All the New Music Is Out (Mazzy Star, San Fermin, CHVRCHES, Britney)
Welcome to the new week and a welcome crop of fresh music! NPR’s First Listen has some great stuff streaming right now. First is “Seasons of Your Day,” Mazzy Star’s low-key return after 17 years of influential absence. Second is the self-titled debut from San Fermin, whose single “Sonsick” I’ll just never shut up about; third up is the first full-length from CHVRCHES, called “The Bones of What You Believe.” I saw them on Saturday, and when the audience was yelling compliments at lead singer Lauren Mayberry (a tiny Jenny Lewis-style heartbreaker), she very sweetly said, “I’m sorry! I can’t hear you because of my earplugs, but I assume you’re saying something like ‘Your music is so intelligent’ or ‘You’re quite articulate in interviews,’ right?” My favorite song from CHVRCHES, which came out a year ago but is so pleasingly Knife-like, is above.
And there’s this 45-minute mix from the lead singer of How to Dress Well, featuring Tink and Future as well as some Kanye and Miley singalongs, and there’s this pretty bad new Britney single, and also, the new Drake and HAIM albums have leaked!