Two of the most exciting and fast-rising young acts in the Twin Cities in recent years each premiered tracks from their hotly anticipated new albums over the past 24 hours. Here are the details (and music).
LIZZO, “Big GRRRL, Small World”
Thanks in part to the fact that she’s issuing the record stateside on her own new label imprint BGSW, we don’t have to wait until next year to hear Lizzo’s follow-up album. She just announced a Dec. 11 release date for “Big GRRRL, Small World,” for which the Grrrl Prty conspirator paired with Justin Vernon’s studio ace BJ Burton as producer. Burton is also the guy behind the new (hip-hop-inspired) Low record. Other producer/beatmakers involved included local vet Stefon “Bionik” Taylor, N.A.S.A. innovator (and Spike Jonze sibling) Sam Spiegel and Doomtree guru Lazerbeak, who also helmed her 2013 debut “Lizzobangers.” Conde Nast's new acquisition Pitchfork premiered this good-vibey track “Humanize” on Tuesday.
KITTEN FOREVER, “7 Hearts”
Minneapolis’ lo-fi, high-energy, meaningfully fun spazz-punk trio will issue its third full-length sometime early next year via Atlas Chair Records, co-founded by Kathleen Hannah’s Le Tigre bandmate and MEN bandleader JD Samson. Per Vice’s Noisey blog, the record “smashes 15 songs in less than 30 minutes.” The Kitten crew will have a good chance to road-test the new songs in the coming weeks as it joins hometown heroes Babes in Toyland on tour next week. First, though, the band will once again open for Girlpool at the Triple Rock on Thursday (the Los Angeles duo raved about the local trio there back in May with Waxahatchee). Here’s the first of those new songs, “Temple.”