Australian progressive instrumental heavy rock band We Lost the Sea are set to release their new album Departure Songs on 27 November via Translation Loss Records (pre-order here). The sextet have an incredible knack for creating a cinematic effect with their compositions, and as the heart-wrenching “A Gallant Gentleman” illustrates, they can tell a story without words quite brilliantly.
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Dallas-based multi-instrumentalist Jeff Ryan has worked with St. Vincent, the War on Drugs, Daniel Johnston, Sarah Jaffe, and many more, but his project Myopic deserves notice, as his beautiful new track proves. Lifted from his upcoming release Two Pieces, which will come out on 11 December, “Playground” was recorded in one take in the playground of the school Ryan’s children attend.
On their latest album The Gates Canadian band Young Empires do not hide the fact whatsoever that they’re out to capitalize on the popularity of Imagine Dragons. The tom-tom-heavy percussion, the bombastic tenor singing, the stadium-friendly hooks are all there, as you can hear on the new single “Uncover My Eyes”. You have to give these guys credit too, because as derivative as it is, it’s exceptionally well done, and has mainstream pop rock hit written all over it.
Italian singer-songwriter Lili N has a fascinating back story. From the age of five she was a voice-over actress, serving as the Italian voice of such movie characters as Cindy Lou Who, Lilo, and Chronicles of Narnia‘s Lucy. After working extensively in the movie industry—she and her mother were Danny Devito’s dubbing coaches for The Lorax—she has since enrolled in the Beklee College of Music and is now set to release her steamy new R&B single “One”. Color us impressed.