Every week, Buro. selects the best new music of the week so you don't have to deal with the white noise.
Dying Breed by The Killers
These rock and roll superstars — who been at the top of indie-rock worldwide for the past 15 years — have released what seems to be the fourth single for their upcoming sixth studio album, Imploding The Mirage, that is set for release on 21 August. Their latest effort is their first album without founding guitarist, Dave Keuning. Initially, the recording process for them wasn't the same. “We were trying to make it sound like the band wasn’t fractured,” says Flowers. “And trying to sound like the Killers. It was almost like we were doing this dumbed-down, mannequin version of the band.” Then producer Shawn Everett and Jonathan Rado of California psychedelic-rock duo Foxygen entered the picture, which felt like an awakening for the band. Around the same time, Flowers was exposed to some tracks from the latest Vampire Weekend record, Father of the Bride, where Ezra Koenig's change in lyricism and direction further inspired and ignited a flame in Flowers to attack the album creation process in a whole different way. Dying Breed retains the familiarity of the Killers whilst injecting slight twists, such as with the roaring energy alongside stargazer synths and a thumping bass line as Flowers sings about the ebbs and flows of his marriage in this current day and age.
The Prince by Madeon
Hugo Pierre Leclercq — better known by his on-stage moniker Madeon — blew up on the EDM stage with his release of Pop Culture way back in 2011 where he performed a mash-up of 39 different popular songs in real time using a Novation Launchpad. Since then, the electro-pop DJ has went on to bigger and better things with two full studio albums under his name, and a high-profile collaboration with fellow EDM rising star Porter Robinson on Shelter. Starting out as dark and mysterious, The Prince slowly hooks you in with rising vocals and synth chord progressions and arpeggiators in the background to create and build suspense.
Snail by BENEE
Eager to debunk comparisons with pop superstar, Billie Eilish, Auckland-native Stella Rose Bennett has been lighting up the airwaves with her catchy synth-pop hits. This is evident through her direct and quirky lyricism, on tracks like Supalonely — a collaboration with Gus Dapperton — where she first flaunts characteristics of her vocal delivery, like her cute ad-libs and dipping vocals which soon became her signature traits. On Snail, think of it as an upbeat track that is BENEE's unique way of telling a love story — through the eyes of a snail, literally.
Midnight Sky by Miley Cyrus
Miley's back. Comeback single, Midnight Sky, shows fans an intimate side of her life. Don't expect any of her typical fare with the banjo, acoustic breakdowns, or even harmonies. Instead, she packages her tale of love within a futuristic, mysterious sounding nu-disco track. Cyrus looked to musical icons Stevie Nicks, Joan Jett and Debbie Harry as she created Midnight Sky, which she co-wrote with Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic), Andrew Watt and Louis Bell, according to a press release. It also marks the first time she directed a music video herself. Mark the date, Miley's definitely back, and we can't wait to see how she encapsulates her tumultuous past year in her latest musical endeavour.
So Done by Alicia Keys (feat. Khalid)
R&B goddess Alicia Keys teams up with rising pop phenom Khalid on this stripped-back groovy hit titled So Done. In a tweet promoting the release of the accompanying music video, Keys says that she's about to put you in a trance, of which we've been certainly hooked and intoxicated in her sultry vocal lines intertwined with the distinct baritenor and harmonic tail-offs of Khalid. On this track, they reflect about being independent, and freeing themselves from their troublesome pasts over the simple backdrop of an electric guitar chord progression and groovy bassline.