacks and drank all the booze, and your favorite Chinese place still won’t deliver. “Waffles”, feels like it could have been born out of that haze. It’s the debut from Fast Car Slow Car — the solo project from touring member of The Districts, Breshon Martzall. Sitting catatonic in heart shaped glasses and a landline cemented to one ear, Martzall’s understated delivery allows the 80s lofi trippiness of the video (directed by Rob Grote of The Districts) to take center stage. With cartoons projected on the walls, extreme closeups, and an intermission dedicated to all things waffles, the video has a nostalgic, home-video quality to it. It makes the viewer feel as if they’re cooped up in this apartment too, watching Bill Nye and Stranger Things, and definitely stoned. It’s chill, but super catchy, with a percussive beat that would allow for some fist bumping if you absolutely feel the need.
“I Can’t Have You But I Want You” Rookie
I swear to god there is some crazy shit in the water in Chicago. There’s been a lot of killer releases from the city this year — Lala Lala, Grapetooth, Post Animal — and Rookie’s latest video/single follows suit. Filmed with the warm familiarity and informality of an old VHS home-video by Tim Nagle, both the song and the video feel like a welcome blast from the past (zoom is an underutilized storytelling device in my opinion). It’s 70s infused rock n’ roll that’s somehow both laid back and anthemic. I found myself aggressively double checking that this wasn’t already an infamous classic rock song that I somehow, idiotically, missed because it just seems to get everything right.