“Capacity” by Charly Bliss

Barsuk Records

Charly Bliss‘ 2017 debut Guppy was an instant classic — a thrilling, pitch-perfect collection of 90s-owing grunge pop that never felt like a rehash.

This week we got a sign of things to come from the New York power-poppers with synth-heavy new track “Capacity,” the first single from their forthcoming sophomore LP Young Enough. The album comes out May 10.


“La Vie En Rose” by Lucy Dacus

Matador Records

I’d like to think songwriters extraordinaire Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers are competing to see who can have a cooler musical career right now. Both released critically-acclaimed albums in the past 16 months (Bridgers’ Stranger in the Alps came out in September 2017; Dacus’ Historian in March 2018), after which the two collaborated together (along with Julien Baker) on the amazing Boygenius EP.

Bridgers made headlines last month with the surprise release of Better Oblivion Community Center, the amazing debut from her project with Conor fucking Oberst, Mr. Bright Eyes himself. Nothing cooler than that, right?

Well… Dacus’ sensational, bilingual take on the French standard “La Vie en Rose” — the romantic, heart-racing first song from a planned holiday-themed series of covers in 2019 — might just be. Make sure it’s prominently placed in your Valentine’s Day playlist this year.


“Self of Steam” by Record Setter

We’re Trying Records

The good folks at We’re Trying Records, which brought us the stellar Kidlat record in December, has a brand-new split EP showcasing three more promising bands from the Texas-based label’s roster: Sylvania Ave., Genius Christ and Record Setter. “Self of Steam” by the latter of the three is a perfect entry point. Check out the full split on Spotify.


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