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Five Best Songs of the Week: alt-J, EMA, Kirin J Callinan, Washed Out, and Ride

Plus a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

May 26, 2017 James Chance Bookmark and Share

To help you sort through the multitude of new songs released in the last seven days, we have picked the five best. Below that we have also highlighted other notable new tracks shared this week. This week was light on exciting new songs, likely due to the impending long Memorial Day holiday weekend, but there were still pleasures to be found.

1. alt-J: “Adeline”

Alt-J are releasing their third album, Relaxer, on June 2 via Canvasback Music. This week they shared another song from it, the haunting slow-burner “Adeline.” It may not even be the best song on Relaxer, that crown probably still goes to album opener “3WW,” which featured the vocals of Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice. But in a slow holiday week, “Adeline” was the most sublime new track in the last seven days.

Previously they also shared a video for “3WW,” and “In Cold Blood,” which sounded like something that could have easily been found on the band’s Mercury Prize-winning debut album from 2012, An Awesome Wave, as well as a video for “In Cold Blood.” They have also launched a web game on their website and stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform “In Cold Blood” with The Roots.

Pick up or download Under the Radar‘s current print issue, the Spring 2017 issue, to read our new interview with alt-J on Relaxer.

2. EMA: “Breathalyzer”

Singer/songwriter/guitarist EMA (aka Erika M. Anderson) is releasing a new album, Exile in the Outer Ring, on August 25 via City Slang. Previously she shared a lyric video for its first single, “Aryan Nation.” This week the often-political musician shared another song from the album, “Breathalyzer,” via its video. The clip centers around a couple being driven around town at night, seemingly to score some drugs. Anderson cameos as a dealer of sorts. Alicia Gordon directed the video, which you can watch below.

3. Kirin J Callinan: “Down 2 Hang” (Feat. James Chance)

Australian experimental musician Kirin J Callinan is releasing a new album, Bravado, on June 9 via Terrible Records. Previously he shared the slightly NSFW and highly amusing Cuba-shot video for “S.A.D.” (which stands for “Song About Drugs”). He also shared the album’s title track and a funny mockumentary video for Bravado track “Telling Me This.” This week he shared two more songs from the album, “Down 2 Hang,” which features James Chance, and “Living Each Day,” which features Connan Mockasin. The former was the superior song and is mainly a list of things “down to hang” and features the lyric: “Like Jesus, she is down to hang.”

4. Washed Out: “Get Out”

The last album by Washed Out (aka Ernest Greene) was 2013’s Paracosm, but this week he shared a new song, “Get Lost.” Right now it’s just a standalone single, no new album has been announced, but he does have some tour dates in July. Harvey Benschoter directed the song’s colorful video, which is an animated collage of old advertising images and can be watched below.

5. Ride: “All I Want (GLOK Remix)”

British shoegazing icons Ride reformed in 2014 and have been touring, and are releasing a new album, Weather Diaries, on June 16 via Wichita. Previously they shared its first two singles (and their first new songs in 21 years), the straight up rocker “Charm Assault” and the dreamier “Home Is a Feeling.” They also shared a video for “Charm Assault” that was co-directed by Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman Anton Newcombe, along with Jean de Oliveira, and another song from the album, “All I Want.” This week they shared a new remix of “All I Want” by GLOK, which is actually Ride’s own Andy Bell. He stretches the song to the 10-minute mark, for a more expansive and electronic take on the political song.

Other notable new songs this week include:

The Charlatans - “Plastic Machinery (Sleaford Mods Remix)”

Kirin J Callinan: “Living Each Day” (Feat. Connan Mockasin)

The Orielles: “I Only Bought It For The Bottle”

Shabazz Palaces: “Since C.A.Y.A. (Feat. Thundercat)”

Sia: “To Be Human (Feat. Labrinth)”

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June 9th 2017

They have very cool videos, thank you for writing such an extensive article, I have watched everything and are very happy about it! places to eat near me