A few bands on this week’s list are overdue when it comes to new material. Here are some hints of what’s to come.
1. The Lumineers, Gloria
Single (for now) (Dine Alone)
Recommended If You Like: The idea of more Lumineers
With the third anniversary of the Cleopatra album upon us (it came out April 8, 2016), it’s time for a new record. There have been some Instagram teases with the hashtag #whoarethesparks, leading to speculation that it might be called The Sparks, but we’ll see. This is the first single
2. Jane’s Party, Satellite
Casual Island (Independent)
RIYL: Toronto-bred pop/alt-rock
This Toronto four-piece has been doggedly working their way up the later for the last dozen years or so. Momentum has continued to build with the release of their fourth album, which came out back in February. They’ll be playing sporadic gigs throughout southern Ontario throughout the spring.
3. Fitz and the Tantrums, 123456
Single (for now) (Elektra)
RIYL: Blue-eyed soul
Here’s another band who are due for a new album. The new single—their first piece of new music in three years—is dangerously earworm-y. There’s a summer touring coming up with Young the Giant starting in June, so maybe we’ll hear about a fourth album by then.
4. Two Door Cinema Club, Talk
Single (for now) (Glassnote)
RIYL: MGMT, Phoenix, Foster the People
Again with a band who hasn’t released any new music in three years. “Talk” should be the first single from a still-untitled album that will follow up 2016’s Gameshow. And this is quirky: The video for this song was directed by Max Sidentopf, the conceptual artist who came up with the installation in the Namibian desert designed to play Toto’s “Africa” for all eternity.
5. Ivory Hours, Boys Club
Out of My Mind (Independent)
RIYL: Something mildly art-rocky in a Neverending White Lights sort of way
Not so much a band as the vehicle for Canadian multi-instrumentalist Luke Roes. Based between London and Toronto, Roes (joined by drummer Thomas Perquin, and Caron Ouelette on bass), the new single tackles all sorts of youthful fears of rejection and alienation.
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