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The releases are coming in bulk in June—just in time for you to curate your ultimate summer playlist. Take a peek at the best new music hitting the airwaves this month.
Love You to Deathby Tegan and Sara
Your favorite set of Canadian-born twins is onto their eighth studio album with this release. Love You to Death arrives on the heels of 2013'sHeartthrob, which gave us their dancey single "Closer." Besides an indie-pop hit, the song was a hint towards the '80s pop vibe the sisters would take on in this LP—"Stop Desire" is a prime example.
Stranger to Strangerby Paul Simon
Legendary songwriter and one half of Simon & Garfunkel shows his experimental side with this record. It was co-produced by his long-time collaborator Roy Halee, who, at 81 years old, has been working with Simon since his Garfunkel days; while some of the beats were created by electronic DJ Clap! Clap! with traces of tribal motifs. It's a hybrid of tradition and experimentation, and the result is more than pleasing.
Faraway Reachby Classixx
This L.A.-based dance duet is welcoming their sophomore album. The introductory Hanging Gardens(2013) was heavy on the vocal features, andFaraway Reachseems to follow suit. Classixx turned heads when they teamed up with GoPro to release their official music video for "Whatever I Want," which stars T-Pain in a recreation of The Smith's "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This Before" video.
Last Year Was Complicatedby Nick Jonas
With the release of "Jealous" in 2014, Jonas reemerged on the scene with the vocals and sex appeal that could rival Miguel's and a music career ripe for takeoff (again). His steamy debut album (Nick Jonas x2, 2015) was about seduction, and the succeeding LP is about the heartbreak that follows. His music video for "Chainsaw" co-starring Sara Sampaio is a perfect visual representation of that.
Breakin' Pointby Peter Bjorn & John
This is the group's first new record in more than five years. With this one, the trio is focusing on "creating big pop songs" and "crafting an album that is complex while sounding effortless," they said in a press release. They announced their new album with the release of an electric single, "What You Talking About?" Don't worry, those recognizable whistle riffs have not been lost.
Thick as Thievesby The Temper Trap
It's been roughly seven years since the release of Temper Trap's indie anthem, "Sweet Disposition" on their debut Conditions. Now, the Aussie rock group is on the brink of its third studio album with single "Burn" as a foot-tapping precursor for the full LP to come.
Fitz and the Tantrumsby Fitz and the Tantrums
For their third studio album, this retro-soul-inspired outfit is going self-titled—an "empowering" move according to Noelle Scaggs, whose bellowing vocals give their tracks some much-needed depth. Trailing behind their 2013 releaseMore Than Just a Dream—which gave us the hit "Out of My League"— the eponymous EP promises to keep up the high energy. Case in point: "HandClap."
Pure McCartneyby Paul McCartney
How do you even begin to encompass a career as successful and lengthy as Sir Paul McCartney's? According to the icon himself, it's by compiling and curating 67 of his originals, dating as far back as his 1970 debut as a solo act. "Maybe I'm Amazed," "Live and Let Die" and others are among the famed tracks.
Double Vanityby BRONCHO
Much like other artists on this list, this grungy Okhlahoma-born punk quartet approaches its third studio album milestone. With its drained sound, it seems to lack the candied appeal rampant in Just Enough Hip to be a Woman with songs like "Class Historian," but that doesn't make it any less likable.
Strange Little Birdsby Garbage
This is the rock group's first album since the 2015 re-release of their eponymous debut record on its 20th anniversary. Despite the many passed years, Shirley Manson, the face of the band, told that the focus with this project was "keeping it fresh." And it seems like it worked.
Puberty 2by Mitski
The latest from Mitski was her 2014 Bury Me at Makeout Creekalbum, a critically-acclaimed project that she recorded in makeshift studios with some fellow musicians.Puberty 2is a highly-anticipated follow up which marks the fourth record for the indie artist. She treated us to "Your Best American Girl" when she announced the album and her North American tour earlier this year.
The Getawayby Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rock faves RHCP returns with their first album in five years sinceI'm With Youin 2011, and we've already gotten a taste of a few groovy singles. "Dark Necessities" shows off a strong funk vibe with a bass line that promises to get stuck in your head for days (thanks, Flea), and the more recent "The Getaway" is equally addicting. Interestingly, the record was produced by Danger Mouse instead of longtime collaborator Rick Rubin.
Johannesburgby Mumford & Sons
The folk quartet powerhouse startled fans during last year's album release ofWilder Mind, when it debuted a more obvious rock sound. This year, we're in for another surprise, but on a mellower note. Johannesburgis a collaboration with African artists The Very Best, Baaba Maal and Beatenberg, which they recorded while touring South Africa. The result is a warm mixture of native sounds and Mumford's signature.
True Sadnessby The Avett Brothers
This marks the ninth studio full-length for the sibling-led folk rock group, and the singles foreshadow what's to come on the album. "Ain't No Man" is an minimalist, percussive anthem, while "Divorce Separation Blues" is a story of bittersweetly moving on. (Seth Avett was divorced in 2013.) Both feature stronger, if not campier, bluegrass influences.
Act Oneby Marian Hill
The Philly-based duo makes its full-length debut with the rightfully titledAct One, which succeeds their seven-song EP,Sway,from 2015. Samantha Gongol's light and airy vocals resonate through their melodies with quick, clever licks—as fans might already know from "Lips" or "One Time." New songs "I Know Why," "I Want You" and "Down" suggest you'll be seeing more of their minimalistic electro work you already love on the LP.
This rising brother-sister duo—consisting of singer Georgia Nott and producer Caleb Nott—hails from Auckland, New Zealand, but is already making a mark on U.S. charts.
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