New tunes of all kinds by SOPHIE, The Horrors, Melody's Echo Chamber and more
Melody's Echo Chamber: Breathe In, Breathe Out
French musician Melody Prochet (aka Melody's Echo Chamber) will release her second album—her first new music in six years—this summer, and "Breathe In, Breathe Out" is the third track she's shared from it. Prochet's pretty vocals trace over the scuzzy guitar-laden psych rock. The tune ebbs and flows, but without being jarring—rather it maneuvers in odd ways that seem entirely effortless. Bon Voyage is due to be released in June this year.
Beach House: Dark Spring
The opening track (and third release from) Beach House's forthcoming album 7, "Dark Spring" arrives with a stark black-and-white video directed by Zia Anger, who refers to the work as "an anomaly in process." The band also says the track deals with beauty that grows when dealing with darkness. It's as dreamlike as we've come to expect from the band, but there's a sense of urgency driving the percussion that unsettles as it tantalizes.
LA-based SOPHIE (multi-talented producer, singer, songwriter and DJ) has been releasing diverse new tracks over the past few months—from the sweet "It's Okay to Cry" to the manic, sexy "Ponyboy." Today the glitchy, abrasive banger "Faceshopping" gets its own distorted video. The red-headed artist's face morphs in all kinds of ways in the clip, along with not-so-subliminal messages pertaining to the song's theme. Incredibly textured, this track is mechanical and metallic, yet has plenty of pop flourishes to keep it accessible. SOPHIE's debut studio album is expected this year.
The Horrors: Water Drop
Drawn from the recording sessions that would ultimately lead to last year's V, "Water Drop" is one of two powerful, throbbing deep cuts just released by The Horrors. The track was originally the latter half of one lengthy song and now makes for the conclusive counterpart to another new song, "Fire Escape," which shares its intensity. Fans of the band will surely feel rewarded by a listen to both.
Eels: Bone Dry
Playfully macabre and unsurprisingly catchy, "Bone Dry" hails from the Eels' first new album since 2014, The Destruction, out now. With its release came the aforementioned track's captivating stop-motion animation music video. Directed by Sofia Astrom, the graveyard mood, narrative and environment matches Mark Oliver Everett's vocals and dark lyricism perfectly.