Check out new tunes from LCD Soundsystem, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, Ty Dolla $ign, and more
Every Friday, artists drop anticipated albums, surprise singles, and hyped collaborations. As part of New Music Friday, EW’s music team chooses some of the essential new tunes. From LCD Soundsystem’s long-gestating comeback album to the first collaborative track from Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, here are the week’s most noteworthy releases. Got Spotify? Stream all of EW’s picks by following our playlist (embedded below) for this week.
LCD Soundsystem, American Dream
The legendary dance-punk group’s first album since calling it “quits” in 2011 is both a revival and a revelation. Writes EW’s Leah Greenblatt in an A- review: “As gratifyingly familiar as much of American Dream will be to longtime fans, it also feels like exactly the album 2017 needs — urgent, angry, achingly self-aware.” Read more about LCD’s long-awaited fourth studio album here. —Eric Renner Brown
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, “Over Everything”
The first taste from the upcoming collaborative album between indie-rockers Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile succeeds where so many buzzy creative unions fail. Combining the former’s hyper-specific lyricism and the latter’s Mobius-like guitar melodies, “Over Everything” remains low-stakes while exhibiting what fans love about both artists. —E.R.B.
Ty Dolla $ign feat. Damian Marley and Skrillex, “So Am I”
Crooner Ty Dolla $ign is seemingly omnipresent as a featured artist — he’s guested on songs by artists from Rick Ross to Zara Larsson this year — but later this year he’ll release his anticipated second studio album, Beach House 3. On “So Am I,” he merges tropical and electro vibes thanks to production work from Skrillex and a cameo from the resurgent Damian Marley. —E.R.B.
Maroon 5 feat. SZA, “What Lovers Do”
The pop-rockers continue to be unexpected fans of the Top Dawg Entertainment crew. After featuring Kendrick Lamar on last year’s “Don’t Wanna Know,” Maroon 5 have recruited his labelmate, rising R&B luminary SZA, for “What Lovers Do.” The track is by-the-books Maroon 5, but SZA’s charismatic charm adds an enticing dimension. —E.R.B.
Joan Osborne, Songs of Bob Dylan
The beloved singer-songwriter devoted her new LP entirely to recent Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan. She takes favorites like “Buckets of Rain,” “Spanish Harlem Incident,” and “Tangled Up in Blue,” whirrs them through her own perspective, and spits out gorgeous, swirling statements and reinventions. “I tried to educate myself about who are the great writers,” Osborne told EW. “He’s obviously one of the first ones that always comes up. I started to dig into his records and learn more about him, just to give myself a musical education.” —Madison Vain
DJDS feat. Empress Of and Khalid, “Why Don’t You Come On”
The latest single from production duo DJDS — who worked on multiple songs off Kanye West’s 2016 album The Life of Pablo — brings together Empress Of and Khalid for a buoyant electro-pop banger that showcases all three artists at their best. —E.R.B.
Father John Misty, “Things It Would’ve Been Helpful To Know Before the Revolution (The Haxan Cloak remix)”
This highlight from the eccentric troubadour‘s third album, Pure Comedy, was always lyrically discomforting — but stripped of its pop-rock lilt, its downright dystopian. Experimental producer the Haxan Cloak gives the song an instrumental spin that’s both troubling and intriguing. —E.R.B.
The Nashville pop-punks stunned with their 2015 debut Feels Like, which fused bubblegum earworms with singer Alicia Bognanno’s whirlwind howl. On “Running,” a brooding early sample of their sophomore album Losing, the band takes down the tempo a bit, but without losing any of their kinetic energy. —E.R.B.
Alex Lahey, “Lotto in Reverse”
Combining Best Coast-style beach rock and vocal snarls recalling Australian peer Courtney Barnett, Alex Lahey’s latest single off her upcoming full-length debut is a moody gem that leans deliciously darker in both sound and lyrics — “I wish I’d known you didn’t want me back the same / You’re so f—ked up anyway,” she sings — than her solid 2016 EP, B-Grade University, without losing Lahey’s pop heart. Revisit EW’s Breaking Big about Lahey to learn more about her. —Ariana Bacle
Madeline Kenney, Night Night At The First Landing
Released on Toro Y Moi’s Company Records, the singer-songwriter’s gorgeous debut album layers guitars on guitars for an enveloping indie-rock sprawl. Night Night also impresses lyrically: “My favorite thing, lyrically, to deal with is the line between funny and serious,” Kenney told EW, “because most of the time I’m talking about something serious, but I want to find a way to crack a joke about it. When it comes down to it, that’s all we have.” Read EW’s Breaking Big about Kenney here. —E.R.B.
Motörhead, Under Cöver
Motörhead were never known for their versatility, so a covers album from the group — appropriately titled Under Cöver — is a sharp turn. Nothing here registers as much of a surprise: Many of the selections come from Motörhead’s peers, like the Ramones and Judas Priest. But there are two Rolling Stones covers (“Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Sympathy for the Devil”) and, perhaps most unexpectedly, a version of David Bowie’s “Heroes.” Hearing the dearly departed Lemmy Kilmister snarl his way through the Bowie warhorse is oddly touching; after all, both of them achieved the song’s titular ambition, for considerably more than just one day. —Alex Heigl
Alex Cameron, “Runnin’ Outta Luck”
Killers frontman Brandon Flowers co-wrote and sings on “Runnin’ Outta Luck,” set to appear on Cameron’s second album, Forced Witness, which arrives Sept. 8. It’s clear why Flowers, along with Angel Olsen and Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado, have been drawn to the rising singer-songwriter: His nostalgic brand of synth-rock honors the past while remaining fresh. “Runnin’ Outta Luck” has that anthemic quality that sets so many Killers songs apart, and Cameron’s delivery makes it one of his best tunes yet. —E.R.B.
The Babe Rainbow, The Babe Rainbow
Danger Mouse has slowly built up a stellar roster at his burgeoning 30th Century Records, and Aussie group the Babe Rainbow are among the finest artists on the label. Their fantastic debut album, out internationally today, compiles folk and psych-rock influences for one of the greatest ’60s homages in recent years. And while much of the LP recalls recent acts like Foxygen, it’s not all a hippie retread — “Monky Disco” shimmies like Jimi Hendrix jamming with LCD Soundsystem. —E.R.B.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Echo of Pleasure
The ’80s-inspired New York band’s latest has everything you’d expect (and want!) from a Pains of Being Pure at Heart record: dreamy love songs (“My Only”), glistening dance tracks (“When I Dance With You”), and plenty of synths. It’s romantic and big and open, a throwback to Cure-era new wave paying homage to the vulnerability — and joy — that comes along with love. —A.B.
Listen to a playlist of the tracks from this week’s New Music Friday above.