Check Ahead! Soundcheck brings you exclusive sneak peeks of upcoming records. Get an early listen in for both highly anticipated albums and undiscovered new gems.
Following the success of its 2012 debut, Shallow Bed, Dry The River decamped to Iceland to record its new album, Alarms In The Heart. Known for its delicate folk songs that build to emotional climaxes, the London band's new songs cannot help but sound inspired by the country's grandiose landscapes. Stream the album in its entirety a week before its release on Aug. 26.
For those familiar with Marco Benevento's instrumental work (or maybe from the Soundcheck theme song), one thing will immediately jump out with his new song, "At The Show": For the first time, the longtime keyboardist is singing. Watch a behind-the-scenes music video of his song, from his forthcoming album, Swift.
For years, jazz trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas and keyboardist Uri Caine have collaborated on all sorts of projects. But with Present Joys, they're finally recording as a duo.
The Teen Age is still a relatively new band with only a few songs released so far. But the group has already made some waves thanks to its blown-speaker rockers, shoutable choruses, and reckless exuberance. That woozy youthful energy is on full display in the new music video for “Stop,” from the band’s debut EP, Ways To Adapt.
Even before you watch the music video, Les Jupes' single “Introversion” already evokes an eerie and hair-raising feeling. But the video's dreamlike point-of-view really teases out and heightens the song’s anxiety and isolation.
Watch the new music video for "Better Man," a track from Brooklyn based trio Frances Cone's self-titled EP.
Tropic Of Pisces is the project of Matt Scheiner, a diverse musician who's played with bands like Oberhofer. Hear "They Count," a track from the native New York musician's upcoming EP, Symmetry.
Baltimore duo Wye Oak has typically been known for its flurry of guitar and drums, but with its new album, Shriek, the band drops the guitar, picks up the bass and goes in an entirely new, synth-heavy direction. Hear the album in its entirety before its release.
Timber Timbre's song "Curtains?!" embodies both the unsettling and the alluring as frontman Taylor Kirk sings a tale about a man's secrets exposed. But in an alternate version sung by Fiver (a.k.a. Simone Schmidt), the song takes on a new identity.
Hear "Goodnight Goodbye," a track by Eternal Summers from Kanine Records' upcoming official Record Store Day compilation, Non-Violent Femmes.
Hear Here And Nowhere Else, the new album from the gloriously noisy rock band in its entirety.