The title track of Mark "E" Everett's 12th LP as Eels sounds like a broken nursery rhyme, sweet melodies and fluttering strings masking the song's melancholic core. A captivating return from one of indie-rock's most consistent songwriters.
Part of a multimedia collaboration with fashion brand Kenzo, Yo! My Saint casts Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O alongside Michael Kiwanuka for the sort of dread-filled duet you'd expect to find on the soundtrack to a Tarantino thriller.
The first track on Ty Segall's new 19-track album sees the prolific Californian at his most epic, summoning the spirit of Hendrix for a stroll down the Stones' Exile On Main St, all recorded with every needle on the recording desk in the red.
Although they released a collaborative album with Sparks in 2015, it has been almost five years since Franz Ferdinand released a record of their own. The title track of their forthcoming fifth album suggests they are determined to make up for lost time, marrying the spiky guitars of their early material to an old school house groove. A welcome return.
Five years after his last run around as Go Kart Mozart, former Felt leader Lawrence is back with a fresh blast of his singular brand of plastic glam pop. Its chintzy neon synths and first-pumping chorus slightly at odds with a lyric detailing the lows of mental illness: “Never cry, never laugh, don’t clean your teeth, don’t have a bath…”
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club return in early 2018 with their first record in almost four years. Wrong Creatures is an album of swampy, psychedelic blues-rock, the sort of thing the West Coast trio do best. Little Thing Gone Wild is the rattling, excellent first track from it.
Alien Stadium is a collaborative mini-album between Steve Mason and Primal Scream's Martin Duffy. As the picture suggests, it is four-tracks of out-there concept-rock, following a storyline about an alien invasion. They are "pisshead" aliens, explain the duo. This is the opener, its cosmic groove setting the intergalactic tone.
The brainchild of Cardiff native Davey Newington, Boy Azooga make psychedelic indie-rock with a playful groove. This debut release for Heavenly Recordings is a homage to Nigerian funk icon William Onyeabor. It also sounds a bit like Foals doing a conga.
The former frontman of psychedelic Welsh folk-rockers Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, Euros Childs is now a prolific solo artist who has retained his unique brand of excellent strangeness. This track from his forthcoming 13th solo album is a catchy paean to the kitchen utensil no-one can do without when it comes to draining things.
Leeds psych-rock quartet Hookworms will release their third album, Microshift, in February 2018. It's been on regular rotation on the Q office stereo and this is the propulsive excellent first cut from it.
MGMT's first single in four years is a bewitching slice of gothic electronic-pop. Little Dark Age, the title track from their forthcoming fourth album (it's due out early next year), is accompanied by a sinister video directed by David MacNutt and Nathaniel Axel.
Halifax trio The Orielles are in thrall to the jingle jangle of mid-‘80s indie-pop. Their debut album stitches together all the best bits while mercifully circumnavigating any hints of tweeness, as you can hear on the whoah-oh-ohh powered whoosh of Let Your Dogtooth Grow.