1) Blood Orange- I’m Sorry We Lied
The ever-creative Dev Hynes releases yet another brooding new-wave number from his seemingly indefatigable 'Costal Grooves' LP, and with the surf dashed 'I’m Sorry We Lied' comes a neon-lit short film featuring motorbikes and murder.
2) Two Wounded Birds- If Only We Remain
Another down-beat surf track you need to hear this week comes from Two Wounded Birds who too have produced some lusciously dark visuals to accompany this subdued lead single from their debut album, which is the best album release of the year so far.
3) Beach House- Lazuli
Sticking to their trademark hushed electronica, Beach House’s latest release is yet another piece of ethereal escapism from their highly acclaimed fourth album Bloom.
4) MS MR- Hurricane
Taking early PR tips from Summer Camp, New York twosome MS MR are keeping their identity cards close to their chests. When it comes to the video for their debut single, they are markedly following the DIY lead Lana Del Rey brought to the mainstream. Their on-edge, dark pop sound, however, is all their own and you can pick up a free download of 'Hurricane' from the band’s official site
5) Bobby Womack feat. Lana Del Rey- Dayglo Reflection
Speaking of Lana Del Rey, take a listen to her elegant vocals on this Bobby Womack track 'Dayglo Reflection', which is dominated by wandering piano lines and dictating drums, but also borrows the cinematic strings so beloved of Ms Del Rey, which her voice glides over with ease.
Words: Kate Allen