ICYMI: This week in music – June 16

Lorde image from the Vevo promotional video.
Lorde image from the Vevo promotional video.

New Zealand’s pop megastar Lorde is back, music legends touring Oz and more album updates than you can shake a stick at – here’s the latest in music news.

Lorde gets melodramatic 

It’s been five years since Kiwi singer/songwriter Ella Yelich-O’Connor, better known as Lorde, released her incredible debut album, Pure Heroine. Five years since she exploded onto the music scene with her first single, Royals, which took the world by storm and saw her score two Grammys (best solo performance and song of the year) and become part of Taylor Swift’s posse. Other than featuring on a Disclosure track in 2015 or writing a song for the Hunger Games, Lorde isolated herself from the media’s attention while writing the follow-up. Well, the wait is over. Melodrama, Lorde’s highly anticipated second album, is finally here!

In a recent profile interview with Rolling Stone, Lorde discussed the inspiration (and struggles) behind writing a follow-up to such a successful debut record. Melodrama is an album of reflection, of the trials and tribulations fame has brought her.

“Everything written about on the album, give or take a couple of lines, all took place in New Zealand, is about me and my friends,” she told Rolling Stone.

If you get some free time, the piece is worth reading. It touches on the how the 20 year old dealt with the pressures of fame.

Lorde has been drip-feeding us tracks from Melodrama for the past few months. Check out a couple below.

Lorde has also announced an Aussie tour later this year. You can find the details here!

Queen returning Down Under

It’s official. Queen and Adam Lambert are returning for a national tour early next year. Lambert has filled in as vocalist for the iconic rock band for the past few years, including on their Australian tour back in 2014. All ticketing and venue details are available here, if you want to check them out a second time.

Moving on to other music icons… While still not confirmed, Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney could also be gracing our shores. It’s all just reports at this stage but, if true, it will be the first time since 1993 the famous Beatle pays us a visit.

Upcoming new music

Lorde isn’t the only one returning from an extended absence; in fact a few others are hitting the studio after making us wait.

First up are hard rock/blues lads Queens of the Stone Age, who unveiled their first album since 2013’s …Like Clockwork. A trailer for the album released yesterday sees front-man Josh Homme taking (and failing) a lie-detector test. The video announces the album’s title, Villains, and gives us a taste of a new track titled Feet Don’t Fail Me.

Villains, produced by Mark Ronson (who also produced albums for Bruno Mars, Adele and Paul McCartney), will drop August 25 and the first single is The Way You Used To Do.

None of this comes as a surprise; the band has already been announced as a headliner for this year’s Splendour In The Grass festival in July.

The Killers have also made their return, premiering the new track The Man on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show yesterday. In the interview, lead vocalist Brandon Flowers told Mac the song was “pretty funky; funkier than anything we’ve ever done before”, claiming the album retained “quintessential” elements of The Killers’ sound. There’s no release date just yet, but it is titled Wonderful Wonderful and it is fifth album from The Killers and the first since 2012’s Battle Born.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfedYa_JovE

If those albums aren’t heavy enough for you, fear not, for Norway’s Satyricon are back in the studio! The black metal legends, who were part of the Norwegian black metal scene of the 80s and 90s, saw their last release in 2013 (excluding Live at the Opera, see below) with their self-titled eighth album. In recent days however the duo have shared a coupe of updates on the new album. No further information is available just yet, but they are confirmed to play at this year’s AFL Grand Final at the MCG.

Satyricon released Live at the Opera in 2015. Here’s your metal fix for the week.

And finally, Russian DJ/producer Nina Kraviz will release her first solo EP next month, titled Pochuvstvui. The three-track 12″ EP will be out July 7 on трип (translates to Trip), the label she founded in 2014.

Check out minimal-house track You Are Wrong, featured on Pochuvstvui here.

New release Friday

Despite the highly anticipated follow-up album from Lorde, there are a few other albums worth checking out this weekend. UK rock duo Royal Blood release their second album, How Did We Get So Dark? Hey Violet, formerly known as Cherri Bomb, (do yourself a favour and check anything they released under this name; you won’t regret it!) drop their second album titled From the Outside. Power metal legends Iced Earth release album number 12, Incorruptible. Also worth checking are Fleet Foxes’ Crack Up and CKY’s The Phoenix, both out today.  Compiled from online sources by Ben Rochlin

Lorde image from the Vevo promotional video.

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