Happy royal wedding week, everyone. If you’re anything like us then you will be…well, not paying attention. If all the British royalty hype is making you crazy, then the only solution is to plug in some headphones and ignore it to the tune of this week’s mixtape. We’ve got new ones from the Flaming Lips, Liturgy, and Thee Oh Sees, not to mention Seattle’s dreamy Seapony and Belfast’s Girls Names. To snap them up, right click + “Save As” or scroll to the bottom to download the whole mix.
Brooklyn funk-disco group Jessica 6 met while playing with Hercules & the Love Affair, and they’ve been churning out angular, synth-heavy sounds ever since. “Prisoner of Love” is off their upcoming debut album (also called Prisoner of Love) and features a duet with Antony Hegarty, of Antony and the Johnsons fame.
Seattle fuzz-rock group Seapony’s debut LP Go With Me is hitting shelves just in time for summer. “Blue Star” is a humid, sweat-soaked morsel, perfect for a lazy hammock day soundtrack.
The Flaming Lips’ colorful antics produced their new EP, dubbed Gummy Skull because the delivery device was — no kidding — an actual life-sized gummy skull with a USB drive embedded in it. Luckily, you don’t have to track down the perishable and possibly delicious originals on eBay (there were only 500 sold) — all of the new songs, “Drug Chart” included, are available to stream online.
“Banana Ripple” is the closing track from Junior Boys’ upcoming album It’s All True, and it’s a whopper: nine minutes of careening, energetic synthesizer and musings on various kinds of ice cream. Awesome.
Speaking of synth-fests, Blood Orange’s “Dinner” sounds like some lost Prince material circa 1986, sultry and still danceable. Blood Orange is the side project of Dev Hynes, of Test Icicles fame. He’s set to release an album in late summer.
It’s no secret that we love us some Liturgy, and “Generation” has all the neck-whipping goodness and frenzied guitar playing that you could hope for. It’s ecstatic and noodling, closer to the No Wave experimental guitar of Glenn Branca than stylized black metal.
“I Need Seed” is the first single from psychedelic lo-fi group Thee Oh Sees’ upcoming album Castlemania. Look for the LP on June 14th.
Washington-based experimental quartet the Globes are out this week with their debut album, Future Self. Their single “Stay Awake” is punchy with a tough edge, a pleasant 1990s throwback.
Belfast garage trio Girls Names sound exactly like an Irish afternoon — gritty, foggy, a little over-saturated. Their debut album Dead to Me is out this week.
9. “Love to Get Used” by Matt Pond PA (Click through to download)
Indie strummers Matt Pond PA have a new album out this week, Dark Leaves, which features more of Pond’s gorgeous, quietly catchy voice. We expect to see this track running over the credits of every summer movie.