ICYMI: This week in music – June 30

Final TLC album, Prog metal veterans give album update and new music from a pop punk vocalist… Here’s what you may have missed this week.

TLC bow out

TLC, the RnB trio that dominated the ’90s with tracks like Waterfalls and No Scrubs, are back with the first album in 15 years. The self-titled album will be their last, so it’s bittersweet. It will also be the first album to not feature former member Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopez, who was killed in a car accident in early 2002. The two remaining members, Tionne “T-Boz” Waktins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, announced in January 2015 their fifth album would be funded via a Kickstarter project. The initial goal was to raise $150,000 to produce the album, but the idea of a new TLC album proved irresistible for some, with the project raising over $430,000 from enthusiastic fans.

Way Back is the first single from TLC, and it features a guest verse from Snoop Dogg.

TLC is out today.

Tool give album update

The last Tool album, 10,000 Days was released in 2006. The progressive metal band from Los Angeles, who formed in the early ’90s, have become an iconic metal band from that era. They have also created a reputation of being perfectionists when it comes to writing and recording albums. Anticipation of new music from the band has been high for years, with fans holding out for any news regarding album number five. Well, Tool fans can now rest easy, following a recent Metalsucks podcast in which the band’s bass guitarist, Justin Chancellor, gave an update on how this new album was progressing:

We’re about 90 per cent there, it’s been like a crazy science project – kind of like a petri dish. We’ve just been really picky over what we want to put on this new album and really want to come up with something completely unique. Plus, we have endless amounts of material to sift through, so it’s just been a process… a little different from last time,”  he said.

Tool have released four albums since their debut Undertow in 1993. The single Stinkfist from their second album Ænima was voted number 37 in triple j’s Hottest 100 of all time countdown.

Aside from Tool, Maynard James Keenan has kept himself busy over the years with two other bands (A Perfect Circle and Puscifer). He also owns a winery called Caduceus Cellars, located in Arizona.

Despite not releasing new music, Tool have remained active, last visiting Australia in 2013.

St. Vincent’s new single

Annie Clark, the art rock musician better known as St. Vincent, is back with a new single, New York. The excitement of new music from St. Vincent began last week after Universal Music Poland tweeted (then deleted) that a new track would arrive on June 30. That tweet turned out to be true, and New York is now available on Spotify, though no album has yet been announced.

St. Vincent also announced a United States tour earlier this week, causing fans to speculate on a follow up from her 2014 album, St. Vincent.

Tay Jardine the Saint(e)

While the pop punk band We Are The In Crowd are taking a break, lead vocalist Tay Jardine isn’t resting. The past couple of years Tay has been working on Sainte, a new project with two other members from We Are The In Crowd (Cameron Hurley and Mike Ferri). Smile, and Wave is the debut EP from Sainte and it’s out today!

Technicolor, the first single from Sainte was released last year.

And they dropped another track, With or Without Me in February.

Smile, and wave is available on it iTunes and Spotify.

New release Friday

Apart from the albums mentioned above, there are a few other releases worth your time this weekend. Jay-Z’s new album 4:44 is a TIDAL exclusive and will be available from today. Vocalist from Slipknot, Corey Taylor, releases the sixth album with  his other band, Stone Sour, titled Hydrograd today. And lastly, trap producer EPROM releases his new EP today, titled Big Pineapple.  Compiled from online sources by Ben Rochlin

Top photo from TLC’s Facebook.

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