Hey everybody! While Kanye was off being Kanye all over the place, making music, offending people, making video games about his deceased mother, there were plenty of other artists quietly putting out excellent new music, no video games or offense needed. Others released excellent new music slightly less quietly, yet with less odd accoutrements — namely the return of both Queen Bey and James Blake. So, if you’re looking for some Ye-less new music to get excited about, click on and enjoy!
10. Fruit Bats – “From a Soon-To-Be Ghost Town”
Indie folk rock mainstays Fruit Bats are back with their first album in five years, as previewed by new single “From a Soon-To-Be Ghost Town”. The red dust clings heavier on this track than some of their past records, a twang in Eric D. Johnson’s vocals and a sunbaked warmth to the piano and acoustic guitar. “It’s hard to be the last one in a soon-to-be ghost town/ When all that you’ve loved is now gone,” Johnson sings, and the melancholy ring to his vocals suggests this is about more than someone sticking around in a dead-end town — there’s some heartbreak too. Video of Johnson playing this one solo appeared last year, and it’s even more affecting with the full band backing his tender voice. Fruit Bats’ new album, Absolute Loser, drops May 13th via Easy Sound Recording Co. —Adam Kivel