Death Cab for Cutie have shared a 40-second trailer titled “August 2018” that appears to tease a new album. The band had previously said that their ninth album would arrive in 2018. The as-yet-untitled album will be the first DCFC album without Chris Walla, and first with new members Dave Depper and Zac Rae. The band’s last full-length was 2015’s Kintsugi. Since then, they’ve shared only one track, the pre-election song “Million Dollar Loan.” [ Billboard ]
Brooklyn indie-folk band Big Thief have debuted a new experimental project called Wide Winged Bird. The band described it as: “It’s a collage of tour field recordings, unreleased songs, poetry and so much more. We only printed 200. Selling at this week’s shows w/ the national. All money goes to Nyc’s viBe theater. Vibe works to empower underserved teenage girls to write and perform original theater, video and music about the real-life issues they face daily.” Big Thief released their fantastic sophomore album Capacity last year. [ SPIN ]
Natalie Prass has shared the vulnerable third single from her forthcoming sophomore album, The Future and the Past. Titled “Lost,” Prass says this about the soaring piano ballad: "'Lost' is about putting your foot down in a relationship when enough is enough. It's the journey of getting engulfed in another person's energy, good and bad, and ultimately understanding the other person is out to hurt you and not there to love you back." The song follows previous singles “Short Court Style” and the feminist anthem “Sisters.” The Future and the Past drops June 1 on ATO. [ Under the Radar ]
Local musician and former Carissa’s Wierd member Jenn Champion has shared a new song “O.M.G. (I’m All Over It).” Produced by SYML, the song was said to be influenced by Carly Rae Jepsen and has clear pop-leanings. The song comes with a video that sees Champion join members of the Future Ladies Of Wrestling, IAN SWEET’s Jilian Medford, and Champion’s wife Arwen Nicks for an intense aerobic workout. Champion’s last album was Cool Choices, recorded under her former moniker S. [ Stereogum ]
Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we’re featuring versatile songwriter Jenn Champion, who plays KEXP Rocks the Dock this Saturday at Waterfront Park.
When you are hurting, there's only one place that really makes it feel like everything's alright: home. When all is lost and your judgment's on the brink, going home gives you perspective. You remember where you've come from, and furthermore, just how far you've come between the last chapter and th…