Foo Fighters are on hiatus, but Kendrick is back — so goes the music world. Just when you think you’ve hit a new low, some amazing surprise pops up to bring some light back into the world. So, if you’re feeling bummed about Dave and the Foos kicking back for a bit, revel in some of these new jams and get your mind off of your troubles.
10. TOKiMONSTA feat. Jonny Pierce – “Giving Up”
“Mini” only in track length, TOKiMONSTA’s Fovere (available now via Young Art Records) is a star-studded expansion of the LA beatsmith’s production palette. After premiering the Anderson .Paak-featuring “Put It Down” in November, TOKiMONSTA has followed it up with the unexpectedly celestial “Giving Up”. Enlisting the vocals chops of Jonny Pierce and the low-end pulse of funk maestro Erick “Jesus” Coomes of Lettuce, TOKiMONSTA has crafted a slightly melancholy take on dream pop. Pierce takes the lead on this cut, TOKiMONSTA showcasing just a small taste of lighthearted, effervescent club culture about a minute in. –Derek Staples
09. Alyeska – “EverGlow'”
Fun fact of the day! Alyeska is apparently an archaic Aleut spelling of the word Alaska, which itself translates to “great land.” Alyeska also happens to be the name chosen by LA-based musician Alaska Reid for her retro-leaning indie rock outfit. Together with Ben Spear and Enzo Scardapane, Reid digs up some classic ’90s alt rock sounds, her powerful vocals leading the way. “EverGlow” has been a highlight in live performances for a little while, but it’s no wonder Reid and co. recorded the tune properly, presumably in time for Alyeska’s upcoming debut album, which is expected sometime this summer. –Adam Kivel
08. Leapling – “Alabaster Snow”
Brooklyn trio Leapling jumps the farthest distance by making the shortest shifts mid-song. Single “Alabaster Snow” does an exemplary job at flaunting that. While frontman Dan Arnes sings about feigned optimism, the guitar makes its way through a series of subtle chord changes that give the illusion of a drastic emotional shift. With brief backing vocals and the occasional bass slide, the whole thing finds comfort in repetition — particularly thanks to the song’s jazz-styled drumming. There’s more to follow when the rest of the LP, Suspended Animation, drops June 10th via Exploding in Sound. –Nina Corcoran