New Music Tuesday: Austra, Pet Shop Boys, Joanna Gruesome, St. Lucia, Crystal Fighters, and San Cisco
Photo: Austra at Festival d'été de Québec 2013 by Laura Baker-Finch
Austra, Pet Shop Boys, Joanna Gruesome, St. Lucia, Crystal Fighters and San Cisco top today's video, single, and album releases.
Austra has released "Painful Like," the second video from their new album Olympia. The video begins with three LED-lit men emerging from a slimy alien-like encasement before dashing down an alley and taking off on roller blades. Austra sings from inside a portable television at a skatepark before the television is eventually discarded, only to be claimed by a creature than resembles Audrey II à la Little Shop of Horrors. The video was directed by Exploding Motor Car, who specializes in hand-made effects and puppet-making.
Peruse our photo gallery from Austra's performance at Canada's Festival d'été de Québec, and you can see them live this summer at Ottawa Blues Fest, Melt!, Latitude, Øya, Way Out West, and Flow.
English electronic pop duo Pet Shop Boys are back with their latest album Electric. The group has sold more than 50 million records worldwide since their 1982 incarnation, and Electric will be the boys' twelfth release. You can purchase the album via the group's website as a CD, vinyl, or MP3, or stream it below on Spotify.
Catch the Pet Shop Boys live this summer at Ejekt, Summer Sonic, Supersonic, and Berlin Festival, as well as a number of one-off events.
Joanna Gruesome has debuted their single "Secret Surprise" off of their LP Weird Sister, out September 10 via Slumberland Records and Fortuna POP! The Welsh noisepop quintet met at an anger management counseling group, reflected in the album's intense tracks with references to mental illness and zombies.
See Joanna Gruesome's high energy performance live at Latitude.
St. Lucia has released their track "Elevate" off of their forthcoming album When The Night, which will be released October 8 on Neon Gold/Columbia Records. The album was produced by the group's own Jean-Philip Grobler with the help of Chris Zane and and Rich Costey, well-known producers that have worked with the likes of Passion Pit, Muse, and Foo Fighters.
The band will embark on a fall tour with Two Door Cinema Club October 2, but you can still catch them this summer at Lollapalooza, Kahbang, Launch, and Rifflandia.
Crystal Fighters, who we caught at Firefly this year, have released an acoustic video for "You and I" off of their sophomore release Cave Rave. The six-piece British/Spanish act is part alternative and part dance, and lead singer Sebastian Pringle brings an eclectic energy to the stage. The group utilizes unique instruments in their performance, including the txalaparta, or wooden instrument reminiscent of a xylophone, a danbolin, or type of snare drum, and a txistu, or Basque pip whistle.
Catch them live this summer at Melt! and Way Out West.
Last up is San Cisco, an Australian indie pop formerly known as King George. The band dropped their self-titled debut album today, which you can purchase from their website or stream via Spotify below.
See San Cisco live this summer at Lollapalooza.
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See Also:46 Years in the Making: A Festival d'été de Québec 2013 Review
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