Meet Alex Rose – she’s the creative director of licensing for Domino Records and Domino Publishing, based in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood. As a creative director at a record label, it’s her job to listen to basically everything that’s got a tune to it, which is why we thought she’d be the perfect person to give us a preview of what’s to come from the music industry this fall. Here, she shares seven records that she’s excited about.
Alright guys, let’s talk about fall – my favorite time of the year in New York City. Sweater weather means everyone’s back to work creating new things, bringing an air of excitement and buzz to this city. But even more than fall clothing, I love the new music!
So far, 2013 has been an amazing year for music. And with so many great new albums on the horizon, the year is only going to get better. Here are some artists releasing music this fall that you should know about because they’ll probably be a big deal, listening to new music is fun, and who doesn’t love telling your friends about cool stuff first?
BLOOD ORANGE: Cupid Deluxe
Release Date: Fall 2013 (exact date TBD) on Domino Records
This past week, Blood Orange released “Chamakay,” as a way to announce his forthcoming record. This first taste is classic Dev Hynes, and features guest vocals by local NYC lady Caroline Polachek from Brooklyn-based band Chairlift. “Chamakay” is a soulful and sultry electronic groove that climaxes with a sexy sax solo, while bass lines pop up in all the right places.
SYLVAN ESSO: Hey Mami/Play It Right 12”
Listen: “Hey Mami”
Release date: Out now on Trekky Records
One of the top comments on Sylvan Esso’s “Hey Mami” SoundCloud page is “Can’t stop won’t stop listening.” I feel you, anonymous SoundCloud user. This song is bananas, and it’s literally the first song to come from the North Carolina duo of vocalist Amelia Meath and electronic musician Nick Sanborn. I can’t begin to imagine how impressive the full-length record is going to be. The B-side is really nice too: “Play It Right.”
LA LUZ: It’s Alive
Release date: October 15th on Hardly Art
La Luz is probably one of my favorite new American bands – they play a unique blend of surf-rock and doo-wop, that’s made all the more impressive by front woman Shana Cleveland’s smoky, laid back vocals. This year alone, I’ve seen them play at a bike shop in Seattle, a late night Jonathan Toubin/Soul Clap dance show in Chicago, and a DIY venue in Brooklyn. In six months, people will be trying to tell you about their favorite new surf-rock band La Luz. (Good thing you heard about them here first!)
With all the press, buzz, and record label-bidding Chvrches have been surrounded by in 2013, it’s hard to believe they still haven’t released an album. I had the pleasure of seeing them play a somewhat strange midnight show at Brooklyn venue 285 Kent back in March, and I must say their live show lived up to the hype.
Regardless, here’s the scoop: Chvrches (an electro-pop group from Glasgow, Scotland) have a penchant for writing poppy hooks with surprisingly interesting lyrics. When you’re mining pop tropes established by similar artists like Robyn, Passion Pit, Abba, and Kate Bush, it could be easy to fall victim to straight up plagiarism, especially on your debut album. But if these advance singles “Recover,” “Gun,” and “The Mother We Share” are any indication, Chvrches are definitely going to be worth paying attention to this fall.
PARQUET COURTS: Tally All The Things You Broke EP
Listen: “You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now”
Release date: October 8th on What’s Yr Rupture?
Full disclosure: I named Brooklyn-by-way-of-Texas band Parquet Courts’ 2012 release Light Up Gold my #1 record of last year, so naturally it makes sense I’m excited about their new songs. This band has neat, forward-thinking musical ideas, and they’ve blown up so much in the last year. Do you guys remember when Time Magazine listed Parquet Courts’ track “Master Of My Craft” at #5 on their own year-end list – higher than Skrillex’s “Bangarang”? The only tracks they were beaten out by were songs like Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Getting Back Together” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” I’ll allow you to come to your own conclusion about that one.
Here’s some bonus content to tide you over until the new Parquet Courts record comes out next month: Earlier this year, Vice/Noisey filmmaker Andy Capper made “Light Up Gold Road Trip,” a documentary about Parquet Courts’ tour which provides great insight into just how delightful these gentlemen are. Another fun fact: Capper also made “Lil Bub & Friendz,” a film that received accolades at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.
Release date: November 26th on Freebandz/Epic Records
I can’t listen to Future without getting excited about life. His songs sound distinctly modern, and expound on a world where you can wake up in a new Bugatti and slang narcotics in a new ‘rarri. Basically Future’s world is expensive Italian sports cars, top-shelf liquor, beautiful women, and money. I’m down to hang.
Future (née Cash) comes from Atlanta rap royalty: he’s currently dating Ciara and has worked with artists like Gucci Mane and R. Kelly. His new record, “Honest,” boasts collaborations with Kanye West, Andre 3000 and Rihanna. I really can’t wait any longer to hear this record. Can someone send it to me now? Thanks!
ARCADE FIRE: Reflektor
Release date: October 29th on Merge
Arcade Fire is arguably becoming one of the biggest names in indie rock, and this week the band released their first new single since their Grammy award-winning 2010 record The Suburbs. “Reflektor” features vocals by David Bowie and production work by James Murphy (of LCD Soundsystem). This track is epic.