Palaye Royale, Christine and the Queens and Show Me The Body are our tracks of the week
Welcome to Sound Station, where we’re highlighting the best new tracks that came out this week. Head into the weekend with songs from Palaye Royale, Christine and the Queens and more.
Palaye Royale are ready to be stars
At this point, Palaye Royale are on track to solidifying their status as this generation's “scene titans.” Their new album Fever Dream feels like the resounding next step for this band, elevating their gritty rock style to a more commercially accessible level. Tracks like “Eternal Life” still have the lively spirit the band built themselves on but aren’t afraid to take risks in how it’s delivered. —Yasmine Summan
Christine and the Queens' Presents Redcar delivers a haunting '80s masterpiece with “la chanson du chevalier”
Christine and the Queens, now known as Redcar, is no stranger to putting on a show. With Chris' latest single “la chanson du chevalier,” he crafts a hazy, dream-like sequence teeming with mystery. The brooding track meditates on masculinity and is paired with a sultry, retro video of Chris showing off his signature dance moves. Try not to join in, we dare you. —Ilana Kaplan
Show Me The Body offer a cathartic escape with “Trouble The Water”
Show Me The Body make the type of searing and formidable music that offers relief from a vile world. With their new album, Trouble The Water, the hardcore trio not only pay tribute to their homeland of NYC but brew up tough, vehement tracks that defy nostalgia. On the title track, the record’s closer, in particular, the song crackles with tension and strength as Julian Cashwan Pratt spits out lyrics like they’re about to corrode on his tongue. “I trouble the water/I turn water to blood,” he asserts, the type of mantra meant for end times. —Neville Hardman
DE'WAYNE’s “Thank You For Lying” is a coming-of-age alt-rock anthem
On “Thank You For Lying,” from DE’WAYNE’s newly released sophomore album MY FAVORITE BLUE JEANS, the Houston-born alternative rocker penned one of his most infectious songs to date. With an emphasis on octave guitar chords and driving rhythms, the song takes you on a fast-paced journey and makes you feel unstoppable throughout. It's the type of track that feels tailor-made for a coming-of-age movie. However, “Thank You For Lying” is just one of many moments on the record that showcases how versatile DE’WAYNE is as a vocalist, with an ability to insert a great deal of character into every vocal melody and inflection. Lyrically, the song touches on nostalgia, dreams of becoming a rock star and the struggles he had to overcome along the way. —Alessandro DeCaro
Royal & The Serpent remain one of alt-rock's most thrilling new acts
Royal & The Serpent are easily one of the most exciting acts breaking through alternative music at the moment. When they’re not making tracks with Demi Lovato or touring globally, they’re creating albums like Happiness Is An Inside Job — a brutally honest, outright look at the struggles of coping with mental health and trauma. “Happiness 4 Dummies” is easily a stand out of this release, juxtaposing the intense themes with a light, pop-punk-inspired drum backing that breathes life through the track. —Yasmine Summan
Paris Jackson delivers a grungey love anthem with "just you"
Paris Jackson is back with new music, and this time it's a stirring love anthem called "just you." On the slow-burning guitar track, Jackson pairs '90s grunge with her soulful timbre. “Floored, how did I fall so swift and far for you my dear?” she wonders. It's equally heartfelt and brimming with Jackson's signature spirit. —Ilana Kaplan
Rihanna's first new song in six years is triumphant and elegant
After a six-year drought, Rihanna has finally replenished us with new music. Following up 2016’s Anti, expectations of this track may have been a cutthroat, badass radio hit. Instead, Riri taps into the vulnerability heard on “Take A Bow” or “Unfaithful” to deliver a triumphant, elegant piano ballad that, above all, flaunts her vocal talents and shows anyone who’d be naive enough to doubt that, despite her pivot into makeup and fashion, she’s still an OG music girl. —Yasmine Summan
White Reaper make their raucous return with “Pages”
A decade on from their formation and White Reaper still sound better than ever. The band are back with “Pages,” a track with a gentle beginning that soon transforms into a ripper. White Reaper specialize in the type of straight-ahead rock that’s nothing if not cathartic, with vocalist/guitarist Tony Esposito saying that the song could’ve existed on any of their earlier records. The track is merely a taste of their new album, Asking For A Ride, out Jan. 27. —Neville Hardman
Anxious’ “Where You Been” is a cheerful blast of ‘90s alt-pop
With every new release, Anxious dive further into their pop influences and penchant for writing catchy hooks. On “Where You Been,” the hardcore/pop-punk group incorporate Beach Boys-esque vocal arrangements and Weezer-inspired synths with a new, glossy production style. The cleaned-up sound on “Where You Been” suits them nicely and feels like a modern revival of ’90s alternative rock (think Gin Blossoms or Fountains Of Wayne) that is suitable not only for the indie circuit but for the radio as well. Anxious, who've never been afraid to go to dark places with their music, are instead turning to a more cheerful and hopeful sound that radiates a refreshing dose of optimism. —Alessandro DeCaro
Tancred returns with the twinkling lullaby "Mirepoix"
After a four-year hiatus, Tancred — the project of former Now, Now member Jess Abbott — returned with the lullaby-like "Mirepoix." Over twinkling delicate strings, Abbott's sweet lilt meditates on the need for human connection in the short time we're on this planet. Joined by Abbott is singer-songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs, making the track a flickering beacon of hope in the darkness. —Ilana Kaplan
narrowcast pay a somber goodbye to a loved one with “Hallway”
narrowcast, the musical project of Joe Boynton (Transit) and Mat Morin (Aviator), have released their brand-new EP Death In The Woods. On the closing track “Hallway,” Boynton sings with stunning vulnerability about the passing of his older brother from an overdose. The shoegaze-inflected arrangement of somber pianos and acoustic guitars progressively builds as Boynton holds nothing back vocally, with a series of background chants and harmonies guiding him through the reflective journey. When the song reaches its climax, it erupts into a sea of crashing drums and a flood of emotions that not only caps off the EP brilliantly but offers an evocative goodbye to a loved one. —Alessandro DeCaro