If there is one thing that we’re fans of here at Chart Shaker, it’s synth-drenched electropop with a distinctive 80s vibe. We can’t get enough of it in fact and here is a brand new offering that fits the description perfectly, from a new Brooklyn-based duo who seem to kill it with every release.
Take Me Back is the new single from Paperwhite, a duo made up of brother and sister tag team Katie and Ben Marshall. Katie takes lead vocals whilst Ben contributes backing vocals and works on the production and instrumentation side of things. Together, they’ve now combined their talents to produce a hat trick of shimmering slam dunks, with their latest retro slice of dreamy pop following hot on the heels of previous singles Got Me Goin and Magic.
Such is the impeccable quality of the goods on offer, it would be remiss of me not to post links to each of them below for you to enjoy and, even greater news, they’re also all on iTunes (yup, even in the UK) for you to download immediately.
“He’s fucked up in the same way that I’m fucked up” says Macklemore about his relationship with “good friend” Christopher Mansfield, the lead singer of fellow Seattle alumni Fences whose new single Arrows boasts both guest vocals and production duties from the rapper and his long-term collaborator Ryan Lewis.
“Because of that, our lives relate beyond the music,” Macklemore continues. “I’ve always admired his talent for illustrating with words and evoking imagery. We’ve made a bunch of stuff together over the years and this here song about Arrows is my favourite thing we’ve done.”
Released to iTunes yesterday, Arrows serves as the lead cut from Fences’ long awaited full length follow up to their self-titled 2010 debut LP which was co-produced by Tegan & Sara’s Sara Quin, and their latest offering is a catchy alt-pop song, bolstered by that emotional depth which Macklemore alludes to.
Having previously co-written Macklemore’s The Heist album cut Ten Thousand Hours and appeared on his 2011 track Otherside Remix, Mansfield refers to his fellow Seattle-ite as “a fearless poet and a selfless human” and Arrows as “the peak of our mountain“.
Fences will join Macklemore on stage at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival on 9 August to perform the track live, before they head over to Europe for a string of festival appearances including sets at Leeds and Reading festival. The album Lesser Oceans will arrive on 14 October via Elektra Records, and if you preorder it now, you’ll receive Arrows and album track Songs About Angels straight away.
BANKS has premiered the official music video for the latest single from her upcoming debut studio album Goddess.
Beggin For Thread was released to iTunes last week, and builds upon the solid foundations that the LA-based chanteuse has already put in place in the run up the September launch of her LP, with producers Tim Anderson and Jesse Rogg evoking an atmospheric ambience via a blend of jagged, piercing synths and electronic percussion.
Meanwhile BANKS surprises by showcasing a more assertive dimension to her soulful, spectral R&B vocals, crunching defiantly through the track’s passive aggressive lyrics with untamed bravado and further whetting fans’ appetites in the process.
Watch the official music video for Beggin For Thread below and preorder Goddess on iTunes ahead of its 8 September release now.
LA indie pop trio Sir Sly are back with a brand new single and it’s out now.
You Haunt Me is the title track from the band’s upcoming debut studio album which is scheduled for release in the UK via Interscope Records and Cherrytree Records on 15 September.
What’s more, if you preorder the LP on iTunes now, you’ll instantly receive it and the four songs that appeared on last year’s Gold EP to keep your appetite fully whetted, whilst you wait.
“Growing up, there were a few songs that made me feel okay about all the anxiety and self-doubt I had,” lead singer Landon Jacobs told Billboard about their latest single. “There were a few songs that taught me that moving on is possible even though forgetting the past isn’t. I hope this can be that kind of song for people.”
Sir Sly will promote the album release with a series of live US dates kicking off on 25 August, where they’ll be headlining alongside British alt-rock band and fellow Cherrytree Records label-mates Wolf Gang.
Train have premiered a lyric video for the title track from their forthcoming album Bulletproof Picasso.
The San Francisco band will release their seventh studio set in the US on 16 September via Columbia Records. It follows the commercial success of their Gold-certified 2012 LP California 37 which spawned the international hit single Drive By.
The album’s title track is the second song to be lifted from the LP and is available to download on iTunes now. Angel In Blue Jeans has already started to impact US charts, but will be released as the record’s lead single in the UK on 7 September. Watch the official music video here and catch the lyric video for Bulletproof Picasso below.
Bulletproof Picasso Tracklist:
Angel in Blue Jeans
Give It All
Wonder What You’re Doing for the Rest of Your Life
Son of a Prison Guard
Just a Memory
I’m Drinkin’ Tonight
I Will Remember
Baby, Happy Birthday
Don’t Grow Up So Fast
American singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw has released a new single online.
You Got Me is the official theme song to the family film sequel Dolphin Tale 2 which stars Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick Jr and opens in US cinemas on 12 September.
The track was released to iTunes on 28 July via RCA Records and will also appear on the film’s upcoming soundtrack.
DeGraw released his fifth studio album Make A Move last October and the record’s lead cut Best I Ever Had reached #80 on the UK singles chart. The I Don’t Wanna Be singer will kick off a string of European live dates to promote the record on 20 September at London’s The Forum. For a full list of dates, head over to his official website.
Lenny Kravitz has premiered another new track from his upcoming album Strut.
Sex is the second cut from the American rock singer’s tenth studio LP which comes out on 23 September. The album opener arrives after the release of the record’s scorching lead single The Chamber last month and both songs are available to download on iTunes now.
“This is one of my favorite tracks on the album. It was recorded with minimal instrumentation, guitar, bass and drums. The strength of the groove comes from the sparse production which creates space,” Kravitz told Billboard, who debuted the track yesterday.
Catch the official audio for Sex below and be sure to let us know what you think of Kravitz’ latest offering, which arrives with some leather clad, crotch-focused artwork that leaves little to the imagination.