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12 Best Songs of Week: Cate Le Bon, Imarhan, Elbow, Snail Mail, and More

Plus Laetitia Sadier, Michael Kiwanuka, HARD FEELINGS, Hamilton Leithauser and Kevin Morby, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 15, 2021

Welcome to the 39th Songs of the Week of 2021. It was a blockbuster week for new songs, although the week’s biggest song (Adele’s “Easy On Me”) didn’t make the list. But “Easy On Me” did set the all-time record for biggest single day streams for a song in Spotify history, so Adele will be fine. This week we have a supersized Top 12 and a solid honorable mentions list. More

Hayden Thorpe Shares Video for New Song “Golden Ratio”

Moondust For My Diamond Due Out This Friday via Domino

Oct 12, 2021

Hayden Thorpe, former singer for British art-rockers Wild Beasts, is releasing a new album, Moondust For My Diamond, this Friday via Domino. Now he has shared its fourth and final pre-release single, “Golden Ratio,” via a charming video featuring a message attached to a red heart-shaped balloon that travels around the English countryside. More

12 Best Songs of Week: Low, Circuit des Yeux, Mac McCaughan, Yard Act, and More

Plus Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine, Field Music, Colleen Green, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 10, 2021

Welcome to the 34th Songs of the Week of 2021. There were a whole lot of new songs this week, even though Monday was a holiday (Labor Day) here in the U.S. We narrowed it down to 12 favorites this week, with lots of good honorable mentions too. More

Hayden Thorpe Shares Video for New Song “Metafeeling”

Moondust For My Diamond Due Out October 15 via Domino

Sep 07, 2021

Hayden Thorpe, former singer for British art-rockers Wild Beasts, has shared a video for his new song “Metafeeling.” It is the latest single release from his forthcoming album Moondust For My Diamond, which will be out on October 15 via Domino. More

12 Best Songs of the Last Two Weeks: Magdalena Bay, Sea Power, Nation of Language, and More

Plus Big Thief, Trace Mountains, Macie Stewart, and a Wrap-up of the Last Two Weeks’ Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 13, 2021

Welcome to the 30th Songs of the Week of 2021. As I was on vacation last week, this week’s list covers the last two week’s worth of songs. So it’s a super-sized edition with a Top 12. More

Hayden Thorpe Shares Video for New Song “Parallel Kingdom”

Moondust For My Diamond Due Out October 15 on Domino

Aug 03, 2021

Hayden Thorpe, former singer for British art-rockers Wild Beasts, has shared a video for a new song titled “Parallel Kingdom.” It is the second single from his forthcoming album Moondust For My Diamond, due out on October 15 via Domino. The video was shot at Swinside Stone Castle in Thorpe’s homeland The Lake District. More

11 Best Songs of the Week: Courtney Barnett, The Goon Sax, Strand of Oaks, Damon Albarn, and More

Plus Nation of Language, Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 09, 2021

Welcome to the 26th Songs of the Week of 2021. The American music industry pretty took Monday off due to Sunday’s July 4th holiday, so we expected slimmer pickings this week. It was not to be, thanks for some exciting album announcements. We settled on a Top 11 this week. More

Jul 06, 2021

Hayden Thorpe, formerly the singer for British art-rockers Wild Beasts, has announced a new solo album, Moondust For My Diamond, and shared its first single, “The Universe Is Always Right,” via a video for it. More

8 Best Songs of the Week: Fleet Foxes, Loma, Tim Heidecker and Weyes Blood, and More

Plus Bruce Springsteen, Tunng, Hayden Thorpe, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 25, 2020

Welcome to the 38th Songs of the Week of 2020. This was the week where those on the left mourned the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and worried about the future of the Supreme Court, as her dying wish to have her replacement be appointed by the next president was ignored by hypocritical Republicans who blocked President Obama’s Supreme Court pick because it was an election year. Meanwhile America reached the sad milestone of 200,000 COVID-19 deaths, there was no justice for Breonna Taylor, and President Trump strongly suggested that he may not leave office peacefully if Biden wins. More

Hayden Thorpe Announces New EP, Shares New Song “Blue Crow”

Aerial Songs Due Out October 16 via Domino

Sep 25, 2020

Hayden Thorpe, formerly the singer for British art-rockers Wild Beasts, has announced a new EP, Aerial Songs, and shared its first single, “Blue Crow.” More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, I LIKE TRAINS, NZCA LINES, and More

Plus Jenny O., I Break Horses, Cut Copy, Westerman, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

May 08, 2020

Welcome to the eighteenth Songs of the Week of 2020. It’s another week under quarantine, the same as the last week. There were more ridiculous politics and it still seems like the health of the economy is being put before the health of the people, with premature calls to scale back social distancing and reopen everything while COVID-19 still spreads. We’ll see how that works out. More

May 08, 2020

Hayden Thorpe, formerly the singer for British art-rockers Wild Beasts, and Hot Chip founding member Joe Goddard have teamed up for a new single, “Unknown Song.” More

Under the Radar Announces My Favorite Album Issue with Angel Olsen and Sleater-Kinney Covers

Issue 66 Features Musicians and Actors on Their All-Time Favorite Albums, including Tegan and Sara, Wilco, Weyes Blood, Sigur Rós, Fred Armisen, Topher Grace, Jay Baruchel, Low, and more

Sep 27, 2019

Under the Radar is excited to announce the My Favorite Album Issue, our new print issue in which we speak to musicians and actors about their all-time favorite album. The issue features Angel Olsen and Sleater-Kinney on the two covers and is available to buy directly from us here, as well as being distributed in stores nationwide (on newsstands, in such stores as Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million, and elsewhere). More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Angel Olsen, Hayden Thorpe, Dry Cleaning, R.E.M., and More

Plus Water From Your Eyes, Holy Fuck, Moon Duo, Tindersticks, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 13, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. We knew this week’s #1 song would be our #1 the moment we heard it. It might be the #1 Song of the Year even, we’ll see. More

Sep 12, 2019

Hayden Thorpe, formerly the singer for British art-rockers Wild Beasts, released his debut solo album, Diviner, back in May via Domino. Now he has shared a brand new song, “Full Beam,” that was recorded during the sessions for Diviner but didn’t make the final tracklist. More

8 Best Songs of the Week: Yumi Zouma, Hayden Thorpe, Cate Le Bon, Flying Lotus, and More

Plus Ezra Furman, Cherry Glazerr, Bill Callahan, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

May 24, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. Last week we only had a Top 7 instead of our usual Top 10 and this week it’s only a little better with a Top 8. More

Album of the Week: Cate Le Bon

Hayden Thorpe Is the Runner-up (Plus Stream New Albums from Flying Lotus, Mavis Staples, Black Mountain, Morrissey, and More)

May 24, 2019

Welsh singer/songwriter/guitarist Cate Le Bon has released a new album, Reward, today via Mexican Summer and it’s our Album of the Week. Find more info on the album here, as well as on a strong runner-up that was almost our Album of the Week, Hayden Thorpe‘s Diviner. Plus there are streams of other notable albums released today. More

May 24, 2019

Hayden Thorpe, formerly the singer for British art-rockers Wild Beasts, has released his debut solo album, Diviner, today via Domino. Now that the album is out, you can stream the whole thing here. More

May 20, 2019

Hayden Thorpe, formerly the singer for British art-rockers Wild Beasts, is releasing his debut solo album, Diviner, this Friday (May 24) via Domino. Now he has shared another song from it, “Earthly Needs,” a track built around a hypnotic beat and Thorpe’s distinctive emotive vocals. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Black Belt Eagle Scout, Hayden Thorpe, Aldous Harding, and More

Plus Tame Impala, Amason, Wand, Clinic, Mark Ronson and Lykke Li, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Apr 12, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. We were a bit indecisive this week. There were lots of new tracks to sort through and lots of good ones, but none that immediately screamed #1 Song of the Week. But then we realized there was actually a clear winner after-all. More

Apr 09, 2019

Hayden Thorpe, formerly the singer for British art-rockers Wild Beasts, has announced his debut solo album, Diviner, and has shared a new song from it, “Love Crimes,” via a video for the track. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Strand of Oaks, Alex Lahey, Chromatics, Hayden Thorpe, and More

Plus Ioanna Gika, Murray A. Lightburn, Amanda Palmer, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Feb 22, 2019

There were many strong contenders for this week’s Songs of the Week. We could’ve gone as high as a Top 15 instead of the regular Top 10 and as it is there are a whopping 11 honorable mentions, with some good tracks that also almost made the honorable mention list to. More

Feb 21, 2019

In 2017 British art-rockers Wild Beasts announced their breakup in a typed up statement, signed by the band and posted to Instagram. More



Interviews

My Firsts: Hayden Thorpe

Sour Milk and Fish Glue

Oct 15, 2021

My Firsts is our email interview series where we ask musicians to tell us about their first life experiences, be it early childhood ones (first word, first concert, etc.) or their first tastes of being a musician (first band, first tour, etc.). For this My Firsts we talk to Hayden Thorpe. More

My Favorite Album: Hayden Thorpe on Leonard Cohen’s “The Best of Leonard Cohen”

“Leonard Cohen songs can be so minimal they’re almost concept songs. All the orchestration and grandeur within the soundscape is actually a construction of your m

Jul 08, 2020

The reason I chose this record was because when I was in New York I saw his exhibition at the Jewish Museum. Which is just a genius installation. Within that was a series of around 300 self-portraits. I don’t think he started making self-portraits until the last 20 years of his life. More

Jul 19, 2019

As the singer, songwriter and guitarist in Wild Beasts for 15 years, Hayden Thorpe was responsible for some of the most unique, captivating and ultimately timeless music created this century. After the band split-up in the early part of last year, Thorpe has been the first of its four members to re-emerge with new music. More

Jun 07, 2019

For our recurring Self-Portrait feature we ask a musician to take a self-portrait photo (or paint/draw a self-portrait) and write a list of personal things about themselves, things that their fans might not already know about them. This Self-Portrait is by Hayden Thorpe. More


Reviews

Jul 17, 2019

There is merit to Hayden Thorpe’s solo Diviner but one has to be in the mood for his fey vocals and sullen disposition to return for any repeated listening. Fans of his former band, Wild Beasts, are probably most appreciative of the ex-frontman’s first effort since the Mercury-nominated art-rockers announced their breakup in 2017. More