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15 Best Songs of the Week: Magdalena Bay, Cassandra Jenkins, King Gizzard, Nilüfer Yanya, and More

Plus MEMORIALS, W.H. Lung, Laura Marling, Charly Bliss, and a Wrap-up of the Last Two Week’s Other Notable New Tracks  

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Welcome to the 22nd Songs of the Week of 2024. This week’s list covers the last two weeks, owing to last week being the July 4th holiday weekend. This week Andy Von Pip, Caleb Campbell, Marina Malin, Matt the Raven, Scott Dransfield, and Stephen Humphries helped me decide what should make the list. We seriously considered over 45 songs this week and narrowed it down to a Top 15. All of the Top 15 are actually songs from this week, but some of the honorable mentions are tracks from last week.

Recently we announced our new print issue, The ’90s Issue, featuring The Cardigans and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth on the covers. Buy it from us directly here.

In the past few weeks we posted interviews with the cast of The Bear, Tomer Capone of The Boys, Arab Strap, Sarah McLachlan, and others.

In the last week we reviewed some albums.

To help you sort through the multitude of fresh songs released in the last two weeks, we have picked the 15 best the last 14 days had to offer, followed by some honorable mentions. Check out the full list below.

1. Magdalena Bay: “Image”

This week, Los Angeles-based electro-pop duo Magdalena Bay (aka Mica Tenenbaum and Matthew Lewin) announced a new album, Imaginal Disk, and shared a new song from it, “Image,” via a music video. The album is due out August 23 via Mom + Pop.

Of “Image,” the band collectively say in a press release: “Close your eyes. Imagine a brand new, better you. Now wait 22 minutes. Now open your eyes. Meet your brand new image! Isn’t it amazing that the meat in our heads can do this?”

Imaginal Disk includes “Death & Romance,” a new song the band shared in May that was one of our Songs of the Week. Then they shared a sci-fi themed video for the song featuring UFOs, portals, and doppelgangers. Magdalena Bay also previously announced The Imaginal Mystery Tour, a U.S. tour this fall.

The press release describes the concepts of the “Death & Romance” and “Image” videos in greater detail: “Following the ‘Death & Romance’ video, which found True—played by the band’s Mica Tenenbaum—getting an “imaginal disk” upgrade inserted into her forehead, the ‘Image’ video goes back in time to the waiting room where True stood by for her first fitting. Although disk infomercials playing on the televisions initially get True excited, she’s thrown for a loop when the upgraded consciousness she signed up for is different than what she expected.”

Imaginal Disk is the band’s sophomore full-length album and follows 2023’s mini mix vol. 3, a surprise-released a seven-song EP and an accompanying short film that featured videos for every song. The EP’s “Wandering Eyes” made our Songs of the Week list.

In 2021, Magdalena Bay released their debut album, Mercurial World, which was one of our Top 100 Albums of 2021 and several songs from the album were featured on our Top 130 Songs of 2021 list. Then in 2022 they released a deluxe edition of the album that included several bonus tracks and remixes incorporated into the main tracklist of the original album, presenting a completely different listening experience.

Read our interview with Magdalena Bay on Mercurial World here. By Mark Redfern.

2. Cassandra Jenkins: “Aurora, IL”

Cassandra Jenkins has released a new album, My Light, My Destroyer, via Dead Oceans. Now that the album is out, we can include in Songs of the Week one of our favorite album tracks, “Aurora, IL,” which is partially inspired by William Shatner’s real life trip to space.

Now that the album is out, you can stream the whole thing here, as well as read our rave review of the album here.

Jenkins had this to add about the new album: “My Light, My Destroyer stems from a place of insatiable curiosity. If An Overview… showed me how to bend, My Light… helped me break open, with a magnifying glass and a telescope in tow. It is a product of frustration and discovery and a writing process that at times resembled scientific method. At times language failed, and I allowed music to step in to fill the gaps. I surrounded myself with everything I love, let myself feel invigorated and challenged by it, until I finally began to love something of my own creation.”

Previously Jenkins shared the album’s first single, “Only One,” via a music video. It was one of our Songs of the Week. Then she shared its second single, “Delphinium Blue,” via a self-directed music video. “Delphinium Blue” was #1 on our Songs of the Week list. She also announced some new North American tour dates. Then she shared its third single, “Petco,” via a self-directed music video. It was again one of our Songs of the Week.

My Light, My Destroyer follows Jenkins’ acclaimed 2021-released breakthrough album, An Overview on Phenomenal Nature, and its companion album, An Overview on (An Overview on Phenomenal Nature), released later in 2021. Both were released via Ba Da Bing.

In a press release announcing the new album, Jenkins says that An Overview on Phenomenal Nature was her “intended swan song,” that she was going to give up touring and releasing new music, but then was taken aback by the positive reception to that album and the attention it garnered her.

“I was channeling what I knew in that moment—feeling lost,” Jenkins says. “When that record came out, and people started to respond to what I had written, my plans to quit were foiled in the most unexpected, heartening, and generous way. Ready or not, it reinvigorated me.”

But when it came time to record a follow-up album, Jenkins initially had difficulty recreating the magic in the studio, saying that after two years of touring she was “running on fumes.”

“I was coming from a place of burn out and depletion, and in the months following the session, I struggled to accept that I didn’t like the record I had just made. It felt uninspired,” she explains, “so I started over.”

She abandoned the original sessions for the new album and with the help of producer, engineer, and mixer Andrew Lappin (L’Rain, Slauson Malone 1), Jenkins began My Light, My Destroyer anew.

“When we listened back in the control room that first day, I could see a space on my

record shelf start to open up, because the songs were finding their home in real time,” she says on the second attempt to record the album. “That spark informed the blueprint for the rest of the album, and its completion was propelled by a newfound momentum.”

The press release mentions Tom Petty, Annie Lennox, Neil Young, David Bowie’s final album Blackstar, David Berman, and albums in her “high school CD wallet” (Radiohead’s The Bends, The Breeders, PJ Harvey, and Pavement) as influences on My Light, My Destroyer. And the album also features a large number of collaborators, including: Palehound’s El Kempner, Hand Habits’ Meg Duffy, Isaac Eiger (formerly of Strange Ranger), Katie Von Schleicher, Zoë Brecher (Hushpuppy), Daniel McDowell (Amen Dunes), producer and instrumentalist Josh Kaufman (of Jenkins’ An Overview), producer Stephanie Marziano (Hayley Williams, Bartees Strange), and director/actor/journalist Hailey Benton Gates.

Returning home to New York City after being on the road for so long also inspired the album.

“I feel most energized when I’m out in the world, in the mix of things,” Jenkins says. “Coming back home to New York, being with my close friends and community, riding the subway, and going to live shows made me want to channel the palpable feeling of the electricity in a room full of people—I need to be fully immersed in my environment. New York City is endlessly stimulating, and I’m very impressionable.”

Jenkins was one of the artists who took part in our 20th anniversary Covers of Covers album, where she covered Animal Collective’s “It’s You.”

Read our 2021 interview with Jenkins, where she discusses An Overview on Phenomenal Nature. By Mark Redfern.

3. Cassandra Jenkins: “Clams Casino”

Today, Cassandra Jenkins also shared her new album’s fourth single, “Clams Casino,” via a self-directed music video.

Jenkins had this to say about the song in a press release: “‘Clams Casino’ is a nod to my last record [An Overview on Phenomenal Nature] and all the experiences that came with it—from writing in the aftermath of tragedy, to touring in my late grandmother’s Buick. I’m asking myself how I want to spend my days on earth, well aware that they’re numbered. Most of all, I’m laughing at myself, and all my dings and dents, knowing and asserting that I never laugh as hard as I do when I’m with the people I love.” By Mark Redfern.

4. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: “Le Risque”

Melbourne-based psych-rock group King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are releasing a new album, Flight b741, on August 8 via the band’s own p(doom) label. This week they shared its first single, “Le Risque,” via a music video that features the band at an airport and in an airplane hangar. The song is the vocal debut of drummer Michael Cavanagh.

Flight b741 is the prolific band’s 26th album. It was announced last week on their social media channels, but has now been confirmed via an official press release.

Last year the band released a new album, The Silver Cord, via KGLW. There were two versions of The Silver Cord, an extended one and a version with shorter tracks. The Silver Cord followed the elaborately titled PetroDragonic Apocalypse; or, Dawn of Eternal Night: An Annihilation of Planet Earth and the Beginning of Merciless Damnation, which also came out last year.

This time King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard wanted to make a “no concept” album. “We wanted to make something that was primal, instinctual, more ‘from the gut,’” says frontman Stu Mackenzie in a press release, “just people in a room, doing what feels right. We wanted to make something fun.”

Mackenzie adds: “This is our most collaborative record—the collaboration was occurring in the room, it was free, and everyone was bringing in songs and ideas. And we wanted to have as many lead vocalists as we could, and to pass the mic, like, ‘This is my part, my idea, I’m gonna sing it and then I’m gonna pass the mic along to you and you can do your thing.’ The whole record is built around that. We ended up doing a lot of backing vocals and extra recording, everyone in a room around a couple of microphones, just to give it that feel.”

That collaborative spirit also extended to the lyrics. “We had broad themes for every song, and for the bigger picture of the album as a whole,” says Mackenzie, “but once the mic was passed it was all up to the person who was singing. These songs weren’t written in isolation – someone would write their verse, sing it for the demo, and that would inspire the next person’s part. So we were riffing off each other. Lyrically, it’s all pretty introspective—we’re having a lot of fun, but we’re often singing about some pretty heavy shit, and probably hitting on some deeper, more universal themes than usual. It’s not a sci-fi record, it’s about life and stuff.”

Summing up Flight b741, Mackenzie says: “The record is like a really fun weekend with your mates, you know? Like, proper fun.” By Mark Redfern.

5. MEMORIALS: “Cut It Like a Diamond”

This week, MEMORIALS, which features members of Electrane and Wire, announced their debut album, Memorial Waterslides, and shared the new song, “Cut It Like a Diamond.” The album is due on October 4 via Fire.

MEMORIALS is the duo of Electrane’s Verity Susman and Wire’s Matthew Simms. Memorial Waterslides is a surrealist pop record which embodies the polarities of avant-garde and classic songwriting. The debut follows their three film soundtrack commissions: Women Against The Bomb, Tramps!, and Tramps! Pt. 2.

The duo had this to say in a press release: “We wrote ‘Cut It Like a Diamond’ around a bass line that’s doggedly determined to stay the same throughout, with folk harmonies, shifting drum grooves and angry saxophone squalls moving relentlessly over it. The song is underscored by a dark sense of despair—‘Can you hear the hum? Is there an end to loneliness?’—and has become a highlight to play live.” By Marina Malin.

6. Nilüfer Yanya: “Call It Love”

Nilüfer Yanya is releasing a new album, My Method Actor, on September 13 via Ninja Tune. This week she shared its third single, “Call It Love.” Yanya co-directed the song’s visualizer video with her sister Molly Daniel.

Yanya had this to say about the song in a press release: “It takes a certain kind of bravery to fully trust your instincts. It’s about allowing your calling to lead you, to let it guide you somewhere. Let that consume you and destroy you.”

The album features “Like I Say (I runaway),” a new song Yanya shared in April via a music video in which she is a runaway bride. Yanya’s sister, Molly Daniel, directed the video. “Like I Say (I runaway)” was #1 on our Songs of the Week list. When the album was announced, Yanya shared its almost title track “Method Actor.” It was also #1 on our Songs of the Week list.

My Method Actor is Yanya’s third album and follows her 2022 album, PAINLESS, and her 2019 debut album, Miss Universe, (both released on ATO).

Yanya worked on the album with her regular creative partner, Wilma Archer, in isolation. “This is the most intense album, in that respect,” Yanya said in a previous press release. “Because it’s only been us two. We didn’t let anyone else into the bubble.”

When writing this album, Yanya was grabbling with hitting her late 20s and dealing with the pressures of being an established musician. “For me, writing is definitely problem solving—in the way they say that dreaming is like problem solving,” she said. “You’re like, ‘Oh, that sounds good. That looks good. That makes sense.’ But you don’t really know why. You’re kind of using that part of your creative brain that doesn’t have to make sense.”

Yanya also announced some fall tour dates in North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe.

Read our in-depth interview with Yanya about PAINLESS here.

Read our rave review of the album here.

Yanya was also one of the artists on the cover of our 20th Anniversary print issue. By Mark Redfern.

7. W.H. Lung: “How to Walk”

This week, W.H. Lung announced a new album, Every Inch of Earth Pulsates, and shared its first single, “How to Walk.” The album is due out October 18 via Melodic.

The Manchester-based synth-pop group aimed to capture the energy of their live shows on their third album, Every Inch of Earth Pulsates. They enlisted Sheffield-based producer Ross Orton, who guitarist Tom Sharkett described as “the exact producer we needed.”

“Ross is the Sheffield Steve Albini,” added singer Joseph Evans. “He’s the king of not overthinking it and trusting the process of the art of recording songs.”

The album, a follow-up to 2019’s Incidental Music and 2021’s Vanities, is “meticulously composed, delicately layered and pristinely produced,” yet retains the band’s signature blend of dance, pop, and indie.

“The big difference with this record is its directness in every sense,” said Sharkett.

Lead single “How to Walk” embodies this new approach, designed specifically for live performance. “I can’t wait to play this live,” said Evans.

For Evans, live performance is the essence of music. “The reason I’m in a band is to play live music,” he said. “For me, music is live music. That’s what it’s for, to be played with people.” By Andy Von Pip.

8. Laura Marling: “Patterns”

This week, British folk singer/songwriter Laura Marling announced a new album, Patterns in Repeat, and has released the record’s first single, “Patterns.” Patterns in Repeat is due out on October 25 via Chrysalis/Partisan.

Patterns in Repeat is Marling’s eighth studio album in her solo career, which follows her pandemic release, 2020’s Song For Our Daughter. Her side project LUMP, released Animal in 2021.

Of the new record, Marling stated in a press release: “Over the course of nine months, I had happily prepared myself for the fact that my life as a songwriter would be put on hold while I adjusted to life as a new parent. How delighted then was I to discover that for the first few months of a baby’s life, you can bounce them in a bouncer and play guitar all day. For the first time in my life, I was able to gaze into another human’s eyes as I wrote. Of course, new parents feel like they discovered that feeling—one of the very finest that life has to offer, of looking into the eyes of your child and feeling the enormity of the picture as a whole, the enormity of a precarious life, celestial, fragile and extraordinary, taking its place among the comparatively banal constellation of a family. This banal constellation seems to have dominated the writing of Patterns in Repeat—the drama of the domestic sphere, the frail threads that bind a family together, the good intentions we hold onto for our progeny and the many and various ways they get lost in time. So much complexity in the banal, the caged, the everyday.

“Being as I am, 34 years old, now 15 years and 8 albums into a life in song, I am unable to escape the fact that each record has served as a time-stamped chapter of my life (though some have appeared more a premonition). Now, here we are, following a youth spent desperately trying to understand what it is to be a woman, I am at the brow of the hill, with an entirely new and enormous perspective surrounding me.”

On a Substack newsletter, Laura wrote: “Recently, I’ve been feeling the urge to talk about songwriting and my relationship to it—in a way to understand better myself—what is this thing that has been the central occupation of my adult life…”

Read our 2021 interview with LUMP.

Read our 2018 interview with LUMP.

Read our 2015 interview with Laura Marling.

Read our 2013 interview with Laura Marling. By Marina Malin.

9. Charly Bliss: “Waiting For You”

Charly Bliss are releasing a new album, FOREVER, on August 16 via Lucky Number. This week they shared its third single, “Waiting For You,” via a music video. Henry Kaplan directed the video.

Charly Bliss is Eva Hendricks, Sam Hendricks, Spencer Fox, and Dan Shure. Sam Hendricks co-produced the album with Jake Luppen (Hippo Campus) and Caleb Wright (Samia).

In a press release, Hendricks says “Waiting For You” is “a love song for my bandmates. While I was separated from Sam, Spencer, and Dan during the pandemic, I remember watching videos of us playing shows and thinking, ‘How could I have taken this for granted?’ I couldn’t see how beautiful everything really was and how lucky we were. It was agonizing to be apart for that long but helpful, because I don’t think I’ll ever let myself forget that again.”

Of the song’s video, Hendricks adds: “The room is full of personal little Charly Bliss Easter eggs. Sam’s daughter’s first school photo, a t-shirt I made with my best friend Amanda at the mall when we were eight years old, birthday cards, letters, and notes. It had to be personal to match how sentimental the lyrics are, and Henry and the whole team worked so hard to make that possible.”

Previously the band shared the album’s first single, “Nineteen,” via a music video. “Nineteen” was one of our Songs of the Week. Then they shared its second single, “Calling You Out,” via a music video. “Calling You Out” was also one of our Songs of the Week.

FOREVER follows their 2019 album, Young Enough, and 2019 EP, Supermoon. In 2023 the band released two new songs—“You Don’t Even Know Me Anymore” and “I Need a New Boyfriend” (which was one of our Songs of the Week and accompanied by a dating site)—neither of which are on the new album.

Young Enough was picked as our Album of the Week.

Check out our review of their Supermoon EP. By Mark Redfern.

10. OK Cowgirl: “Larry David”

This week, Brooklyn’s OK Cowgirl shared another single, “Larry David,” from their upcoming Couldn’t Save Us From My Gut debut LP. The song’s amusing video features the band styled like the famous writer/comedian of the song’s title. Couldn’t Save Us From My Gut due out on August 16 via Easy Does It.

Formed in 2018, OK Cowgirl is made up of Leah Lavigne (singer/songwriter), Jake Sabinksy (lead guitarist), John Miller (guitar and synth), Ryan Work (bassist), and Matt Birkenholz (drummer).

In a press release, frontwoman Leah Lavigne had this to say on the new sinlge: “We often begin rehearsal by sitting around and catching up as friends. One evening when everyone was having a particularly hard day our conversation ended with someone declaring ‘everything is fucked.’ I suggested that instead of jumping into running our set we blow off some steam by jamming. Jake started playing some chords, Matt locked in with a beat, and I jokingly screamed ‘everything is fucked,’ improvising the first verse until we broke down in laughter. We all agreed we had to write this song then and there.”

This single follows the release of album opener “Little Splinters.” By Marina Malin.

11. illuminati hotties: “Power”

The project of producer and engineer Sarah Tudzin, this week illuminati hotties released the title track, “Power,” from her upcoming new album, POWER. POWER is due out August 23 via Hopeless.

Of the new release, Tudzin had this to say in a press release: “‘Power’ is a reckoning with mortality. It was the song I avoided writing every time I sat down with a guitar until it finally fell out of me. In it I’m asking over and over, how am I supposed to participate in earthly existence after the passing of my mom, who so selflessly gave me her confidence, who instilled my power? There is no answer, and there is no sign.”

(Note: It seems that “Power” the song is styled lowercase whereas POWER the album title is styled uppercase.)

POWER includes the recent single “Didn’t” which was one of our Songs of the Week. The release before, “Can’t Be Still,” was also one of our Songs of the Week. The new album follows “Sandwich Sharer,” a new song Tudzin shared in 2022, and her 2021 album, Let Me Do One More, which was one of our Top 100 Albums of 2021.

Since her latest album release, Tudzin has produced and engineered records from boygenius, Weyes Blood, Speedy Ortiz, Cloud Nothings, and more.

Read our 2021 interview with illuminati hotties. By Marina Malin.

12. Michael Kiwanuka: “Floating Parade”

This week, British Singer Micheal Kiwanuka shared a new single, “Floating Parade,” which was first debuted during his set at Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage this year.

For “Floating Parade,” Kiwanuka collaborated with the production team of Danger Mouse and Inflo, which is the same formula as his past two records. “Floating Parade” is the first new release from Kiwanuka since his 2021 standalone track “Beautiful Life” that was made for “Covergence: Courage in a Crisis,” which is a Netflix documentary directed by Orlando von Einsiedel. “Beautiful Life” was one of our Songs of the Week. By Marina Malin.

13. Jon Hopkins: “RITUAL (palace)”

British electronic musician Jon Hopkins is releasing a new album, RITUAL, on August 30 via Domino. This week he shared another new song from it, “RITUAL (palace).”

Hopkins had this to say about the new single in a press release: “In 2022, I was commissioned to compose for a project called Dreamachine—a beautiful immersive experience created by a team of artists, scientists, and philosophers, which was experienced by tens of thousands of people throughout 2022 and beyond as it continues to tour. ‘RITUAL (palace)’ is an evolution of the music I composed for that project. I am so grateful to all those involved.”

Jennifer Crook, the Artistic Director of Dreamachine, had this to add: “Dreamachine is a multidisciplinary collaboration that engages audiences in a powerful new kind of collective experience. Jon’s original composition for Dreamachine provides the essential heartbeat to this cerebral journey, designed to build inner connection. RITUAL’s evolution of his composition builds beautifully on this unique collaboration, bringing this extraordinary music to an even wider audience.”

Hopkins previously shared its lead single, “RITUAL (evocation),” via a music video. It was one of our Songs of the Week.

RITUAL follows 2021’s Music For Psychedelic Therapy and is a single 41-minute piece spread over eight chapters.

Hopkins had this to say about the album in a previous press release: “I have no idea what I’m doing when I’m composing. I don’t know where it’s coming from, and I don’t know where it’s going, nor does it seem to matter. I just know when it is finished. So all I can really do is feel my way to the end, then try and retrospectively analyze what might be going on, and try and figure out what its purpose is. What is clear is that this one has the structure of a Ritual. I know what that Ritual is for me, but it will be something different for you. It feels important not to be prescriptive about what this Ritual actually is.

“It feels like a tool, maybe even a machine, for opening portals within your inner world, for unlocking things that are hidden and buried. Things that are held in place by the tension in your body. It doesn’t feel like ‘an album’ therefore—more a process to go through, something that works on you. At the same time, it feels like it tells a story. Maybe it’s the story of a process I’m going through, and one that we are all going through. Maybe it’s also the story of creation, destruction and transcendence. Maybe it’s the story of the archetypal hero’s journey—the journey of forgetting and remembering.

“Ultimately though, all I have to say about it is said by the sound.”

Read our 2019 interview with Hopkins here. By Mark Redfern.

14. Silverbacks: “Selling Shovels”

This week, Dublin post-punk six-piece Silverbacks resurfaced with their new single “Selling Shovels.” The single is out now via Central Tones / Cargo.

“Selling Shovels” is the band’s first release since their 2022 album Archive Material. Which follows their 2020 debut album, Fad, which came out on Central Tones. Archive Material included “Wear My Medals,” which was #1 on our Songs of the Week list.

In a press release, vocalist Daniel O’Kelly had this to say on “Selling Shovels”’ theme: “The idea for these lyrics came from a habit I have—maybe everyone does it? When reading a historical figure’s Wikipedia page I often lose interest and so I jump straight to the ‘personal life’ and ‘death’ part of the page to see how they died and the circumstances they were in at the time. The lyrics flicker between mundane distractions and fairly horrific images of war. Selling Shovels is a reference to ‘selling shovels during the gold rush.’”

Silverbacks’ complete lineup is Daniel O’Kelly (vocals/guitar), Kilian O’Kelly (guitar/vocals), Emma Hanlon (vocals/bass), Paul Leamy (bass), Peadar Kearney (guitar), and Gary Wickham (drums).

Read our 2020 The End interview with Silverbacks. By Marina Malin.

15. Personal Trainer: “Cyan”

Dutch band Personal Trainer are releasing a new album, Still Waiting, on August 2 via Bella Union. This week they shared its second single, “Cyan,” via a music video. The song features saxophone from Nick Bolland and vocal contributions from Dutch alt-pop singer Lena Hessels.

In the studio, Personal Trainer is mainly the project of frontman and bandleader Willem Smit, alongside co-producer/collaborator Casper van der Lans. But they fill out to a full band in a live setting.

Smit had this to say about the new song in a press release: “I had been working on ‘Cyan’ for a while and when I needed words, this song automatically turned into a love song. I was unsure about just openly declaring my love with this song, knowing it was going to end up on a record. It’s hard for me to put into words, which I guess is why I wrote a song and not an essay, but the conflict of me really caring about making music and feeling like I shouldn’t sing certain things is something I find interesting. I decided to write a song about this weird friction. With most of it, I was trying to make myself laugh or at least smile, and then I started to really like it. Somewhere along the process I found something like honesty or something beautiful in it. Lena intuitively changed the rhythm of the chorus ever so slightly which made it bounce a bit more. I took away a lot of my own vocals and replaced them with hers.”

Louis Cooper directed the “Cyan” video, which features portraits by Gracie Richmond. “I couldn’t think of anything better than unusual figures dancing, done in crude and awkward animation,” Cooper says. “Influenced by the works of Jim Blashfield and Michel Gondry, it was an attempt to make less of a visual collage and more of something that vaguely resembles the vintage charm of Captain Pugwash and Mr. Ben.”

Previously the band shared the album’s lead single, “Round,” via a music video.

Still Waiting is the followup to their 2022 debut, Big Love Blanket. The album in includes the band’s recent single, “Intangible.”

Smit had this to say about the album in a previous press release: “When I listen to the records I make, the main thing I hope is that every time something happens on them, you’re like, ‘Wow.’ I like to be taken by surprise like that on a record, to kind of be thrown around.” By Mark Redfern.

Honorable Mentions:

These songs almost made the Top 15.

The Bug Club: “Londsdale Slipons”

Will Butler + Sister Squares: “Burn It Away”

Cults: “Hung the Moon”

Field Music: “Six Weeks, Nine Wells”

Floating Points: “Key103”

Nubya Garcia: “Clarity”

Hamish Hawk: “Men Like Wire”

Christian Lee Hutson: “After Hours”

KAETO: “U R Mine”

Rosie Lowe: “In My Head”

Mercury Rev: “Ancient Love”

Meshell Ndegeocello: “Thus Sayeth The Lorde”

Kelly Lee Owens: “Love You Got”

Katy J Pearson: “Sky”

Public Service Broadcasting: “Electra”

Quivers: “Pink Smoke”

Dawn Richard and Spencer Zahn: “Breath Out”

Ty Segall: “The Dance (Edit)”

Bartees Strange: “Lie 95”

Moses Sumney: “Gold Coast”

Sunday (1994): “TV Car Chase”

Sunset Rubdown: “Reappearing Rat”

Thala: “don’t want u to die”

Toro y Moi: “Heaven” (Feat. Kevin Abstract and Lev)

Jessie Ware and Romy: “Lift You Up”

Wishy: “Sick Sweet”

Here’s a handy Spotify playlist featuring the Top 15 in order, followed by all the honorable mentions:

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