This week in new music: Tori Amos announced a new album for September, a full-on 80s synth pop sugar rush from Brooklyn duo HAERTS, Perfume Genius (above) returns with a delicious fourth album and grown up EMO college rock from Sorority Noise.
Tori Amos – Native Invader
Titled Native Invader, the album “looks to Nature and how, through resilience, she heals herself,” she says.
“The songs also wrestle with the question: what is our part in the destruction of our land, as well as ourselves, and in our relationships with each other?
“In life there can be the shock of unexpected fires, floods, earthquakes, or any cataclysmic ravager – both on the inside and outside of our minds. Sonically and visually, I wanted to look at how Nature creates with her opposing forces, becoming the ultimate regenerator through her cycles of death and re-birth. Time and time again she is able to renew, can we find this renewal for ourselves?”
Fair enough but where’s the music?
Meanwhile, remind yourself just how fabulous Tori really is with “Professional Widow” and “Playboy Mommy.”
HAERTS – “Your Love”
Brooklyn synth pop duo HAERTS are back with “Your Love,” the first track taken from their forthcoming second album.
The accompanying video plays up to the sugar-sweet end days of the Cocteau Twins adding to the sad-pop glory first hinted at with the brilliant “Call My Name.”
While their debut self-titled album probably suffered by not quite going all-out 80s synth pop, “Your Love” suggests husband and wife Nini Fabi and Benny Gebert are going full throttle Top Gun.
Perfume Genius – No Shape
Following on from 2014’s brilliant breakout album Too Bright, No Shape – according to Hadreas – takes “church music, make out music, R&B, art pop, krautrock, and queer soul” to create a new form of stadium anthems.
Two tracks have already been released from the album – “Slip Away” and “Go Ahead.”
While the latter is a more glitchy affair you can certainly hear what Hadrea means by stadium rock.
Have a listen to “Slip Away” below.
Sorority Noise – You’re Not As ________ As You Think
However, now that they are well seasoned on album number three You’re Not As ________ As You Think, they are really about as college rock as REM were in 1990.
Having said that, all the boxes for EMO are ticked: band name, interesting album titles, self-flagellating lyrics, big loud screams and lots of power chords.
The album itself was created while frontman Cameron Boucher was dealing with the death of a number of friends, some of them by suicide but it’s not Harry’s Circumcision.
There is some serious introspection here like on the slower tracks “First Letter From St. Sean,” “Car” and “Leave the Fan On” but the album is at its best when Boucher and co. let rip.
Opening track “No Halo” and “Car” are anthems right out of the bag.