The Breakers - RNR's Guide to the BEST new music

We love finding new music.  More so, we love sharing the new music we find with you!  That's why we've launched The Breakers - a new music feature highlighting songs and artists we think you'll love! Check out who we've been checking out below! 

Delta Spirit - It Ain't Easy

 

In a year that seems to have taken  so much from us - we can thank Delta Spirit for giving us new music for the first time in nearly 6 years ... OK - they were supposed to give us a tour too - but 2020 stopped that :/  

 

The record not only marks the return of  Delta Spirit (who split up in 2015 after growing apart) but also shows a cohesive progression as a band. They wrote and recorded from a new place informed by maturity gained by their journey, break, and reunion. They locked into the process together and eventually found the sweet spot where they were all on the same page. 

 

So until 2021 - when the reunion tour is rescheduled for - we can spend some time with the new album What Is There and the intoxicating single It Ain't Easy.  

Delta Spirit - "It Ain't Easy" [Lyric Video]

 

 

 

 

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Bastille - WHAT YOU GONNA DO??? ft. Graham Coxon

 

Putting out an album is a process ... a long process at that ... but sometimes bands can come up with a song in the album production process that is so good - they decide to release it before the album is even ready.  

 

Case in point -  WHAT YOU GONNA DO???  - the latest single from our old pals - Bastille.  The English band enlisted Graham Coxon from Blur for the song that offers an electrifying take on what life is like when living it behind a screen - which we  can all certainly relate to in 2020.  

 

According to singer Dan Smith: 

“We finished the song, and it felt urgent. We didn’t want to sit on it.  This next phase feels like a new beginning. It’s about completely tearing up our process, being spontaneous and starting again. We’re just really excited by the new songs. I think we’re making some of the best music we’ve ever made. We want to put it out now and not wait for the whole album to be done before anyone starts to hear it. This is about where we are now and hearing us in real-time.”

So no news on when the resot of the album will be out - but til then - relish in this amazing track! 

 

Bastille - WHAT YOU GONNA DO??? ft. Graham Coxon

 

 

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The Heavy Hours - Don’t Walk Away

 

 

The Heavy Hours – as they describe themselves – are four friends from Ohio that started playing music in an abandoned house somewhere in suburban Cincinnati. Since they didn't know any songs -  they started writing their own.  Band practices would start at midnight and end at 3:00am – and included late night pizza orders, arguments about everything under the sun, and making noise. Well the noise was loud (and good) enough to catch the ear of Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys – who collaborated with the band on their first single -  Don’t Walk Away. The song’s “epic hooks, affecting lyricism, and indelible melody” have led us to have this on repeat at RNR

 

 

 

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The Killers - My Own Soul's Warning

 

If there's on thing you can say about The Killers - it is that they can write some catchy songs ... From Mr. Brightside to The Man - Brandon FLowers and co. have been churning out some of the greatest post punk synth pop new wave revival alt rock jams since they formed in 2001. 

 

After a covid rerailment - the Vegas based band has finally released their their 6th studio album titled Imploding the Mirage  in 2020   - and the second single - My Soul's Own Warning - is an absolute banger ... (the first single Caution slapped too).

 

 

 

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Chris Cornell - Patience

On what would have been his 56th birthday (July 20), the Chris Cornell estate has released the musician’s previously unreleased cover of Guns N’ Roses’ classic 1989 ballad, “Patience.”

 

 

Before his passing, Chris heard his daughter Toni, then 12, sing “Patience” in their house. She asked him to record the song so she could sing along with him. The finished song was completed a few months before Chris’ death in 2017 *sigh*

 

 

A statement on his Facebook page reads:

 

“His birthday seemed the perfect time to share this and celebrate Chris, his voice, music, stories and art. It is true a man is not dead while his name is still spoken… and, through his art, an artist’s soul still burns just as bright as ever upon all those that look up to him and his memory. Releasing music that was special to Chris keeps a part of him here with us — his heart and his soul. His love and his legacy.”

 

 

Milky Chance & Jack Johnson - Don't Let Me Down

 

Shocker - we love new music (why else would we have this feature) - but when new music is a collaboration from two of our favorite artists - it's like a double rainbow! 

 

Bringing us to Don't Let Me Down - the new single from Milky Chance and Jack Johnson.  Seems like an odd collaboration - a German Electronic Pop duo teaming up with an American surf folk artist - but  Milky Chance recently revealed why it isn't.

 

On a live stream performance, lead vocalist/guitarist Clemens Rehbein said:

 

"We listened to Jack's music since we were teenagers, so we've been big fans for years now.  And it was such a nice experience meeting him on tour two years ago, I guess, for the first time? That already felt like a life goal. And we kept in touch and then we started working together on that song. And now it's out and it's just very exciting."

 

Turns out that the two parties met in 2018 in Europe.  Jack invited Milky Chance to perform at the Moon & Stars festival in Locarno, Switzerland. They shared the stage again at the inaugural Sea.Hear.Now in New Jersey.

 

So will this be the only musical output we get from this new friendship between Milky Chance and Jack Johnson - who knows ... but really - who cares, we're quite content with just this track

 

Milky Chance - Don't Let Me Down feat. Jack Johnson

 

 

 

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Mt. Joy - Strangers

 

2020 has been an 'odd' year - is that putting it too lightly?  But while we can lament on all the things we didn't get to do this year - we can also embrace some of things we did get - like the new album from Mt. Joy

 

Rearrange Us, the band's sophomore album, was written during a period of personal struggle and romantic failures and  "glimmers of originality" (allmusic.com) ... The whole album is packed with new musical ideas, including  three part psych-folk suites, gospel singalongs, and grooving road trip rock - but the song we have on repeat is Strangers ... 

 

 

One hurdle the band had with this album - is finding ways to promote it during a time when concerts and appearances have been put on hold. But this socially-distanced performance of Strangers from Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is amazing <3 -

 

 

 

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The Lumineers - Salt & the Sea

 

Look - it's no secret we love The Lumineers.  Ever since Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites started writing songs in Ramsey, New Jersey back in 2005  .. but what makes them even more special to us in 2020 is that they were the last concert we saw before the pandemic hit - then they played DC's Capital One Arena on February 28.  

 

photo: Tedd Henn 

 

But c'mon - a  two time Grammy nominated band isn't the worst band to see before a concert drought ;) 

 

And lucky for us - they happened to be touring in support of an amazing album, III (pronounced Three) ... and yes, it is their third album.  

 

We've loved all the singles from the album - Gloria and Life in the City - but the latest single Salt and the Sea - hits a little closer ... not just because its summer time and we're jonsing to be breathing some salt water air at the beach (wearing a face mask) - but the chill vibes of the track are kind of exactly what we need mid way through 2020 .. ya know?

 

The Lumineers - Salt and The Sea

 

 

 

 

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Bakar - Hell N Back

 

When the song Hell N Back arrived at the station ... we fell in love with Bakar immediately... we weren't alone either - everytime we played the track - more and more of you reached out asking about the singer from London.  

 

Turns out - we weren't the only ones who were impressed ... the musician - who got started by posting tracks to Soundcloud using samples from Bombay Bicycle Club and King Krule - has also caught the ear of Elton John and Skepta. He's been compared to Bloc Party and says he uses bands like Foals and Madlib to create a sound that's a melting pot of indie, rap, rock, and punk.  

 

check it out for yourself ... the only thing we can't figure out is why he didn't list LP or Peter Bjorn and John as an influence ;) 

 

Bakar - Hell N Back (Official Video)

 

 

 

 

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