- Declan McKenna – “The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home”
Take some time to listen to one of the UK brightest young stars. “Brazil” was a breakout single for 2016, and “The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home” showcases Declan McKenna’s knack for nostalgic guitar riffs and melodies meant for today’s listeners. We have a feeling that he’s definitely one to watch.
- Spoon – “Can I Sit Next To You”
Spoon is absolutely grooving on the sexy and fun “Can I Sit Next To You”. It’s the band’s second single off of their upcoming ninth album Hot Thoughts, out March 17, and they seem to have their eyes set on the dance floor.
- King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – “Sleep Drifter”
Fantastically absurd band name aside, King Gizzard are making some serious psych rock that demands to be noticed. While they plan on releasing five (!) albums this year alone, “Sleep Drifter” is off of their first album of 2017 Flying Microtonal Banana, out now.
- Ride – “Charm Assault”
After a 20 year hiatus, UK shoegaze legends are making a much-welcomed triumphant return. On “Charm Assault”, Ride sounds more energized than ever before, while their equally stunning second new release “Home Is A Feeling” sounds more like classic reverby Ride. No album announcement yet, but we can expect a summer release.
- Lana Del Rey – “Love”
The queen of noir pop springs back into the music scene with this romantically cinematic ballad. While Lana Del Rey has gone more and more moody and introspective with each album, she says this upcoming album is for her fans. “Love” is a bright and glowing tune that finds her at her most hopeful.
- Laura Marling – “Next Time”
Every offering thus far from her upcoming album Semper Femina has been spectacularly intimate, and “Next Time” is no exception. A song about feeling trapped by mistakes, Marling promises to do better next time on this emotionally tinged track. If you’re a long time fan of Marling, you’ll appreciate this track as it harkens back to the sounds of her older material.
- Middle Kids – “Edge of Town”
This three-piece band from Sydney, Australia is fresh onto the music scene. They’re making indie rock that is both immediate and affecting, and frontwoman Hannah Joy has got some great pipes on her. They’re touring their debut EP with Cold War Kids this year, as well as playing a few headlining shows along the way.
- Animal Collective – “Kinda Bonkers”
Animal Collective have released a new song, and it’s “Kinda Bonkers”, literally. This comes off of The Painters EP, a companion to their 2016 full length Painting With. It’s as complex and experimental as you’d expect with Animal Collective, but it’s also a surprisingly refreshing offering from the iconic Baltimore band.
- Lorde – “Green Light”
Lorde is absolutely radiant on her much anticipated new single, “Green Light”. This euphoric rocker documents the experience of her first big heartbreak and the silly things she would find comfort in. This happy-sad song is ultimately uplifting and shows major growth and a new post-Pure Heroine maturity. Her sophomore album, Melodrama, doesn’t have a release date yet, but is certainly one of 2017’s most anticipated records.