Cut Copy has always been good: the Melbourne group's second album in particular, 2008's In Ghost Colours, is full of dizzying, sad, and smart electro-pop, but they've just outdone themselves with "Need You Now," a soaring number with a long, LCD Soundsystem-like build-up, pretty melody, and memorable, sweet refrain. It's deeply '80s, and epic in the way this album's cover is epic. The album, Zonoscope, comes out February 8 on Modular. [Via]
I hate describing anything as "tear-jerking" or "entrancing" or "addictive" because, really, what do I know about what makes you cry or drives you to do something over and over again even though there are dishes in the sink? All I'll say is Lower Dens keeps making amazingly room-filling (to everyone), tear jerking (to me), pretty (duh) songs for us to first get used to, then probably require every morning. Here's their latest and it is for free.
Who is Purity Ring? Hard to say. Just try Googling "purity ring," and even "purity ring band" (same basic results, because there are purity rings for guys, too). But their track "Ungirthed," posted on Altered Zones today, is pretty awesome, if you like reverby lady-vocals set to cute synths and jagged dance beats. (I do.)
Too many of our favorite things are in the new, NSFW, poppy Jackie Chain track, "Night Is Young": Freddie Gibbs, Maggie Horn, computer love, a hook with a time of day in it. Get it for free over at The FADER!