Following the 2015 Billboard Music Awards this past Sunday, there were several big artists releasing new material. Most notably, Taylor Swift dropped her “Bad Blood” video featuring new verses from Kendrick Lamar. A$AP Rocky also unleashed his trippy clip for “LSD” and the Mountain Goats went old school Saturday Night for their wrestling-themed “The Legend Of Chavo Guerrero.”
But along with the blockbuster releases, here are some of the new songs and videos you may have missed this week.
How To Dress Well – “See You Fall”
Alt-R&B singer How To Dress Well released a trilogy of videos last year to support his third album, What Is This Heart? His fourth single, “See You All,” combines and condenses the video into one heartbreaking story of a boy, his father, and his girlfriend. There’s no way the tale told in this video doesn’t reach you.
Tame Impala – “Cause, I’m A Man”
For Tame Impala‘s video for “Cause, I’m A Man” from the upcoming album Currents, we’re treated to a crudely rendered digital world. With a Magritte-esque protagonist, we follow his daily life in what looks like someone’s first animation in a 3D modeling program. And yet, it totally works.
Sage The Gemini Featuring Nick Jonas – “Good Thing”
Both Sage The Gemini and Nick Jonas have had something to prove in the past year. Nick has had to shed a lot of baggage as a teen pop star and make the jump to adult playlists, and with a smash track like “Jealous,” he definitely impressed. And while Sage may have less work to do, if he wants to escape one-and-a-half-hit wonderdom, he’s gotta be able to bring another hit to the table. Luckily, these two team up fairly well, and Nick could have plenty more work as an R&B hook man, if he wants it.
FFS – “Johnny Delusional”
While you weren’t paying attention, Franz Ferdinand and Sparks decided to form a supergroup. Crazy, right? This first clip from their upcoming eponymous debut is a Michel Gondry-like ever-repeating clip of either group therapy or musical chairs — it’s hard to tell. “Johnny Delusional” sounds exactly like you would imagine the marriage of these two groups would sound. It’s incredibly theatrical, yet still a bit new wave and post-punk. There’s a lot to look forward to on this new LP.
Towkio – “Reflection”
We’ve been high on SaveMoney member Towkio ever since his .Wav Theory mixtape dropped earlier this year. Now, he’s released a video for the Kaytranada-produced track “Reflection.” Following a girl’s highs and lows at an out-of-control party, the visuals sync up perfectly with the song’s darkwave feel. Keep your eyes peeled for a very quick Chance The Rapper cameo.
Monica Featuring Lil Wayne – “Just Right For Me”
Yes, it has been a while since the pop and R&B worlds have heard from Monica, but if there was ever a way to announce your return, this song is the way to do it. With a perfect soul sample flip and trap drums, Monica jumps on the track with ease and Lil Wayne is perfect on the assist. Two decades after her debut, and it still doesn’t feel like she’s lost a step here.