From Rex Orange County’s forthcoming album Pony (out 25 October) comes “Face to Face,” a winding combination of verses, bridges, and hooks that swell into a cheerful pop tune. The crescendo occurs slowly, but picks up as the track’s pace does. The British artist (aka Alexander O’Connor) speeds up his vocals as drums and synths kick in, along with a resonator and O’Connor’s ad-libs.
Portland, Oregon-based indie-pop group STRFKR (aka Josh Hodges, Keil Corcoran, Shawn Glassford) provides fans with their first new music in three years. “Fantasy” is a spacey, funky tune with long cinematic pauses and crescendoing synths—and is undeniably STRFKR. Delicate vocals float in and out, but the track puts the intergalactic instrumental front and center.
Soulful and carried along by an upbeat groove, “Shallow End” by Neil Frances (aka Marc Gilfry and Jordan Feller) incorporates silky vocals for a decidedly summery, breezy piece of indie-pop. The track was part of a double-sided release that features the very danceable “Rewind.” Listening to the two in sequence creates a pleasant contrast. While “Rewind” offers a thumping bass-line, “Shallow End” creates piano-led brightness.