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Essential Listening: The week’s best new music

We’re taking the moment to look back at the week’s best new music as tracks from The 1975, Savages’ Jehnny Beth, and King Krule and more made our Essential Listening list.

Below we’re bringing you the best songs from the week as we highlight the finest sounds from artists you know and love as well as introducing you to artists you need to keep your eye on.

Releases from the enigmatic King Krule, the monstrous Beach Bunny, the outstanding Sharon Van Etten, and Nadine Sha make for a bumper week of new music.

With new videos, new sounds and some new records on the way, let’s take a look back at the week’s best new music:

‘Me & You Together Song’ – The 1975

Matty Healy and his band The 1975 have shared the brand new visuals for their new track ‘Me & You Together’ song and it’s a real trip down memory lane.

The song’s visuals are heavily influenced by the past and see the band taking their seashell necklaces and low hung guitars to the fore as they channel turn of the millennium pop-punk. It’s a sentiment that is channeled throughout as this sugar-sweet indie-pop track gets given the ’90s treatment.

‘Alone, Omen 3’ – King Krule

King Krule has released new song ‘Alone, Omen 3’, the second single to be taken from his forthcoming album Man Alive!. The track, which comes with an accompanying video directed by Archy Marshall’s close friend Jocelyn Anquetil, was also co-written by the artist and director. The video, featuring Marshall surrounded by his friends, bandmates, and collaborators, backs up the message that “you’re not alone.”

“I felt like I had gotten out of a dark place, and I was on a high,” Marshall explains. “I appreciated the depression… but I also liked how I felt better in the here and now.”

‘Beaten Down’ – Sharon Van Etten

There isn’t much that Sharon Van Etten does that we don’t love. Whether it’s her composing, her performing or even her acting, our eyes are glued to the star. You can imagine how thrilled we were to find a new track arriving this week.

“‘Beaten Down’ is about love, patience and empathy,” Van Etten said in a statement. “It’s about making life-changing choices and remaining strong enough to see them through,” she added. Listen below.

‘Flower’ – Jehnny Beth

The song was written about a pole dancer working in a notorious strip club named Jumbo’s Clown Room in LA. The song goes on to explore the complex and confusing depths of social depravity all mixed in with an unrelenting sirenic quality.

Listen below to ‘Flower’ the first cut from Jehnny Beth’s new solo record To Love Is To Live, out on May 8th.

‘Ordinary Talk’ – Half Waif

A new record on the way and a new single to celebrate from Half Waif. “Recognising your own ordinariness can be depressing, or it can be a relief. In ‘Ordinary Talk’, I wanted to honour and celebrate my ordinariness as an incredible tool for making me feel less alone,” Half Waif said in a statement. “The song is a reassurance that feeling bad—or ‘ill’—isn’t something that needs to be corrected. There’s a depth of experience that comes from feeling emotions at their extremes. And it is, in fact, this vivid, varied messiness that makes us human and ordinary.”

She added: “The corresponding video, written in collaboration with director Kenna Hynes, tracks the progression from isolation to communion as we move from a tableau of a troupe of strange courtiers to the neon lights of a good old house party. And as the song shifts and melts away, the cast of characters follows and looks outward: up toward the vast night with its unsettling drift of stars, over a vista of coffee cups and blue TV screens and folded T-shirts—the million tiny moments that define our days.”

‘Promises’ – Beach Bunny

The fourth single to come from their hotly anticipated debut album Honeymoon, which arrives on February 14th via Mom+Pop, is another intently charged piece of frenetic bedroom pop that’s bouncing rhythm belies its content.

Lead singer, Lili Trifilio says of ‘Promises’ – “‘Promises’ is a song about the frustration, doubt, and pain experienced before and after a breakup. It’s a song about loss and the most vulnerable song on the record.”

‘Ladies For Babies (Goats For Love)’ – Nadine Shah

The wonderful talent of Nadine Shah returns to our airwaves as she not only announced a brand new record in Kitchen Sink this week but completed the announcement with the first spin of new song ‘Ladies For Babies (Goats For Love)’.

Shah said of the track, “My brother was making a comment on sexism when he was younger and made a painting of a man embracing a goat with the phrase “ladies for babies, goats for love”. It always stuck with me, I guess cause it sounded daft but really because even back then I knew its true meaning and intent.

“I was also thinking about a lot of the songs I would have been listening to at the time, songs I sang along to innocently without question of the meaning. ‘Ladies for Babies’ is a direct response to ‘All That She Wants’ by Ace of Base.”

“I reversed the gender and I poke fun at a husband who expects nothing more from me, as a wife, than to carry his child and perform the role of the obeying subservient trophy wife. Only this time the mistress is a farmyard animal. A lot of my album explores subjects of sexism and tradition. It’s not all about beastiality, I promise.”

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