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From Sky Ferreira to Jungle and Neneh Cherry, a diverse array of new music this week

Jungle: Cherry London-based duo Jungle (Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson) says their second studio record For Ever is intended to sound like a “post-apocalyptic radio station playing break-up songs.” From the album comes “Cherry,” which is combines neo-soul, a funky bass line, falsetto vocals and the glorious mantra “You’re never gonna change me / I was already changing.” The result is infectious, and the music …

Premiere: “June” by Banfi

Bright, catchy guitar pop in a rounded-corner 1.33:1 aspect ratio

“You need to breathe, honey,” Joe Banfi, frontman of London three-piece band Banfi, urges in their latest music video. A flaming rose and scenes of a dancing heroine splice up moments of straightforward band performance visuals—all of which end up saturated in singular moments of red, green and blue light. Filmed in the round and in a nostalgic, rounded-corner 1.33:1 aspect ratio, the video underscores …

Carly Rae Jepsen: Runaways

Master of pop music Carly Rae Jepsen has released what appears to be a track she wrote for the animated film “Leap!” (for which she also offered the excellent “Cut to the Feeling”). “Runaways” isn’t like most of her previous tunes. Rather than embracing upbeat, glittery pop sensibilities, it’s a piano-based ballad about leaving everybody and everything behind… until your existence is wrapped up in …