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Alt-J – “U&ME”
Alt-J have announced their fourth album, The Dream, which is out on February 11th. As part of the announcement, they’ve shared a video for their new single “U&ME.” The track marks the band’s “most honest song to date,” according to a release. The new single came out of Alt-J soundchecks. Joe Newman says that the song then “gathered momentum on its own.” The accompanying Prosper Unger-Hamilton-directed music video comes packed with gritty footage of Alt-J performances, fireworks, and skateboarding.
Arkells – “Arm In Arm”
“Arm In Arm” comes from the Arkells’ resilient new album, Blink Once. “Blink Once is about resilience,” frontman Max Kerman explains. “It’s about grieving with loss and fall outs and finding your way back. The making of the album began before the pandemic, but the material seems to hit harder after everything we’ve been through over the past 18 months. These songs are about finding comfort in your family, community and music.”
Jungle – “Truth”
In July, Jungle released their retro pop single, “Truth.” “‘Truth’ is another moment on the record which came very quickly and naturally,” Jungle’s J&T explains. “It was the most different sounding thing we had made at the time, and for that reason couldn’t ignore it. For us it’s about youth, love and trust. The feeling of finding someone who means more than anything else in the world.”
Aviv – “Black Coffee”
Toronto bedroom pop artist Aviv’s song “Black Coffee” is all about reconciling with the ones you love. “In a year like this, a lot of people came into and out of my life,” Aviv says. “I learned that when things come to an immediate stop you have two options; either you give into the times and cut yourself off completely, or you put effort to continue connections. I know all of us had those friendships that frittered away through time, I hope everyone can connect and enjoy black coffee in their own way.”
Dave Monks – “Can’t Put My Fire Out”
Tokyo Police Club frontman Dave Monks has shared his “mission statement” on “Can’t Put My Fire Out.” “‘Can’t Put My Fire Out’ is a mission statement for me,” Monks explains. “A reminder that the most powerful part of what I do is free from time and money and can never be taken away from me. No matter where I am or what I am doing, the world is there to ignite my imagination. Whether it’s in celebration, defiance, desperation or for the thrill of it, choosing to make something of it all gives me the power to keep going and believe in what I’m doing.”