The Barometer: Bon Iver; Frank Ocean; Gang Colours; Sleigh Bells; Ital; Hectic Zeniths; A$AP Rocky; The Minutes; Sbtrkt

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Bon Iver

Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)

Justin Vernon's version of the cinematic John Prine track was originally recorded for a tribute album but is now being released as a b-side to 'Towers'.

Frank Ocean

4 Tears

The Sound of 2012-nominated Odd Future vocalist gets sentimental on this slow jam.

Gang Colours

On Compton Bay

Firstly it's Compton, Southampton, not Compton, LA. Secondly, as far I'm aware, Will Ozanne is neither a Crip nor a Blood. He is, however, a master of dreamy, synth-based electronica.

Sleigh Bells

Born to Lose

Distorted guitars, industrial double-kick pedal beats and theatrical backing vocals continue to push this shoegaze outfit into the realms of Marilyn Manson-style glam metal.


Floridian Void

This is trippy, psychedelic electro at its gloomiest.

Hectic Zeniths

I Might Drown

This slice of wildly dramatic piano pop was a highlight from Music Liberation's 2011 review recap.

A$AP Rocky

Pretty Flacko

On this track, A$AP follows the hip-hop tradition of creating an alter ego to exorcise the darker side.

The Minutes

Black Keys

The Dublin three-piece mix early Supergrass' pop-punk with the explosive riffs of QotSA and Black Sabbath.


Ride to Freedom

Analogue synths dominate on this forthcoming b-side.