Welcome to Five Fresh Tracks for New Music Friday.
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This week our ears were perked up by Joan As Police Woman, ARLO, TAPZ, The Night Café, and Lola Kirke. Check them out below while you practice your new tongue twister. You’re welcome.
Joan As Police Woman – ‘Kiss’
Joan Wasser, aka Joan As Police Woman, has given Prince’s sensual classic ‘Kiss’ a languid, stripped back twist.
It’s the second track to be taken from her upcoming album, Joanthology – set to be released May 24th via Play It Again Sam.
ARLO – ‘Rivers’
East London based soul-pop artist ARLO has shared ‘Rivers’, a slow-burning track decorated with restrained vocals and deliberate arrangement.
On his latest offering, ARLO said: “Rivers is a fun song with a meaningful message. It’s me saying to myself that the bad times won’t last forever, there has to be some good news around the corner. It’s saying –please get back up and don’t give up on the things that make you happy. Rivers have to dry up in the end.”
TAPZ – ‘Juice’
Zimbabwe-born, New Zealand raised, New York-based TAPZ has shared his triumphant first track of 2019: ‘Juice’, the first tantalizing taste of a forthcoming project.
On the track, TAPZ said: “Juice” compares the exploitation of black culture to orange juice, through a first-person account of my own experiences. Playing on the concept of having the “juice”, a phrase popularised by social media, I aim to turn the tables, taking ownership of my individuality, and distancing myself from anyone that denied me of my voice/Juice. I’ve always had the Juice, it’s just that now people wanna drink from the fountain.”
The Night Café – ‘Please’
It’s been an exciting week for The Night Café, who have announced their debut album 0151, two new tracks and a UK headline tour.
‘Please’ is one of two initial tracks to be taken from the Liverpool group’s forthcoming album, set to be released August 23rd via AWAL Recordings.
Lola Kirke – ‘Omens’
Lola Kirke has shared the second of a pair of singles recorded with Matthew E. White.
‘Omens’ is accompanied by warm, hazy visuals directed by Nathan Silver.
On her latest offering, Kirk said: “In this bizarre culture that largely gets love all wrong, I think we’re taught to objectify the people we’re romantically interested in, to assign to the magical qualities and make them into ‘omens’ so to speak,” says Kirke of the track. “This song is about the line between fantasy and reality, love and obsession, what’s good for us and what’s not so good for us. With it, as with all my songs, I hoped to reconcile my own weird shit, but also to construct a sort of prayer for a return to self: I don’t want anyone else.”
Listen to these five fresh tracks and more at the Music Crowns Spotify playlist.