In the past few weeks it has suddenly become a rather exciting time for new music. The Strokes have a new album out in just a few days, Vampire Weekend has sent out some new singles and Justin Timberlake has made his much-anticipated return to music. In between all of the headlines are plenty of other new songs and albums that are being released by some indie favorites. Here are three songs that should bring plenty of anticipation for the rest of what spring has to offer.
1. “All The Time” – The Strokes
The Strokes have returned with the single “All the Time” after just a two-year hiatus following the release of Angles in March of 2011. “All the Time” kind of combines all of the different Strokes eras into one song. The riffs near the middle of the song sound like something off of Angles or First Impressions of Earth, the beginning sounds like the start off a song off of Is This It? and the end comes down like a classic Strokes jam off of Room On Fire. The band also released a music video for the song, which is a collection of nostalgic clips from their past. The full album Comedown Machine is being streamed online at www.pitchfork.com.
2. “Step” – Vampire Weekend
Perhaps the most anticipated release of the spring will be Vampire Weekend’s third album, Modern Vampires of the City. “Step” is a dreamy-rift like piece that sounds like a mix of their first self-titled album and their second album Contra. Lead singer Ezra Koenig hits his usual high-pitch notes in parts of the song but also half whispers and sounds dangerously like Andrew VanWyngarden from MGMT. “Step” is a solid next step (no pun intended) for a band that has been all but invisible for the past few years.
3. “Shine” – Wild Belle
Enough people have covered the comeback of Justin Timberlake. Wild Belle is the real band that needs to be watched out for. This is a brother/sister duo that plays a type of reggae/pop genre that comes just in time for the warm weather. “Shine” uses a catchy riff and soft lyrics to allure the listener. It sounds like what Jack Johnson would sound like if he was a woman and used horns in his music, if that makes any sense at all. “Shine” may not be one of the hits on Wild Belle’s debut album Isles, but it is one of the songs in the middle that makes the album complete.