Sylvan Esso – Play It Right

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Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn of Megafaun joined forces last year to create Sylvan Esso. As part of the lead-up to their impending debut LP, today the North Carolina duo re-released one of their first-ever tracks “Play it Right.” The song was originally by Meath’s alma mater but was then debuted by Sylvan Esso this past August. “Play it Right” is a swirling bouquet of sound that combines Amelia’s folksy vocals with Sanborn’s sweeping synth and basslines. Give it a listen below, and hit the jump to see them perform the track at a recent Sofar Sounds show in London.

STREAM: Sylvan Esso – “Play It Right”

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Lana Del Rey – West Coast

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If you’re not drinking, then you’re not playing

After some false starts, teaser billboards and a Coachella preview, Lana Del Rey finally, with little fanfare, released a track off her imminent second album Ultraviolence this morning. The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach was confirmed in February as the album’s producer, and his gritty, bluesy influence is palpable in this first single.

It’s been a while since we’ve heard something truly new, and “West Coast” is nice, yes, but it’s no expansive, commanding, masterpiece first single. If we can compare it to anything off Born To Die, it’s like a softer, darker “Diet Mountain Dew.” But LDR is still a master of duality here, balancing darkness & light, passivity & insistence, dependence & independence. Ultraviolence will be out via Interscope whenever she decides, but our best bet is sometime in May. Until then, a black and white Lana spinning circles on the beach will ease us into spring.

You can catch Lana Del Rey headlining this year’s sweetlife festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, May 10th.

Phantogram – Fall In Love (Until The Ribbon Breaks Reimagination)

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Phantogram‘s powerhouse single “Fall In Love,” already a masterpiece in itself, gets an almost impossibly delicate reimagination from Until The Ribbon Breaks. This is one of those songs you don’t notice is happening to you until you’re already in orbit, miles above the earth, suspended in this gradual, ethereal rework. Whoever said the best things in life are worth the wait was probably waiting for this song for proof. Stream it below or take a Phantogram-inspired trip to outer space with our friend Sandy Bullock.

STREAM: Phantogram – “Fall In Love (Until The Ribbon Breaks Reimagination)”

Introducing: Siren

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Siren prove themselves deserving of their namesake with debut single “I Think I Like You.” Comprised of longtime friends Kat Ostenberg and Skyler Stonestreet, the L.A. duo operates with the same vocal affinity that makes contemporaries like Say Lou Lou so damn good. If this alluring pop masterpiece is a sign of things to come, consider ourselves very excited for new music from these two. Stream “I Think I Like You” below.

STREAM: Siren – “I Think I Like You”

Introducing: TALA

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London newcomer TALA has an air of mystery about her. New track “The Duchess” is a confident, thumping debut along the lines of Purity Ring. It’s got a fizzing handclap beat, ominous synths and airy vocal loops. The song’s greatest asset might just be its attitude, which seems both defiant and playful. Turn your speakers up because TALA deserves your full attention. Check out “The Duchess” below.

STREAM: TALA – “The Duchess”

LAYLA – Smokestacks

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Ballads should start with a slow crescendo. This rule isn’t written in stone, but everybody accepts it as fact. Well, at least LAYLA does if “Smokestacks” is any indication. The London artist’s latest track has a hazy beginning, but forty seconds in her vocals cut through the fog like a knife. The track’s replay value becomes evident once LAYLA picks things up at the beginning of the chorus. From there she drives “Smokestacks” higher and higher until a crashing, string-backed breakdown. And let’s not forget the subtle touches LAYLA weaves in throughout the song (like that whistle at 0:49), which provide the finishing touches to a truly epic ballad. Stream “Smokestacks” below.

STREAM: Layla – “Smokestacks”

Nola Wren – Soul Sucker

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If Alex Winston had a gritty side, we think it’d sound a bit like Nola Wren. Her latest track “Soul Sucker” is, according to the nocturnal NYC singer-songwriter, a “new demo of an old song.” Regardless of which iteration this version ends up being, we have to say it sounds pretty good. Enjoy this piece of reverb-drenched power pop below.

STREAM: Nola Wren – “Soul Sucker”

X priest X – Isn’t It So

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Emotion Records, Sweden’s patron saints of synth pop, have found something good in Florida. The Stockholm imprint that brought us Karl X Johan and World Tour just unveiled this stunning new track from X priest X, an Orlando duo who make what Noisey is calling “post-apocalyptic dream songs.” Celestial melodies and elegant, understated production cut straight to the heart in the prettiest song about drug addiction and the end of days you’ll hear all week. Stream “Isn’t It So” below.

“Isn’t It So” will appear on X priest X’s debut Samurai EP, out April 15th on Emotion.

STREAM: X priest X – “Isn’t It So”

Marika Hackman – I Follow Rivers (Lykke Li Cover)

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Marika Hackman’s cover of Lykke Li’s “I Follow Rivers” is spooky. There is a seductive heaviness to the London artist’s version that hits hard whenever she moves into the chorus or digs into minor chords. She brings out a darkness absent from the original using her own inventions (a ghoulish harmony that bleeds in and out the song, for example), but you’ll no doubt recognize a few sounds that she has isolated and reinterpreted.

Keep an eye out for Marika Hackman’s upcoming Deaf Heat EP, out April 14th via Dirty Hit. Until then, enjoy her rendition of “I Follow Rivers” below.

STREAM: Marika Hackman – “I Follow Rivers (Lykke Li Cover)”

HAERTS – Call My Name

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Everyone’s favorite dream-weavers HAERTS are back with a brand new original: “Call My Name.” Their first foray into self-produced work, “Call My Name” is more dialed back than anything you’ll find on their Hemiplegia EP but is just as, if not more, dreamy. Stream this timeless gem below.

STREAM: HAERTS – “Call My Name”