Lilian Min
February 20, 2016 4:00 pm
Dead Oceans / Young Turks / MUNA

Having a hard time keeping up with all the new music that drops every week? Us too — which is why we’re rounding up the best new music of the week every Saturday evening.

FKA twigs — “Good To Love”

One of our favorite pop innovators has done it again with this bleakly beautiful track and video. A meditation on love (directed toward others and the self) and intimacy, “Good To Love” is our first inkling at what twigs could be up to in 2016.

Birdy — “Beautiful Lies”

You’ve almost definitely heard Birdy’s cover of “Skinny Love” before, but the 19-year-old indie folk sensation has been relentlessly prolific on her own as well. The title track for her third album is spare but brimming with below-surface tension; a perfect complement for her supernaturally expansive voice.

Jack Garrett — Phase

Last week, I alluded to the company Jack Garrett keeps as a winner of BBC’s Sound of poll — everyone from Adele to, um, Jessie J. We are certain that Garrett’s career, thanks to the incredible tunes on his debut, will lean more toward the former.

Stream Phase here

MUNA — “Winterbreak”

I had the pleasure of watching MUNA play live at a Chairlift show, and I was obsessed immediately. “Winterbreak” was one of several “unreleased” songs they played that night, and its quiet longing is both not an indicator of everything they have to offer, as well as a perfect intro to their sound and focus.

Bleached — “Wednesday Night Melody”

SoCal punk stars Bleached star in a own demented accidental death film/music video/morbid Weekend at Bernie’s twist, and it’s amazing. Also great: The first single off their upcoming album Welcome the Worms.

Nicole Dollanganger — “Have You Seen Me?”

Speaking of morbid tunes with a twist: Dollanganger, who’s signed with Grimes’s Eerie Organization, dropped this bleak, literally spectral rock tune in the dead of winter. It’s giving us total Evanescence-meets-Queens of the Stone Age vibes, and Dollanganger’s curdling voice adds that extra layer of chill.

Ra Ra Riot — Need Your Light

Few indie buzz bands break out of that buzz bubble, but Ra Ra Riot’s seemingly done that with four album Need Your Light, which has the band shedding much of their former orchestral-adjacent rock sound. And, now that Rostam’s no longer with Vampire Weekend (D:), it appears he’s taken them under his wing and considerable producing chops.

Stream Need Your Light here

Japanese Breakfast — “Everybody Wants To Love You”

“Can I get your number / Can I get you into bed?” — Japanese Breakfast’s latest is a dreamy slice of intense feelings pop, and ohhh, the feeling is so real. Its jangly melodies belie a sad-sweet core, and it’s put this rising pop group on our “ones to watch” list.

Essaie pas — Demain est une autre nuit

These sparse electronica tunes from DFA Records-signee Essaie pas (French for, “not trying”?) are perfect not-quite-ambient music. In that, you can put it on in the background, but there are layers here worth exploring on their own; just listen in.

RYAN Playground — “Folders” with Ryan Hemsworth

The Secret Songs project is one of my favorite on the Internet, and its latest release is RYAN Playground’s glassy-smooth “Folders.” Aside: Really feeling the “Power Ryan” representation.

Listen to more Playlist Power Hour here.