THE TUNES ON REPEAT IN THE Q OFFICE THIS MONTH.
This expansive opener sets the tone for the New York indie-rocker’s masterful fifth album, beginning as a spacey lament before erupting with a blast of jagged guitars and swirling synths. Nice one, Geyser. Out: 17 August, on Dead Oceans. THE LEMON TWIGS WONDERIN’ WAYS A concept album about a chimp going to school isn’t the most enticing prospect on paper, but thankfully The Lemon Twigs’ second album includes songs such as this. A gorgeously ornate ballad that sounds like something Bruce Johnston might have written for The Beach Boys. Out: 24 August, on 4AD.
CAT POWER WOMAN (FEAT. LANA DEL REY)
After the kinetic grooves of 2012’ s Sun, Chan Marshall’s new album is a return to the captivating dusty Americana of her early work. This soulful collaboration with Lana Del Rey is one of its standouts. Out: 5 October, on Domino.
THE 1975 LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT
Matt Healy sounds like a man climbing out of the rubble of drug addiction on this state-of-things address from the quartet’s forthcoming third LP. It combines electro-pop bombast with a moonwalking rhythmic sheen. Out: now, on Dirty Hit.
NENE H CHERRY FALLEN LEAVES
The opening track on the pop-rap singer’s new Four Tet-produced album finds Cherry in a soulful, reflective mood, emoting forlornly over a skittering, jazzy rhythm. Out: 19 October, on Smalltown Supersound.
MARIBOU STATE FEEL GOOD (FEAT. KHRUANGBIN)
This team-up between the British electronica duo and Texas-based instrumentalists Khruangbin splices heavily treated Eastern vocals, chunky breakbeats and surf guitar licks to form a deeply satisfying global cocktail. Out: 7 September, on Counter.
MOUNTAIN MAN AGT
Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath returns to her first band for this, taking part in the sort of a cappella group singing frontier woodsmen might have done to unwind after a hard day’s bear trapping. Out: 21 September, on Bella Union.
JOHN GRANT LOVE IS MAGIC
Following this year’s experimental Creep Show collaboration, Grant’s latest sees him continue to set that wry croon against a backdrop of squelchy electro-pop. Out: 12 October, on Bella Union.
The twisted folk of this opening track from Conor O’Brien’s new record captures the dynamic gear change in his sound, as a plucked acoustic guitar gives way to a gently psychedelic wig-out. Out: 21 September, on Domino.
MUSE SOMETHING HUMAN
The new single from the trio is low-key by their blockbuster standards. The departure from bombast suits them, Something Human’s electro-folk sway suggesting they should employ a lightness of touch more often. Out: now, on Warners.
Cat Power: “captivating Americana” back on the menu.