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Kassi Valazza: “Watching Planes Go By”

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Portland, Oregon’s Kassi Valazza has announced the release of her wonderfully- and wryly-titled next LP Kassi Valazza Knows Nothing, and from it you can now hear “Watching Planes Go By” — a prismatic gleam of 60s-Greenwich Village spirit and its expansive, psychedelic first single. Streaming links for this are right here. The album will be released by Fluff & Gravy on May 26th, and you can pre-order marbled-orange-vinyl, black-vinyl, CD and bundled editions of it now either from them or from Bandcamp.

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English Teacher: “Song About Love”

Lean with a muscular low end, tremendously charming and thorned, “Song About Love” — the electrifying new single from Leeds’ English Teacher — is a thrill. Out on Speedy Wunderground, you can order the 7″ from them now, while additional physical and streaming options are at this link. Later this month the band will begin an Independent Venue Week Tour, and all those dates are on their website.

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Jouska: “Fragrance”

Tightly rhythmic and fluidly tuneful, “Fragrance” is the cool, confessional and cottony new single from Oslo, Norway’s Jouska. Her Suddenly My Mind is Blank LP is out from February 17th, and you can pre-order recycled-vinyl and digital versions of it from Bandcamp today. Via Gorilla vs. Bear.

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Vagabon: “Carpenter”

Bouncy and bright, melancholically reflective, “Carpenter” is the buoyant, truthful and brand-new single from New York City’s Lætitia Tamko, a.k.a. Vagabon. Streaming links for the track are here, it’s on Bandcamp and there is more information about her on her LinkTree.

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Shalom: “Happenstance”

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South Africa-raised, Brooklyn-based musician Shalom Obisie-Orlu, or Shalom more simply, has just unleashed “Happenstance”, her assured, sleekly-melodic new single. Her debut album Sublimation will be released by the one-and-only Saddle Creek on March 10th, and you can order transparent-yellow-vinyl, black-vinyl, CD and cassette editions of it either from them or from Bandcamp right now.

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En Attendant Ana: “Same Old Story”

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Echoes of Stereolab enveloped in dove-colored ebullience, “Same Old Story” is the intricate, enchanting new single from Paris, France’s Margaux Bouchaudon and her band En Attendant Ana. Their Principia LP is released by Trouble In Mind on February 24th, and you can pre-order peach-vinyl, black-vinyl, CD, cassette and digital versions of that from Bandcamp right now.

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Black Belt Eagle Scout: “Nobody”

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Black Belt Eagle Scout is the solo-musical project of Portland’s Katherine Paul, and “Nobody” is its taut, expansive and riveting new single. The Land, The Water, The Sky is the epic title of her next LP, one released by the storied Saddle Creek from February 10th. Tri-colored-vinyl, clear-vinyl, black-vinyl, CD, cassette and bundled editions of it are available to pre-order from them now, and it’s also on Bandcamp.

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Gretel Hänlyn: “Today”

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Supercharged by a sweet spontaneity, optimism and honesty, “Today” is the compassionate, harmony-swathed brand-new single from London, England’s Gretel Hänlyn. An assortment of streaming links for this gem can be found right here. Via DIY.

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Packs: “Abalone”

Distortion boils, rhythms haunt and melodies cast crisply-drawn, animated shadows on “Abalone”, the intoxicating brand-new single from Toronto’s Packs. The stand-alone track was released today through the courtesy of Fire Talk, and you can both stream it and download it from Bandcamp.

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R. Ring: “Def Sup”

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“Def Sup” is the thumping, igneous and confidently-made new single from R. Ring — the musical project of Dayton, Ohio’s Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery. Their new album War Poems, We Rested will be released by Don Giovanni Records on January 27th. Yellow-vinyl versions and accompanying ‘zines are limited edition, and you can order those along with CDs either from the label’s website or Bandcamp today.