THE TUNES ON REPEAT IN THE Q OFFICE THIS MONTH.
THOM YORKE UNMADE
The Radiohead frontman’s Suspiria soundtrack is full of haunting interludes, but in the middle of it all is this majestic piano ballad, where synths and a choir build around Yorke’s serene vocal. Out: 26 October, on XL Recordings.
THE 1975 SINCERITY IS SCARY
A track that hints at the new sonic territories The 1975 will explore on their forthcoming third album, Sincerity Is Scary is a neo-soul ballad with a chorus that unexpectedly paraphrases Michael Bolton. Out: now, on Dirty Hit.
RICHARD ASHCROFT ALL MY DREAMS
Ashcroft’s post-Verve work has tended to be patchy at best, but his latest LP finds him on firmer ground than he’s been on in decades. All My Dreams is breezy soft rock in the vein of Tom Petty. Out: 19 October, on BMG.
MARISSA NADLER BLUE VAPOR
That the Boston singer-songwriter’s new album is filled with raw break-up ballads might be awkward for her ex, but it’s quite good for everyone else when the tracks are as arresting as this. Blue Vapor is a jagged torch song that rises to a snarling outro. Out: now, on Bella Union.
South-East Londoner Tirzah’s recent LP was a fabulous collection of deconstructed love songs. Gladly is one of many discombobulating but comforting highlights. Out: now, on Domino.
KURT VILE BOTTLE IT IN
The 10- minute running time of the title track from Kurt Vile’s seventh album might suggest some sort of psychedelic prog odyssey. Instead, it’s one of the simplest things on the record, a gentle repetitive beat and sparse harp notes. Out: 12 October, on Matador.
MØ WAY DOWN
While pondering the follow-up to her 2014 debut, Danish synthpopper MØ has had hits with Major Lazer and collaborated with Charli XCX. This cut from her upcoming second album suggests she’s set for the same sort of success in her own right, a banger about drinking your way through the apocalypse. Out: now, on Columbia.
Japanese electronic whiz Masaaki Yoshida channels obscure Bollywood drum patterns, celestial choirs and gamelan chimes to imbue the lead single off his new album with sundappled, upbeat vibes. Out: now, on Tru Thoughts.
FACTORY FLOOR HEART OF DATA
From the London-based electronica duo’s forthcoming score of Fritz Lang’s 1927 sci-fi epic Metropolis, this slab of propulsive, euphoric electro is at odds with the rest of the soundtrack’s moody, noirish tone. Out: 12 October, on H/O/D Records
MARIBOU STATE SLOW HEAT (FEAT. HOLLY WALKER)
This duo’s excellent second album mixes Balearic grooves and Foals-style guitar patterns with a constant serving of memorable hooks. This is one of its best tracks, a blend of house piano, layered beats and soulful vocals. Out: now, on Counter.
Thom Yorke gets “serene” on Unmade.