Heavy Rotation: Islands, Kingdom, Nearly Oratorio & More

Andrew Bird, Japanese Breakfast, The Sun Days and Zayn Malik all release their new albums... what are you listening to?

Catcher in the Rye (The Dandy Warhols) - Subdued rock for your psychedelic listening pleasure, so vastly different from their previous outing You Are Killing Me.

Reflecting Lights (The Field) - A 14-minute (yes, 14-minute) trippy electronic ride into bliss.

The Joke (Islands) - Groovy, highly-danceable indie-rock, but also the outfit's "first real attempt at anything overtly political, a reaction to the racial tensions and police brutality in America and the struggle to galvanize the general population against injustice and indifference." (via SPIN)

Shox (Kingdom) - Punchy doesn't cut this sensational instrumental from Brooklyn-based producer Kingdom. It's downright thunderous, and you will be dancing to its groove by the end of it all.

I Wanna Be (Katy B x Chris Lorenzo) - The kind of dance-ready foot-tapping number, characterised by slinky smooth atmospherics.

All the Colors of the Dark (Marissa Nadler) - Enchanting goth music, and appositely haunting.

Trailer (Mudcrutch) - A quintessential folk-rock song powered by Tom Petty's raw vocals.

Tin, Occlude (Nearly Oratorio) - Melbourne-based artist Simon Lam has had me stunned beyond words with his beautiful music. Possibly my biggest find in recent times.

In Bloom (Sturgill Simpson, Nirvana Cover) - Country musician Sturgill Simpson gives Kurt Cobain's grungy In Bloom a slow-burning, gloomy makeover. And boy does it work!

Morning Light (Woods) - Beautiful, beautiful, just beautiful. And pleasantly psychedelic. I can listen to this song all day long.

Gerson's Whistle (Yeasayer) - I, for one, am eagerly awaiting Yeasayer's Amen & Goodbye, and their latest airy, choral stunner isn't making the wait any easy!