Best New Music Releases and Singles, April 2013 – Young Galaxy, Phoenix, Kurt Vile, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Dead Confederate, OMD

phoenix-bankruptDue to Coachella, Record Store Day, and combing through hundreds of DIY submissions (since IRC readers want more great music from talented, under-the-radar DIY artists), the past few of weeks of best new music releases are being combined together, featuring lead singles from the top albums of the month of April. In May, we’ll resume regular programming for the Best New Music Releases.

Firstly, check out IRC’s coverage for the Best New Music Releases for the week of April 2nd to April 8th. For this post, covering three weeks of releases, we decided to list the most recent releases (along with the lead singles from the releases) first, so that the order is April 23rd to April 29th; April 16th to April 22nd, and finally, the week of April 9th to April 15th. April was a fantastic month for new album releases, featuring impressive new releases from bands like Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Iron and Wine, Kurt Vile, The Postal Service, Young Galaxy, among others.


Phoenix Drop New LP and New Track, “Entertainment”

Now that the two weekends of Coachella are over, the number of impressive new releases from a huge diversity of indie and alternative rock bands are flowing in at an increasing pace. One of the most anticipated albums of the month of April has been the French electro-pop duo Phoenix‘s fifth LP, Bankrupt!, which dropped earlier this week to wide acclaim from fans and critics. The band deliver yet another collection of slick pop rock tracks with a greater emphasis on layers of shimmering synths, sparkling, melodic hooks and fuller, bigger sounding drums as the immensely popular lead single, “Entertainment,” demonstrates in such stark contrast to their previous singles.

“Entertainment”Phoenix from Bankrupt! (CD or MP3 version) on Glassnote


More Singles from New LPs by Young Galaxy, The Veils, Junip and Others

Vancouver dream pop band Young Galaxy released their fourth album, Ultramarine, this past week, featuring the ten tracks of sleek synth pop, including the emotive, ebullient track, “Pretty Boy,” about the husband and wife songwriting duo Stephen Ramsay and Catherine McCandless’ two-year-old son. We expect another album highlight, the track, “New Summer,” written by guitarist and keyboardist Matthew Shapiro, to be a popular song for summertime playlists that will start streaming out in coming weeks (including IRC’s own new playlists to add to the already existing, and popular, Summer Songs mixtape series, from 2011 and 2010 and 2009 ) via our Spotify channel.

“Pretty Boy”Young Galaxy from Ultramarine

“New Summer”Young Galaxy from Ultramarine

Other notable singles from this week’s new releases include “Your Life, Your Call” from Swedish trio Junip‘s hypnotic prog-rock/folk pop sophomore, self-titled release, followed by the fourth album from The Veils, fronted by Finn Andrews, who mixes atmospheric, reverb-heavy tracking with gloom guitar rock riffs, as the lead track, “Dancing With The Tornado,” demonstrates. Plus, Brass Bed, a 2011 IRC radar band, first got our attention with the release of their debut album , is back with their latest album, The Secret Will Keep You, which we recommend for indie rock lovers in need of some new, but established, talented indie bands.

“Your Life, Your Call”Junip from Junip

“Dancing With The Tornado”The Veils from Time Stays, We Go on Pitch Beast Records

“I’ll Be There With Bells On”Brass Bed from The Secret Will Keep You on Crossbill Records


Week of April 16th Releases: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Iron & Wine, Flaming Lips, The Thermals

What a blockbuster week for highly anticipated releases from a range of different, and highly acclaimed, bands, and hot lead singles. Here’s a playlist of singles from new albums by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Iron & Wine, Flaming Lips, and The Thermals. Plus, we cannot possibly overlook new LPs and singles from Dead Confederate, Dead Can Dance, Futurebirds and Born Ruffians, among others.

“The Sunset”The Thermals from Desperate Ground on Saddle Creek

“Sacrilege”Yeah Yeah Yeahs from Mosquito on Interscope


“Try To Explain”The Flaming Lips from The Terror on Warner Bros.

“Lovers’ Revolution”Iron and Wine from Ghost on Ghost on Nonesuch Records

“Vacations”Dead Confederate from In The Marrow on Spiderbomb Records/ Redeye

“Children of the Sun”Dead Can Dance from In Concert on [PIAS] America

“Needle”Born Ruffians from Birthmarks on Yep Roc

“Virginia Slims”Futurebirds from Baba Yaga on Fat Possum

“Albatross” Jetman Jet Team from We Will Live The Space Age on Saint Marie Records

“The Low Highway”Steve Earle & The Dukes (and Duchesses) from The Low Highway on New West Records


Singles from New Albums for the Week of 4/9: Kurt Vile, The Postal Service, and James Blake

Artists and bands performing both weekends at Coachella 2013 with new releases out this month include Kurt Vile, The Postal Service, The Knife, and James Blake, followed by Dawes and Keaton Henson. Yet, at the same time, because of Coachella being such a huge event in music, and basically sucking up much of the media and blog coverage of music for the week, there are fewer releases for the second week of April, as well as the following week of Coachella, Weekend Two – 4/19-4/21.

“Wakin on a Pretty Day”Kurt Vile from Wakin on a Pretty Daze on Matador

“Such Great Heights”The Postal Service from Give Up (remastered and expanded) on Sub Pop

“A Tooth For An Eye”The Knife from Shaking The Habitual on Mute/Rabid Records

“Retrograde”James Blake from Overgrown on Republic Records

“From a Window Seat”Dawes from Stories Don’t End on Hub Records

“You”Keaton Henson from Birthdays on Anti- Records


OMD: 30 Years of Energized New Wave/Synth Pop

Orchestrated Maneuvers in the Dark, better known by many as OMD, are still sounding terrific after more than 30 years since their debut album. During the 1980’s, OMD was a groundbreaking band thanks to its upbeat, catchy synth-pop songs. Now, all these years later, OMD continues to make a mark in the genres – like new wave, synth pop and post-punk – they helped popularize all those years ago with the release of their self-titled, debut album in 1980. The band’s newest album, English Electric, is only OMD’s second album since the 1996 LP, Universal. “Metroland” is OMD’s acclaimed new lead single.

“Metroland”Orchestrated Maneuvers in the Dark (OMD) from English Electric on BMG


More Great Tracks from Kurt Vile, Young Man, Villagers, Twin Tigers, and Steve Mason

Big indie favorites here at IRC, Kurt Vile, Young Man and Villagers, dropped new albums earlier this month. Vile’s new album is spectacular, featuring the terrific lead single, “Wakin on a Pretty Day.” The hauntingly beautiful lead single, “Unfair,” by Young Man, with its rhythmic feel and melodically beat-driven allure, connotes a longing, characterized by tragic vocals and sad, rising synth keys, followed by the melancholic, piano-heavy, “Nothing Arrived,” from Villagers‘ new album. Next, an indie band that we first latched on to a couple of years ago, Twin Tigers, just released their sophomore album, Death Wish,, with the dark, shoegaze single, “Racecar,” leading the way, followed by Steve Mason’s anti-authoritative music video “Fight Them Back.”

“Wakin on a Pretty Day”Kurt Vile from Wakin on a Pretty Daze on Matador

“Unfair”Young Man from Beyond was All Around Me on Frenchkiss

“Nothing Arrived”Villagers from Awayland on Domino

“Racecar”Twin Tigers from Death Wish on Old Flame Records

“Fight Them Back”Steve Mason from Monkey Minds in The Devil’s Time on Double Six

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  1. One of the best collections of music I have come across in a while. There are some mind blowing tracks in here.

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