Each and every week here at INHAILER, not only are we always on the lookout for amazing new music to play for our listeners, we’re sent music from record promoters and label reps in hopes of getting their artists on the NACC (North American College & Community Radio) charts. Think the Billboard charts but with more of a focus on not only up and coming indie artists but those big name mainstays that are now headlining music festivals around the world. Listening to all of this music is a large undertaking and there is a lot of stuff that doesn’t quite make the cut. Here are the best of our new adds:
Mitski - "Nobody" - Single (Be The Cowboy out August 17th on Dead Oceans)
The latest single from Mitski’s upcoming album Be The Cowboy. This time around we see her going disco instead of cinematic as on the powerful Geyser. That doesn’t mean "Nobody" is a happy tune though. The dance grooves underlay the song but on the surface Mitski sings about a lost love, or a hope for one.
Recommended If You Like: Japanese Breakfast, Snail Mail, Lucy Dacus
2. Gorillaz - The Now Now (Parlophone)
Musician Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett are back with their virtual band Gorillaz. Last year's Humanz was bursting with features from other musicians, which isn’t unlike Gorillaz, but some fans wanted more 2D (Albarn). This album seems like a response to that. The Now, Now is synth heavy, funky, groovy, and more consistent than Humanz.
What We’re Playing Off The Record: Humility, Tranz, Sorcererz
Recommended If You Like: MGMT, The Avalanches, Hot Chip
3. Jim James - Uniform Distortion (ATO)
Best known as the lead singer of My Morning Jacket, Jim James is a force to be reckoned with. This is his fifth solo album, and third of original material. James always finds a different sound to explore on each album, this one is the most similar to MMJ’s southern tinged rock n’ roll. If you’re a My Morning Jacket fan, you’ll absolutely love this.
What We’re Playing Off The Record: Yes To Everything, You Get To Rome
Recommended If You Like: My Morning Jacket, Deer Tick, Kevin Morby
4. The Yugos - "Burning" - Single (Self-Released)
Dropping the same exact day of Moonbeau’s album release show, it’s apparent that Christian Gough, the lead singer of both acts is a very busy man. Nobody was expecting new Yugos and it comes as a welcome surprise. They’ve never sounded more confident and tight. If you can’t picture yourself absolutely going nuts to this song live, you may need to re-evaluate your life. Okay not really but seriously, this song rocks.
Recommended If You Like: The Drums, Coastal Club, Franz Ferdinand
5. Yuno - Moodie EP (Sub Pop)
As a music lover, and one who really enjoys live music, it’s hard to imagine that a musician who just put out his first EP has only been to 4 shows in his life. but that’s Yuno. He is an extremely talented musician who does everything himself. Not just the music either, he takes his own press photos, he designs his album art, he produces, engineers, he’s self-taught, etc. He grew up listening to nearly every genre, pop-punk, metal, hip-hop, reggae, ska, and these sounds shine through in his debut EP.
What We’re Playing Off The Record: Why For, No Going Back, Galapogos
Recommended If You Like: Tame Impala, Hatchie, Wavves
6. The Essex Green - Hardly Electronic (Merge)
The Essex Green just put out their first album in 12 years and it’s like they never left. They were a part of the Elephant-6 Collective scene of the late 90’s and their quirky easy-going sound translates well to 2018. Inspired by the psychedelic sounds of the 60’s as well as folk-rock, The Essex Green will immediately put you in a happy mood, no matter the circumstance.
What We’re Playing Off The Record: Sloane Ranger
Recommended If You Like: Belle & Sebastian, The Apples In Stereo, Belulah
7. The Ophelias - Almost (Out July 13th on Joyful Noise Recordings)
It’s rare that a band who formed in high school actually make it, but Cincinnati’s The Ophelias are proof that it’s possible. Before they formed, they were all the “token girl” in the various dude-bands they were in. Produced by Why?’s Yoni Wolf, Almost explores the juxtaposition of youth through a blend of understated rock, baroque pop and wide-skied atmospheres.
What We’re Playing Off The Record: Fog, General Electric
Recommended If You Like: Girlpool, Why?, Palehound