Music Monday: Rodrigo y Gabriela, FOALS, The Black Keys, The Raconteurs, and FENCES

Rodrigo y Gabriela have unveiled their new song, “Terracentric,” today, with a performance video showcasing the acoustic rock maestros’ fresh approach to the studio for their eagerly awaited new album, Mettavolution.

“Sometimes we need to be self-centered in order to be the best version of ourselves for us and for others,” Rod and Gab told Billboard. “Meditation is a good example of individual practice that in fact is the most compassionate action we can do for everyone. Clearing the mind is not only for your own benefit but for the benefit of all living beings. ‘Terracentric’ is an invitation to look inward, to be a little bit ‘selfish’ for a minute and do what you can for your own sake. If we all did the same this world would be a very different one. ‘Terracentric’ is the connection with this earth. Reconnecting with the so-called reality of our human existence.”

 

Foals share the music video for their new single, “In Degrees,” directed by Aaron Brown (Arctic Monkeys, King Krule), off their most recent album, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1. With frenetic, clattering percussion and propulsive bass underpinning the band’s urgent energy, “In Degrees” is both a song about faltering interpersonal relationships and an increasingly warming planet.

As lead singer Yannis Philippakis revealed:
“Essentially it’s about when you’re aware of a relationship slowly slipping away, incrementally bit by bit, there’s no a big dramatic moment, but it’s through the slow drifting apart. And also, the actual phrase “in degrees” also got me thinking that it could work on a due level about the environment in a way as well.”

 

The Black Keys release the music video for their new song “Go,” from their upcoming album Let’s Rock.The video is directed by Bryan Schlam and finds the band struggling to reconnect after five years apart. Patrick Carney says, “It was great making this video with Bryan, partially because it was filmed at the very type of place it is making fun of,” and Dan Auerbach adds, “The video was fun, but we still haven’t spoken.”

Director Bryan Schlam says about the making of the video, “For “Go” I felt like we needed to address the elephant in the room. Where have the guys been for 5 years? I thought- Let’s send them to the next level of therapy. A retreat. A commune. A place that’s supposed to symbolize peace and unity…and they’ll hate every second of it.

 

The Raconteurs – Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler – have released their brand-new single “Help Me Stranger”. The latest track to be released from their long-awaited new album, HELP US STRANGER (Third Man Records) is out digitally everywhere now and is available instantly with all digital pre-orders of the album, along with previously released songs “Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness),” “Now That You’re Gone,” and “Sunday Driver.”

The band has also premiered the companion music video for “Help Me Stranger” today on YouTube. The video, which was filmed last month in the mysterious city of Kimitsu, Japan by director/visual effects specialist Yasuhiko Shimizu around the band’s recent Tokyo shows.

 

Seattle-based Fences, the alter-ego of musician/songwriter Christopher Mansfield, has announced album details for his new album, ‘Failure Scriptures’ which will be released on June 21 via GRNDVW.

Perhaps most well-known through his collaborations with Tegan and Sara(the latter of whom produced his 2010 self-titled debut album) and Macklemore (who he’s teamed up with on various tracks), Fences upcoming release is Mansfield’s first new LP since 2015’s ‘Lesser Oceans’ which featured production by Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla, Jacquire King (Of Monsters and Men) and Ryan Lewis. A new track and video titled “Paper Route” is available below.

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