THE TUNES ON RE­PEAT IN THE Q OF­FICE THIS MONTH.

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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.

WESTERMAN CON­FIR­MA­TION

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.

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