Approaching Zero

Some slippery synth-pop goodness from André Obin, taken from his forthcoming album Ways of Escape, out April 29 on Skycouncil.

The wait between albums for seminal freak-folker Linda Perhacs would make Kevin Shields tap his foot. Yet here we are. The Soul of All Natural Things drops this week at long last via Asthmatic Kitty. Here’s a video for standout “Prisms of Glass,” featuring sonic and spiritual descendants Nite Jewel and Julia Holter. Lovely stuff.

Luna

UK upstarts Fear of Men will release their debut album Loom this April on Kanine Records. They’ve been dancing around the periphery of my radar for some time but with this glimmering new single, they’ve finally fully caught my attention.

In addition to standard digital and physical copies, the album will also be available on limited edition two-colored vinyl on Record Store Day.

Choker

I fell a little bit in love with Glaswegian duo Honeyblood last fall. Now they’re set to release their self-titled debut this May on Fat Cat, and this is the soaring, searing first taste. Can’t wait for the rest.

A Review in Haiku: Neneh Cherry - Blank Project

Harsh beats from Four Tet

Make this rawer than Sushi

Queen Neneh is back.

Blank Project is out next week on Smalltown Supersound, and I can only hope it’s the first batch of much more new Neneh to come.

Stream it over at NPR now.

Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek is going it alone this year as Ramona Lisa. Her debut album comes out April 15 through Terrible and this is the title track. Very Nico to my ears.

A Review in Haiku: Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness

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Haunting melodies

plus devastating lyrics

equal a classic.

Burn Your Fire for No Witness is out this week on Jagjaguwar, and it may already have my Album of 2014 title locked. Too soon? Ah, who cares.

You can still stream it over at NPR and hear for yourself.

Out of the Black

I’m kicking myself for never picking up on how much reigning Swedish pop queen Robyn owes to original Swedish pop queen Neneh Cherry. It’s only fair that they should team up on this simmering, slithering song from the latter’s first album in almost two decades. Blank Project was produced by Kieran Hebden and is out next week on Smalltown Supersound.

Brain

BANKS has done it again with her latest Shlohmo produced single, which switches from sultry to soaring with the fluidity of iced vodka. Listen below. Can we have an album now please?

Spin Around

Mysterious Italian artist Tying Tiffany just caught my attention today with her brooding, beautiful blend of post-punk, industrial, and yes, Italo music. That blend is summed up perfectly on single “Spin Around,” the first from her forthcoming LP DROP, which drops (har har) this March on ZerOKilled Music. You can stream it below.