With summer beginning to seem like a distant memory (especially considering Aucklanders have only the vague recollection of 2010-11 to take with them into winter due to summer's latest, disappointing turn) in the southern hemisphere, bands prepare to release and tour their forthcoming albums across the northern hemisphere festivals. It pretty much kicks of with South by Southwest later this month, and thus we're currently being spoilt for choice with previews of and full length new releases. Check out some of our favourites, below.
Avant-pop artist Claire Boucher A.K.A Grimes has been kicking it in the D.I.Y punk scene in Montreal and infuses her pop-oriented electronica with an experimental, spontaneous edge, and the video clip for 'Oblivion' off of her forthcoming debut, Visions, only cements this kookiness.
BEACH HOUSE, 'MYTH'
After wowing fans with their critically acclaimed album Teen Dream and performance at Laneway Festival in 2011 Beach House have released a new track that is apparently from a forthcoming album called Bloom. The track contains all the expansive emotional instrumentation we have come to expect from this duo.
JACK WHITE, 'SIXTEEN SALTINES'
Among some awkward moments with Lindsay Lohan on Saturday Night Live recently Jack White performed two tracks from forthcoming - and first - solo album Blunderbuss. The first - complete with all girl backing band - was 'Love Interruption', a cut that's been floating around online for a while, but the second - with an alternately all-male band - called 'Sixteen Saltines' is a raucous, explosive example of why The White Stripes were the shit.
BEACH FOSSILS, 'SHALLOW'
Brooklyn band Beach Fossils have done as many bands before them have and released a video clip that compiles live and tour footage from the past year or so. It's a hazy, romantic look at life on the road complimented by new single 'Shallow', which you can download over here.