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:
1. Better Oblivion Community Center - Better Oblivion Community Center (Dead Oceans)
The surprise duo of indie mainstay Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos) and newcomer Phoebe Bridgers. Their folk-rock debut has a loose concept of a dystopian wellness facility and the songs within cover ground from wellness to escape to alienation and solitude.
Recommended If You Like: Phoebe Bridgers, Conor Oberst, Bright Eyes
What We’re Playing Off The Record: Dylan Thomas, Sleepwalkin’, Exception To The Rule
2. Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride [Advance Tracks] (Out 5/10 on Columbia)
After 6 long years we are finally getting new Vampire Weekend. Founding member Rostam has since left the group, but he still contributed to the upcoming album, Father of the Bride. We’ll be getting 2 songs a month until we are finally graced with the full 18 tracks later this summer.
Recommended If You Like: Paul Simon, Rostam, The Grateful Dead
What We’re Playing Off The Record: Harmony Hall, 2021
3. James Blake - Assume Form (Polydor)
Ten years after his debut, producer/ singer/ songwriter, James Blake, returns with his fourth studio album, Assume Form. After working with Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Bon Iver and more, Blake has carved out a spot for himself in the music industry, both on the producing and songwriting side. With an eerie style uniquely his own, Blake brought on Travis Scott, Andre 3000, Moses Sumney and more to flesh out his songs about his relationships and life after moving from London to Los Angeles.
Recommended If You Like: Sampha, Mount Kimbie, SBTRKT
What We’re Playing Off The Record: Tell Them (Feat. Moses Sumney & Metro Boomin), Where’s The Catch (Feat. Andre 3000)
4. Lizzo - Juice [Single] (Atlantic)
If you don’t know who Lizzo is by now, then stop what you’re doing and dive right in. As far as I know, Lizzo is the only rapper and singer who can, and does, whip out a flute solo and make it look cool at most of her live shows, all while having her entire group of back-up dancers consisting of plus-size dancers, “The Big Grrrls”. Her first LP in 4 years is coming later this year titled ‘Cuz I Love You’ and mark my words, you’re going to see a lot more amazing things from her this year.
Recommended If You Like: Janelle Monae, Kali Uchis, Beyonce
5. Cage The Elephant - Ready To Let Go [Single] (RCA)
Sometimes the best art comes from turmoil and suffering and this may be the case for Cage The Elephant’s 6th studio album ‘Social Cues’ out April 6th. Lead singer Matt Shultz recently got divorced from his wife of 7 years and this album came out of the strife that divorce brings. Following their 2015 hit album ‘Tell Me I’m Pretty produced by Dan Auerbach, Shultz and company took inspiration from Brian Wilson and have band members try out instruments they wouldn’t normally play. ‘Social Cues’ may be their most ambitious record to date for these Bowling Green boys.
Recommended If You Like: Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, Cold War Kids
6. Cherry Glazerr - Stuffed & Ready (Secretly Canadian)
What started as the solo project for a 15 year old Clementine Creevy has blossomed into something much greater. The now 22 year old Clementine now has a full band behind her and their 90’s inspired garage and emo sound has never sounded more massive. With 2017’s Apocalipstick being released on inauguration day of #45, and full of anger at the world’s injustices, Stuffed & Ready sees Clem look inward this time around and explore herself. “I’m exploring my own self-doubt. I’m confused about what happiness is and I’m searching for my place in the world. With Apocalipstick, I was an over-confident teenager trying to solve the world’s problems. With Stuffed & Ready, I’m a much more weary and perhaps cynical woman who believes you need to figure your own self out first.”
Recommended If You Like: Chastity Belt, Girlpool, Palehound
What We’re Playing Off The Record: Daddy, Juicy Socks, Wasted Nun
7. Emily King - Scenery (ATO)
Born and raised in Manhattan, Emily King has been making music since 2004 but leaving NYC for a new home upstate New York nestled in the Catskill Mountains is really what helped her come into her own as one of 2019’s future stars. Moving can be a challenge and a change and King took those feelings and pushed herself in her music as well. She’s never sounded more confident and her hooks and melodies have never sounded better.
Recommended If You Like: Natalie Prass, Alabama Shakes, Amber Mark
What We’re Playing Off The Record: Can’t Hold Me, Remind Me, Look At Me Now
8. The Twilight Sad - It Won/t Be Like This All the Time (Rock Action)
Scotland’s The Twilight Sad are Robert Smith of The Cure’s favorite band and it shows. The Cure hand-picked them as support for their recent world tour and Smith acted as a mentor for their 5th album. Citing influence from Arab Strap to Arcade Fire to Leonard Cohen, lead singer James Grahm describes their sound as “folk with layers of noise”. You definitely get that from their songs, as well as melodrama made famous by bands such as The Cure and Joy Division.
Recommended If You Like: The Cure, The Joy Formidable, Echo & The Bunneymen
What We’re Playing Off The Record: I/m Not Here [missing face], [10 Good Reasons For Modern Drugs], Videograms