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THE NATIONAL SHARELIGHT YEARS
The National have shared another album track “Light Years” off their forthcoming album I Am Easy To Find. Watch the accompanying video above, featuring scenes from the short film “I Am Easy To Find,” directed by Academy Award-nominated director Mike Mills (20th Century Women, Beginners), and starring Academy Award Winner Alicia Vikander.

I Am Easy To Find is the band’s eighth studio album and will be released May 17th on 4AD.  With the recent album announcement, the band shared the opening track “You Had Your Soul With You” featuring the vocals of longtime David Bowie collaborator Gail Ann Dorsey. A companion short film with the same name will also be released with music by The National and inspired by the album.  Director Mike Mills, along with the band, is credited as co-producer of the album, which was mostly recorded at Long Pond, Hudson Valley, NY with additional sessions in Paris, Berlin, Cincinnati, Austin, Dublin, Brooklyn and more far flung locations. The album features vocal contributions from Sharon Van Etten, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle and more. 
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BIG THIEF SHARECATTAILS
This week, Big Thief share “Cattails,” their second new song off their forthcoming album U.F.O.F., out May 3rd on 4AD. This is the second pre-release track to be named Best New Track by Pitchfork, following the woozily gorgeous first song “UFOF”, and gives listeners a glimpse into the breadth of moods contained within this new collection. “Cattails” begins as a simple song, a finger-picked accompaniment from Adrianne Lenker and propulsive drums from James Krivchenia. As the song progresses, a glorious hum begins to take hold underneath, with drones and twinkling piano joining the throng, as the song seems to become lighter than air and take flight.

U.F.O.F., F standing for ‘Friend’, is the name of the highly anticipated third record by Big Thief, set to be released by 4AD later this year. The New York-based band, featuring Adrianne Lenker (guitar, vocals), Buck Meek (guitar), Max Oleartchik (bass), and James Krivchenia (drums), has spent the last 4 years on an incessant world tour, winning the devotion of an enthusiastic and rapidly expanding audience. Their songs represent an emotional bravery and realness that weaves intimate relationships with the listener, a phenomenon that has made them one of the most widely-respected bands of the current era. Their first two back-to-back releases, Masterpiece (2016) and Capacity (2017), have been analyzed, wept to, danced to, critically applauded, imitated, hummed idly, and shouted out loud.
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PICA PICA ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM, SHARES FIRST TRACK
Rough Trade Records joyfully introduces Together & Apart, the debut album from London-based group PicaPica, set for release on June 7th.

PicaPica features the vocal interplay of Josienne Clarke and Samantha Whates, dual front women who create powerful harmonies atop layers of texture created by Adam Beattie,“Scotland’s king of soft-spoken chanson” and MOBO/Mercury nominated producer Sonny Johns, a tiding of magpies picking shiny moments of tone and timbre from 60s west coast, sunshine pop, and indie folk.

Together & Apart is about health and heartache, spring and shade, love and loss and life. PicaPica are able to balance life’s joys and sorrows beautifully, effortlessly, and in continuous harmony, viewing life’s colored photographs as imagined through their silvery negatives. All of this is captured in the fearless single “Sucker Punch”, available now.

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STARCRAWLER SHARES COVER OF “PET SEMATARY
Up-and-coming Los Angeles rock band Starcrawler, fronted by the enigmatic nineteen-year-old frontwoman Arrow de Wilde, release a cover of the Ramones’ 1989 single “Pet Sematary” for the new Paramount Pictures film, based on Stephen King’s iconic novel, in theaters today. Featured in the movie’s closing credits, the band’s cover of “Pet Sematary” was recorded by Mark Rankin (Queens of the Stone Age, Adele, Bloc Party, Weezer) and mixed by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten), and is a wild and contemporary run on the original track.

Starcrawler’s self-titled LP was released one year ago in January by Rough Trade Records to rave reviews. Since then, they’ve toured non-stop all over the world, including triumphant sets at Primavera, Rock Am Ring, Download Festival, Voodoo Festival, Fuji Rock, Reading, Leeds and more. They have received recent critical praise around the release of “Hollywood Ending,” which spent several weeks at #1 on specialty radio, as well as the band’s massive recent single “She Gets Around.”
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