This week’s newsletter looks at new music from The 1975 and Taylor Swift, as well as offering some first impressions on the upcoming album from Tiger Army. There’s also some thoughts on a few other records, as well as my weekly media diet rundown, and a playlist of ten songs I loved this week. This week’s supporter Q&A post can be found here.
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I’ve interviewed Noah Gundersen two times in the past and both conversations centered around his restlessness concerning his art. The first time I spoke with him, ahead of the release of 2015’s Carry the Ghost, he told me how his debut album, the previous year’s folk-steeped Ledges, no longer reflected who he was or the music he wanted to make. In 2017, when we chatted about his audacious, adventurous third LP White Noise, it was the songs from the spiritually fraught Ghost that he was ready to move on from. “I just think I’m perpetually dissatisfied, which can be really frustrating,” he said. “But it also drives my creativity and my desire to do better and to make things that are better than what I’ve made in the past.”
On his fourth record, titled Lover (and released on the same day as an album by Taylor Swift that shares the exact same name), Gundersen seems perhaps more comfortable with letting his restlessness slide than he ever has before. The collection is at once both unique from everything he’s ever made previously and packed with songs that call back to previous moments from his catalog. There are raw acoustic songs that feel ripped from the cloth of the traditionally-hewn Ledges. Lead single “Robin Williams,” with its fractious electric guitar chords, plays like a twin to Carry the Ghost’s first single and lead-off track “Slow Dancer.” “Out of Time” initiates flashbacks to the Radiohead influences that blossomed all over White Noise. The entire Noah Gundersen toolkit, it seems, is fair game on this album.
Pooch, the sophomore LP by Convenient, Trash, has only been out a little over a year, but the Lansing, MI, indie rock troupe are already back with a new single, which we’re excited to premiere for you today. “Lylas House” is the lead single from the band’s upcoming N*VY BLUE, due out September 6th via We’re Trying Records. It’s a good taste of the album – catchy enough to sing along to, but unpolished enough to still feel raw.
It’s the kind of song that would be all over those “best songs of the emo revival” lists half a decade ago. If that sounds appealing to you, be sure to preorder N*VY BLUE, and stream the song below.
The Dirty Nil have dropped the fourth installment in a series of cover sets, available on all streaming platforms today. You’re Welcome IV features covers of Big Star’s “September Gurls” and Harry Neilson’s “Without You.”
The National’s live film and EP, I Am Easy To Find, Live From New York’s Beacon Theatre, is out now exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
Walk the Moon have shared the new song “Lose You Again.”
Jimmy Eat World have released some new merch to their store. (Now, how about an album announcement?)
Waterparks have released a video for “Dream Boy.”
A new Tom Waits tribute album has been announced featuring Aimee Mann, Phoebe Bridgers, and more. The full track listing can be found below. The album is out on November 22nd.
Ben Platt has released the new single “Rain.”
Atreyuhave shared a new video for “Generation.”
Blink-182 have officially shared their mashup of “What’s My Age Again?” with Lil Wayne to streaming services. They’ve also posted up a limited edition t-shirt of the collaboration.
Charli XCX has shared the new song “Miss U.”
Ben Folds is on the latest episode of the Kyle Meredith With… podcast.
Today we see two Lovers being released, one by Noah Gundersen and one by Taylor Swift. If you hit read more you can see all the releases we have in our calendar for the week. Hit the quote bubble to access our forums and talk about what came out today, what albums you picked up, and to make mention of anything we may have missed.
Lana Del Rey has released a joint video for “Fuck It I Love You” and “The Greatest.”
Taylor Swift has released a video for “Lover.”