Mideau are a new duo straight out of the cultural hotbed of Provo, Utah, who are clearly onto something with their sunny disposition and radiant debut single, “Way With Words”. All extra-soothing power vocals and high-energy guitars, it’s reminiscent of a tousled mix between Feist, Mr. Little Jeans, and Atlas Genius. Their debut video arrives today, a one-shot one-man wonder that we’re not entirely sure isn’t found Wes Anderson B-roll footage, but that’s praise of the highest caliber coming from us. Catch Mideau at SXSW next month and be sure to keep an eye on this lot in the months to come.
Without further ado, Magic Man step out today with their first ever music video for hotter-than-blazes debut single “Paris“, which is steadily making its way up the alternative charts as the band traverse the country with New Politics this month. Directed by Mimi Cave, it’s a surrealist work of video magic, all headless, unraveling bodies and highly kinetic dancers intercut with glorious nature shots of the band for a Dali-esque trip through our Walden-est fantasies. Magic Man make their headline debut on Popshop West tomorrow at The Echo in Los Angeles, but with only a handful of tickets left on sale you’re gonna want to get a move on if you want to get in on the action.
We’ve met quite a few popstars in our day, and we can say without a shadow of doubt that Tove Lo is one of the great ones, destined for truly massive things in the year to come and beyond. And so it’s with great pleasure that we welcome her to the Neon Gold family today, as we prepare her debut Truth Serum EP for release March 4th ahead of her stateside live debut at SXSW.
Far and away the best straight-ahead popstar we’ve worked with since the early days of Ellie and Marina, Tove arrives with a six-shooter EP bursting at the seams with widescreen pop anthems. Those familiar with Tove no doubt already know and love early offerings “Love Ballad” (smash), “Out of Mind” (smash) and lead single “Habits” (SMASH), but Truth Serum goes above and beyond to deliver three more massive additions to Tove’s oeuvre. “Paradise” rumbles through three minutes of spaced-out jungle-and-bass while “Over” nails the EP’s unabashed superballad moment, but it’s “Not On Drugs” that stands out as the best new offering of the bunch with its skyscraping melodies and planets-colliding pop gravitas.
It’s a blistering debut through and through, a twisted wonderland of bleeding hearts and party favors, all dressed up in a hot pink ski mask and string bikini. Truth Serum is out in two weeks’ time on mega-limited edition pink cadillac 10″ vinyl and already feels like an instant pop classic. Stream lead single “Habits” below and get your preorder in HERE, because let’s face it, this one’s a collector’s item.
Brooklyn’s Chordashian have been making quite a name for themselves around town recently, and today return with brand new single “Questions”, featuring none other than the Lower East Side’s finest, Frances Rose, on vocal duties. After catching the eye of Kitsuné on debut single “Vampire” – still one of the better debuts to come out of this town in recent memory – the Frances Rose sisters make their return to the scene over one of Chordashian’s finest instrumentals to date. “Questions” is a smooth-sailing space odyssey through and through, as Chordashian’s lush magnetic production whisks the sisters to a galaxy far far away on the wings of churning synths and swirling atmospherics. Catch the exclusive premiere below, and don’t miss Chordashian as they support The Knocks‘ at the Comfortable EP launch party tomorrow night (tickets HERE).
There’s a new mystery band in town. They’re called Mother, hail from Brooklyn, and that’s about all you need to know for now. Fortunately debut single “Easy” speaks volumes on its own, the kind of brooding, concrete jungle noir-wave that’s right up our street. Fully loaded with airtight guitars, smoked-out vocals, and icy synths, it comes together perfectly all wrapped up in a weathered leather jacket under the neon lights of the city. Don’t miss Mother make their live debut at Popshop West this Friday at the Echo, tix still available HERE.
To coincide with the release of their new EP (out TODAY on Neon Gold), The Knocks have just rolled out their brand new Ace Norton-directed video for title track “Comfortable”, and my oh my. It’s a twisted Eyes Wide Shut-esque passage through a Lynchian dream we’re pretty sure we had once, and it’s easily one of our favorite clips of the year. The Knocks’ Comfortable EP is out now on Neon Gold, available digitally HERE and physically on limited edition purple 12″ vinyl HERE. Plus tickets are still available HERE for their EP launch party Thursday at Le Poisson Rouge, get involved now while you still can.
We first heard Bleachers behind closed doors at Sony Towers last summer, but today at long last the new project from Fun‘s Jack Antonoff takes its first steps into the world with debut single “I Wanna Get Better”. Swinging for the fences on their first at bat, “Better” is a piano-driven epic that shines like the rough gems of the Killers early output with all the shades of The Boss that you’d expect from a Jersey kid now living in the big city. Somehow that massive chorus (“I didn’t know I was lonely ’til I saw your face”) feels like it belongs in the ’90s, the ’00s, now and tomorrow all at the same damn time, and if this isn’t sync gold for every young adult coming-of-age film this year (wonder if these guys know anyone at Girls?), then we don’t know what is. Get familiar below.
After ruling the world with last year’s viral sensation “Somebody Loves You”, Betty Who is back in action with a brand new single in “Heartbreak Dream”, off her forthcoming Slow Dancing EP. Once again teaming up with production wunderkind Peter Thomas behind the desk, “Heartbreak” finds Betty opening her heart into a dazzling pop powerhouse that goes down a dream, like pink lemonade iced with sugar cubes. “Heartbreak Dream” is out now, and be sure to keep an eye out for the Slow Dancing EP to coincide with Betty’s first national tour this spring.
We’ve been fully on board with the permasummer sensibilities of Miniature Tigers since they first growled onto the scene back in 2008. Now with a flawlessly-titled new record called Cruel Runnings on the horizon, they’re teasing things out with lead single “Swimming Pool Blues”, premiering exclusively on Neon Gold today. As Charlie Brand’s bubbling vocals flood you with warmth, it all goes full-on heatwave in the chorus as you’re showered in jacuzzi synths and breezy yeah-yeahs. It’s a ferocious comeback from the Mini Tigers and just one of many delights that lay ahead on their forthcoming LP (keep an eye out for the impossibly perfect “We Used To Be The Shit”). Dive in below, and be sure to catch the Tigers in the wild as they set out on their co-headline tour with Bear Hands next week.
To celebrate hitting 50,000 Facebook fans and the release of their Comfortable EP (out this week), The Knocks just dropped their fresh-out-the-oven remix of St. Lucia‘s hit du jour, “Elevate”. As the mounting anticipation of the opening builds to its breaking point, things spiral into a sparkling nu-balearic twist that never lets up, like a private jet that uplifts the original into technicolor clouds and parts the heavens for 6 minutes of dance floor euphoria. It’s the perfect union of two of the foremost figures in the Neon Gold family, and the perfect prelude to The Knocks’ EP release party at Le Poisson Rouge this Thursday (tix HERE). Take off below.