THE TUNES ON REPEAT IN THE Q OFFICE THIS MONTH.
JANELLE MONÁE DJANGO JANE
Over a syncopated beat and what sounds like an orchestra from the future, Janelle Monáe lays out her state-of-the-nation address in this smart, seething pop song. Out: now, on Bad Boy Records.
COURTNEY BARNETT NAMELESS, FACELESS
Courtney Barnett cuts the slacker-style and returns with this sharp examination of chauvinists and abusers. She turns a Margaret Atwood quote into a chorus that resembles a Nirvana B-side on one of her best tracks yet. Out: now, on Marathon.
GAZ COOMBES WORLD’S STRONGEST MAN
The title track of the former Supergrass frontman’s new record sums up the sonic experimentation at the heart of his third solo album, building around a hypnotic riff and dreamy vocals as chorus and verse hazily merge under a sea of harmonies. Out: 4 May, Hot Fruit Records.
PALE WAVES HEAVENLY
Pale Waves look like a band whose idea of a fun night is locking themselves in a dark room to listen to The Cure’s Disintegration on repeat, but Heavenly sounds like the kind of giddy ’ 80s pop Ferris Bueller would put on the car stereo on his day off. Out: now, on Dirty Hit.
ICEAGE PAIN KILLER
The most straightforward moment from the Danish punks’ fourth album, this is a horn-propelled, you-and-me-versus-the-world duet with Sky Ferreira. Out: now, via Matador.
FATHER JOHN MISTY MR TILLMAN
Josh Tillman reaches Inception-style levels of role-playing here, a song about the man behind the alter-ego, from the point of view of a fictional hotel concierge. Best to wriggle free of the conceptual labyrinth and get lost in its Americana sway instead. Out: now, on Bella Union.
This London singer’s previous releases tended towards chilly but forgettable folktronica. On Confirmation, he’s ditched the folk half and the result is a revelation. Pristine – but warm and soulful – pop. Out: now, via Blue Flowers.
CHVRCHES MY ENEMY (FEAT. MATT BERNINGER)
There are hints Chvrches’ third LP may contain the crossover hit their substantial live following warrants. The National’s Matt Berninger duets on this twisted love song, a swirling electro-pop anthem for quarrelling couples everywhere. Out: now, on Virgin EMI.
PARQUET COURTS TOTAL FOOTBALL
A riot of twisting guitars from the New Yorkers’ new LP, this uses Johan Cruyff ’s sporting maxim to furrow its brow about the controversy around the NFL and the US national anthem. Out: 18 May, on Rough Trade.
STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS MIDDLE AMERICA
Stephen Malkmus’s first new music with The Jicks in four years sees him returning to the melodic lightness that graced Pavement’s later records. In his hands, weighty existentialism dissolves into a breezy, indie-rock gem. Out: now, on Domino.
Identity crisis: Father John Misty, aka Mr Tillman.