It’s not quite Christmas, or even Halloween, but it sure feels like it thanks to Sufjan Stevens. Today, it was announced that he will be releasing a second holiday-themed box set on November 13th via Asthmatic Kitty called Silver & Gold: Songs For Christmas. Much like his 2006 Songs For Christmas, it will feature an epic number of covers and original tracks. How epic? The new release is equivalent to five EPs recorded between 2006-2010. In addition to the usual Sufjan signature sound, he will be joined by other contemporaries, such as The National‘s Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Arcade Fire‘s Richard Reed Parry, Cat Martino and more. As if all this wasn’t enough, the box set will also include stickers, lyric sheets, posters, temporary tattoos and more! AND to hold us over, Sufjan graced us with a 12-minute song called “Christmas Unicorn.” Check it out below. The guy knows how to give a gift, huh?
For more information on Silver & Gold: Songs For Christmas, including how to pre-order it, visit his website.
Hailing from the UK, indie rock four-piece Swim Deep first caught my eye with their surfy anthem “King City,” but have permanently made me a fan with “Honey,” their latest single and first release since signing with Chess Club Records. As its title implies, it’s a sugary, synth-tinged tune perfect for laid back hangouts, especially as the cooing chorus kicks in: “Don’t just dream in your sleep, it’s just lazy. Are we having fun? Or are we daze-y? Oooh, baby.” Stream both tracks below and don’t forget to check out the new fun and colorful video for “Honey” here.
In this new David Lynch-inspired music video for “Plaster,” Brooklyn’s Beast Patrol roll out a psychedelic, dream-like sequence that prescribes the idea: Let’s just get weird out in the woods! And they proceed to do so while riding motorcycles in scary masks, conducting late-night dance rituals and playing music in a blurry haze. But the Phil Knott-directed visuals, how ever odd, totally match the song’s delicious fuzzy-pop quality and singer/guitarist Vanessa Bley’s hypnotizing voice. Grab the single below for free!
“Plaster” is off Beast Patrol’s latest EP, Fierce & Grateful, out now on the band’s own Space Camp Radio Records.
After releasing Creatures of an Hour in 2011, London duo Still Corners are back with a new hazy, 80s-influenced synth-pop treat. “Fireflies,” so tantalizing and romantic thanks to Tessa Murray’s lush and luring vocals, slithers along slowly, pulsating in dramatic fashion, essentially swallowing everything in its path in the best possible way. The new track is part of a limited edition, tour-only 7″ single, but some copies can also be purchased here.
Wiiithouuut youuuuu I’m a messsssssss. Body Language continue to prove that they have the pulsing synths to get you movin’ and also some R&B flavor to get you groovin’. So go on, listen to this new track and just try to force that crazy, sticky chorus out of your head. Recently the Brooklyn band — who also make up part of electro-pop outfit Vacationer — put out a fresh new EP called Grammar, the follow-up to last year’s Social Studies album.
Grammar is out now on Lavish Habits. Stream/purchase it on their Bandcamp page.
Shortly after letting loose the tracklist of his highly anticipated major label debut, Kendrick Lamar gives us yet another incredible single. “Compton” features Lamar’s mentor, Dr. Dre, and soulful, stadium-worthy production from super-producer Just Blaze. This track takes a more celebratory sound as the rising star declares himself “King Kendrick,” trading bars with the legendary Doctor as they pay homage to their hometown.
The countdown to the October 22nd good kid, m.A.A.d. city release date starts now for us ninjas. Stream this triumphant cut below and hit the jump to check out the tracklist, which includes notable features from Drake, Lady Gaga and Mary J. Blige. You can cop this song, and preorder the album, over at iTunes now.
Kendrick Lamar Compton ft. Dr. Dre (Prod. Just Blaze)
Directed by Grant Singer, the latest video for Sky Ferreira‘s electro-pop hit “Everything Is Embarrassing” features the songstress simply pleading for love from someone who’s unwilling to give it up. Well, at least not for her. Across New York City Ferreira strikes some seductive poses and flirty glances, and can you blame the girl? As the Pat Benatar saying goes: Love is a battlefield. If you want to read more thoughts on this hot track, we reviewed it not too long ago here.
Sky Ferreira’s upcoming Ghost EP comes out October 16th via Capitol.