This week was already geared up as a massive week for releases from the world of pop but it was to be the two big surprise returns that caught our eye at Vendor this week when New Music Friday rolled around. Here are the week’s five big releases that should be on your radar:
Surprise one: new Arcade Fire!
After gracing our airwaves (like everyone else) with a protest song aimed at the freshly sworn-in US President Donald Trump earlier this year, Arcade Fire have returned with a new single and the promise of a new album on the horizon. The band first shared the song via vinyl release at Primavera Festival and it kinda sounds like ‘Dancing Queen’ by ABBA. Listen to ‘Everything Now’ below:
Surprise two: new Foo Fighters!
In the music video for new song ‘Run’, Foo Fighters portray retirees inciting a retirement home rebellion before attacking a car full of millennials (the metaphors are endless). Foo Fighters are set to headline Glastonbury this summer. Listen to ‘Run’ below:
Major Lazer recruit more stars for their new EP Know No Better
Major Lazer returned this week with Know No Better, their first body of work since 2015’s Peace Is The Mission. And once more, the EP features a who’s who of 2017 pop and R&B with Sean Paul, Travis Scott, Camila Cabello and Quavo (because Migos are EVERYWHERE) contributing as guests. Listen to ‘Know No Better’ below:
alt-J’s third album Relaxer
2012 Mercury Prize winners alt-J returned this week with their third album Relaxer. Featuring guest vocals from Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell and Marika Hackman, as well as string arrangements from the London Metropolitan Orchestra, Relaxer looks set to step away from the digital twitches of the band’s first two albums. Listen to ‘In Cold Blood’ here:
Lorde’s new track ‘Perfect Places’
Lorde has shared the closing track from her upcoming album Melodrama, ‘Perfect Places’. All of Lorde’s recent material, including ‘Perfect Places’, have hinted at a poppier exterior as Lorde enters young womanhood but she still retains her excellent sense of self-awareness and celebration of individuality within her music. Listen to ‘Perfect Places’ below: