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New Music Tuesday: MS MR, St. Vincent, Ben Browning


Also Passion Pit.

Traditionally, Tuesday is the day that record companies put out new stuff. Nobody knows why--NPR has some ideas--but it is the best way to keep you going when the weekend is a whopping three days away. So here are four new releases to brighten up your workweek.

1. MS MR - "Painted"

The New York duo made up of vocalist Lizzy Plapinger and producer Max Hershenow try some 90s Eurodance on for size in "Painted," the first cut of their upcoming sophomore album due out this July. Oh so danceable, oh so excellent.

2. St. Vincent -- "Teenage Talk"

"Teenage Talk" first premiered on HBO's Girls, but we couldn't get the audio for the full version until now. The one-off, mid-tempo single, both slightly nostalgic and somewhat synthy (is that a theremin?) beautifully showcases St. Vincent's vocals and, come on, that's what we're here for.

3. Ben Browning -- "Make It Easy"

While you weren't looking Cut Copy bassist, Ben Browning, has been forging his own solo career. Three years ago, Browning put out his first solo EP, Lover Motion, and today he's shared "Make It Easy," the lead single off his upcoming debut LP, Turns, which is due out this summer. The track has shades of Cut Copy's signature dance rock, but has some sunnier, glitchier aspects that set it apart.

4. Passion Pit -- "Until We Can't (Let's Go)"

Synth-pop titans Passion Pit are putting out their third LP, Kindred, on April 21. They've already shared tracks "Lifted Up (1985)" and "Where the Sky Hangs," and now they've gone for the hat trick. Driving and slightly frenetic, "Until We Can't (Let's Go)" is clarion call to escape the drudgery of the everyday. Perfect if you've still got a case of the Mondays. You can listen to it here on NPR.

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