Florence and the Machine have returned with a brand new single called “Sky Full of Song.” It had previously been teased to be released on Record Store Day (April 21) but dropped on the internet early today. Florence Welch said of the song: “This was a song that just fell out of the sky fully formed. Sometimes when you are performing you get so high, it’s hard to know how to come down. There is this feeling of being cracked open, rushing endlessly outwards and upwards, and wanting somebody to hold you still, bring you back to yourself. It’s an incredible, celestial, but somehow lonely feeling.” The song comes with a sparse, black & white video by AG Roja that stars Welch. The band is expected to release a new album sometime this year but no release date or album title have been announced. [ NME ]
Folk chanteuse Laura Marling and Tunng’s Mike Lindsay are teaming up to create a new band called LUMP. Today, they announced their upcoming self-titled debut album and shared its first single, “Curse of the Contemporary.” It also comes accompanied by a video directed by Esteban Diacono, which stars a fuzzy monster-like character, also called LUMP, who is also featured on the album cover. Marling and Lindsay met at a Neil Young concert, who Marling was opening for in June 2016, discovering that they were mutual fans of each other's work. LUMP is out June 1 via Dead Oceans. [ Under the Radar ]
German producer DJ Koze has shared the third track from his forthcoming album Knock, Knock. Titled “Pick Up,” the song follows “Seeing Aliens” and the Róisín Murphy-featuring “Illumination.” The new single is a groovy disco track that samples Melba Moore’s “Pick Me Up, I’ll Dance” and Gladys Knight & the Pips’ “Neither One Of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye).” Knock, Knock will be chock-full of big-name features including Bon Iver, José González, and Lambchop frontman Kurt Wagner. The single comes with a humorous and simple caption video. Knock, Knock is due out May 4 on Pampa Records. [ Stereogum ]
Los Angeles trio Cherry Glazerr have followed up last year’s Apocalypstick with a new single called “Juicy Socks.” The slinky song comes with a video directed by Jessica Nicole Collins that sees the band on a neon-lit party bus. Frontwoman Clementine Creevy says of the song: “‘Juicy Socks’ is about vocalization. Using one’s voice as a strong weapon and needing to be heard in order to not feel like shit. Oh also, it’s about wanting to smash Donald Trump’s orange fuckin’ head into a brick wall!” With lyrics like, “I don’t want nobody hurt / But I made an exception with him,” it sure seems probable that it could be about Trump. [ Consequence of Sound ]
The eternally mysterious Frank Ocean has posted yet another (semi-confusing) hint about a forthcoming album via his Tumblr. The post features a person wearing a baseball cap that says, "If you liked 2017, you'll love 2018" (which feels comical because we're pretty sure no one liked 2017). The pho...