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For Your Eyes and Ears: alt-J on New Music Weekly

 

It may be Thanksgiving this week, but alt-J’s new Summer Remix EP feels perfectly timed. The new EP compiles remixes by Jim James, Dave Sitek, Ben Lovett, The Internet of Odd Future, Hanz, and Ben De Vries. We are especially excited about the treatment “Dissolve Me” (Ben Lovett Remix) gets in this week’s extended-length New Music Weekly video. Where does your mind go when you listen and watch? Video Artist Oskar Wrangö tells the story of this week’s motion art:

"Great music always takes my imagination to new and interesting places. With this song Dissolve Me, I envisioned a fragile and special visual character. We embodied chemical substances and created something we have never seen before. It was also important for the narration to give this character a context as a strong contrast to it's appearance. Contrasts, form and color are always very important to me. Special things happen when music meet images, something bigger can appear if you are lucky. This short piece is an open story."

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Grizzly Bear on New Music Weekly

Brooklyn indie band Grizzly Bear is back with Shields: B-Sides, offering new tracks, demos, and remixes from their 2012 studio album. These songs are so stark and beautiful, we had to give Grizzly Bear the stage in this week’s New Music Weekly video. Artists Nessim Higson and Camille Herren shine the spotlight on the concept art:

"We took two bodies and wanted to morph them into an ecstatic, surreal and abstract dance performance that evolved over time. In order to abstract the film further and give it a unique look, we decided to distort, print, xerox and scan in every frame (yes, laborious) resulting in a starker contrast and unique texture."

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New Music Weekly - November 12, 2013

FlumeLady GagaThe Killers

This is the week that all the Little Monsters have been waiting for: Lady Gaga’s album release week. But before we get to ARTPOP, we’re enjoying a holiday offering from her pal Tamar Braxton, the new album from Mexican singer-songwriter Horacio Palencia, a 10th anniversary re-release from Southern metal act Lamb of God, and B-sides from Brooklyn indie band Grizzly Bear. (You can’t say we don’t have eclectic tastes around here!)

Our New Music Weekly playlist will get you acquainted with selections from these artists and more (Mother Monster, too!) and the Playlist Notes below provide some additional intel. You can also click over to the Rdio New Releases page to browse even more songs and albums.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Lady Gaga - ARTPOP
    Mother Monster’s highly anticipated third album features guest appearances by R&B crooner R. Kelly and rappers T.I., Twista, and Too $hort.

  • The Killers - Direct Hits
    Almost a decade after the first album Hot Fuss was released, the Vegas rockers have amassed enough successful singles for this retrospective including two new tracks, produced by M83 and Stuart Price respectively.

  • Flume - Flume: Deluxe Edition
    The Australian electronic producer who made international waves with his single “Holdin On” enlists Ghostface Killah, How To Dress Well, and Twin Shadow for his new mixtape.

  • Mariah Carey - “The Art Of Letting Go”
    Mimi returns with a classy taste of her upcoming album, an epic ballad about moving on from relationships.

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Cut Copy on New Music Weekly

Let’s get metaphysical in this week’s New Music Weekly video. What do you get when you combine Cut Copy’s track off their new album, Free Your Mind, with the mind-expanding artists at Geremy & Georgie:

*“Don't think we're alone in saying that Cut Copy's “Dark Corners And Mountain Tops” conjures up images of bearded female gurus levitating into the 4th dimension while rainbow skeletons do rhythmic elliptical cardio in low rent gym monasteries ordained by day glow CPR angels puking up white flowers. It's just that kind of tune.”

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New Music Weekly - November 5, 2013

EminemCut CopyM.I.A.

November’s off to a great musical start on our stereo with the third album by dreamy English-Irish boy band The Wanted, the first new solo album in eight years from Creed frontman Scott Stapp, the return of mighty Bay Area rap duo Latyryx, and the latest from New Zealand’s psychedelic pop star Connan Mockasin. Our New Music Weekly playlist is an express route to the cream of the crop from these and other artists releasing music right now. You can also chart your own course through the latest and greatest by taking on the entire collection of Rdio New Releases. Choose your own adventure!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP2
    The reclusive rapper tries to capture lightning in a bottle again with the help of super-producer Rick Rubin and sequel-like references to his most important album.

  • Cut Copy - Free Your Mind
    The Australian synth-pop favorites unleash a fourth album with a clever international campaign involving billboards and a loosened-up vibe.

  • M.I.A. - Matangi
    The British singer and producer’s long-awaited fourth album features two duets with Canadian artist The Weeknd.

  • Bright Eyes - A Christmas Album
    Originally recorded in 2002 and sold exclusively through Saddle Creek’s store to benefit the Nebraska AIDS Project, this holiday album is finally receiving its first wide release.

  • Avril Lavigne - Avril Lavigne
    Duets with husband and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger highlight Lavigne’s fifth full-length.

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Yamantaka // Sonic Titan on New Music Weekly

UZU, the new album by Yamantaka // Sonic Titan is rich, layered, and haunting, just like this week’s New Music Weekly video. Drown in the wondrous sounds of the featured track, "Seasickness Pt2” in the player above. Tendril, the Toronto design studio behind the Bloc Party and Michael Franti spots, are dive deep into the concept behind their third video:

“Yamantaka // Sonic Titan's sound is both raw and beautiful. When we got to work concepting this piece we were inspired to tap into the experimental and theatrical aspects of Yamantaka and the apparent collision of cultural and artistic references. We also wanted to create something that resonated against what the music made us feel. The piece depicts an otherworldly act of creation — a kind of highly art-directed alchemist meets designer at work in her laboratory workshop. The activation and fueling of a mysterious sculptural entity with a heart-like crystal and liquid gold core is the culmination of the creative ritual.”

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New Music Weekly - October 29, 2013

Death Cab For CutieArcade FireKelly Clarkson

It may be Halloween this week, but we’re already looking forward to Christmas thanks to new holiday albums by country crooner Trace Adkins and American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson. We’ve also got the new mixtape from New York rapper Joey Bada$$, the latest album from SoCal indie pop act Hellogoodbye, and a retrospective by South Africa’s Seether in heavy rotation right now.

Hit up the New Music Weekly playlist for more of our picks of the top tunes of the week, and then you can consider doing some exploration of your own in the Rdio New Releases department.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Arcade Fire - Reflektor
    The Canadian indie rockers stretch out with a double full-length release for the fourth studio album.

  • Kelly Clarkson - Wrapped In Red
    The American Idol presents her first Christmas album, which includes original songs as well as covers of classics.

  • Linkin Park - RECHARGED
    This companion to the Living Things album contains remixes featuring rappers Pusha T and Bun B, master producer Rick Rubin, and more.

  • Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism (10th Anniversary Edition)
    Ben Gibbard and the boys’ fourth album gets remastered and re-released with bonus demo tracks of all the songs a decade after its debut.

  • One Direction - “Story Of My Life”
    This single from The X Factor UK-bred boy band offers a teaser of November’s album Midnight Memories.

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Poliça on New Music Weekly

Take an ocular trip with indie synth band Poliça in the New Music Weekly video, and then ride the soundwaves from their newly released album, Shulamith, which is out today. Though the journey isn’t long, we can’t put into words what exactly goes on in the 15-second piece which samples the track “Torre”, so we’ll let video artist BRTHR take it away:

”Endlessly, an array of amusing things pop out of a listener's mouth and follow a psychedelic path inspired by contemporary digital gif-culture and the synth-pop of Poliça's "Torre". We see dancing cheerleaders, aliens, cultural familiarities, and bizarre things of nature all emerge as the music guides the story. This is a journey within the digital space both musically and visually.”

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New Music Weekly - October 22, 2013

Katy PerryEric ChurchPolica

So far this week, we’ve been tuning in to the latest star-studded collaboration compilation from hip-hop giant DJ Khaled, albums from California acts like low-fi duo Best Coast and alt-rockers AFI, and a new EP from the hauntingly beautiful electronic artist Active Child

There are two ways to discover what’s just come out from these and many more artists: Take our personalized roadmap, the New Music Weekly playlist, to hear what we think are the best of the bunch, or chart your own course with the full collection in the Rdio New Releases section. The Playlist Notes below provide some additional intel on some of the key offerings of the week.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Katy Perry - Prism
    The pop star’s fourth album is backed by the worldwide hit “Roar” and features a collaboration with twerk king Juicy J.

  • Waka Flocka Flame - From Roaches to Rollies
    This new mixtape from Atlanta’s party starter keeps the energy up until the next album arrives.

  • Fifth Harmony - Better Together
    A Simon Cowell creation formed from last season’s X-Factor in America gets a slickly produced debut to chart the course of good girls going (not too) bad.

  • POLIÇA - Shulasmith
    The eerie electro-indie pop act from Minneapolis takes a bow and arrow to the heart of materialism on the sophomore album.

  • Eric Church - “The Outsiders”
    The Grammy-nominated country singer-songwriter emerges with a taste of his fourth full-length.

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For Your Eyes and Ears: The Dismemberment Plan on New Music Weekly

News of The Dismemberment Plan’s reunion got our toes tapping, and we hope this week’s New Music Weekly video gets you moving as well. Uncanney Valley is the first studio album from D-Plan since the D.C. band broke up 10 years ago. Cut loose to “Daddy Was a Real Good Dancer” and check out video artist Dvein’s vision for the animation:

“'Symbiosis' is as a game about the interaction of a character and a camera. He operates the camera with his movements: the zoom, the focus, the edition. He's an elegant guy, a modern classic, iconic, stylish. He is a stubborn control-freak but on top of that, he's a 'real good dancer'.”