Five tracks to hear this week (May 19-25)

David Smyth
Extraordinary voice: Rationale

Releasing albums every couple of years since the mid-Eighties, synthpop veterans Erasure are now on their seventeenth, World Be Gone, out today. Contemplative new song Still It’s Not Over is streaming on YouTube.

Singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey has been Mercury Prize-nominated twice, once as a solo act, once with his former jazz group Portico Quartet, so his latest material is naturally worth hearing. Unconditional was unveiled on streaming services this week.

Still waiting for his first big hit, a touching new video for Rationale’s grandiose ballad Deliverance should make a few more people notice what an extraordinary voice he has. It’s on YouTube now.

Harmonious folk band Fleet Foxes will be back with a third album, a whole six years after its predecessor, next month. The latest song to be revealed, Fool’s Errand, has a new video featuring creepy modern dance and nice scenery on YouTube now.

This week’s finest slice of Scandipop comes from Sweden’s Tove Styrke, whose comeback song, Say My Name, seems to have very little to it but is supremely catchy all the same. Its video is new on YouTube.

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