Swedish folk-singing duo First Aid Kit are poised to officially release their third album The Lion's Roar next week on Jan. 24, but iTunes has already got the digital copy of it available for download now, including this little gem called "Emmylou." Featuring some truly gorgeous slide guitar and vocal harmonies, its hard to believe such earthy, American music can sound so beautiful coming from a pair born and raised on the other side of the Atlantic. The Lion's Roar certainly has a good pedigree backing it up, featuring Mike Mogis on producing duties, as well as a song called "King of the World" that includes help from Conor Oberst and Theh Felice Brothers.
Big Black Delta
Premiere: Big Black Delta Mixtape
Jan 16, 2012
We’re quite taken with “Pleased to Meet You” artist Big Black Delta’s blend of romanticism and ear-shattering electronics. Of course, leadman Jonathan Bates (who live is joined by not one, but two drummers) also has a softer side—as evidenced by this mixtape he sent over to premiere Under the Radar. Judging by the clouds outside our office window, today could be a perfect time to take a listen.
Says Bates about the project; “Rain is rare in Los Angeles, so when the occasion arises, it’s good to have a moody set of songs. These are some of my favorite ones to zone out to. Get your pull.”
As she prepares to release her second solo album, London singer/songwriter Rose Elinor Dougall has decided to release a new EP free of charge. Entitled The Distractions EP the three-track set features demo songs recorded shortly after the release of her 2010 debut Without Why. Listeners can listen below and download it for keep if they feel so inclined.
This morning comes a track called "Les Plus Beaux" by François Marry and his band The Atlas Mountains. Back in 2003 this native Frenchman relocated to the UK for a teaching position, only to find himself thrust into the music scene of Bristol. Making friends with the likes of Camera Obscura, the recent signee to Domino is poised to release his new record entitled E Volo Love in the U.S. on Feb. 14. Aside from the fact that it's being sung in a foreign language, it's easy to tell that "Les Plus Beaux" is channeling a number of Afro-pop influences. Mixed by Tinariwen's Jean-Paul Romann, the song breezes by with Graceland inflection.
After self-releasing their first collection of songs Low EP in the form of a CDR inside a handmade fanzine, complete with artwork by the actual band members, London's (aptly named) Fanzine have been garnering a fair amount of favorable buzz in the rankings of 2012's up-and-coming artists. Today, Under the Radar is proud to premiere the fuzzed out rock group's new track "Dream of You." Having already toured with the likes of Yuck, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Cults, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Fanzine are scheduled to play their first ever U.S. shows at this year's SXSW, with their debut album scheduled for release later this year.
There's definitely some promise with Brooklyn's My Best Fiend if this single "Cracking Eggs" is any indication. Crafted by duo Kris Lindblae and Fred Coldwell, this band's full-length debut, entitled, In Ghostlike Fading, is scheduled for release on Feb. 21 via Warp Records. Between its swelling crescendo, the wailing line about being "the thirstiest fish in the sea," and explosive finale, these guys are a welcome addition to the New York scene.
The Magnetic Fields
"Andrew in Drag"
Leading up the band's tenth album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea, The Magnetic Fields have unveiled the first taste of things to come with the record's first single, "Andrew in Drag." As promised, the track features plenty of the band's return to more synth/acoustic-based juxtaposition. While you give it a listen below, remember that the new album will be out March 6 via Merge.
"Unless You Speak From Your Heart"
Leading up to the release of his proper full-length debut Strange Weekend, Porcelain Raft has unveiled a new track to follow-up the stellar "Put Me to Sleep." The new song, "Unless You Speak From Your Heart" is the kind of woozy, dream-pop gem that quite honestly channels the late career beauty of John Lennon. Give it a listen below. Strange Weekend is out on Secretly Canadian on Jan. 24.