Dance-pop kings Gold Fields return with a brand-new single, "You're Still Gone."
Tribal dance-pop pioneers Gold Fields are self-proclaimed perfectionists -- word is that the MTV Artists To Watch rerecorded their debut album, Black Sun, a whopping three times before they felt completely satisfied with it. (We understand -- show us a writer who enjoys reading their own work, and we'll show you a liar.) But in the Australian quintet's case, their deep-seated perfectionism has paid off time and time again with not only shockingly good live shows, but with booming indie-dance tracks like "Dark Again," "Happy Boy," and their latest addictive Black Sun single, "You're Still Gone."
Listen to Gold Fields' "You're Still Gone" after the jump.
Welcome to Buzzworthy's "The Week In Pop," where we round up new album releases, talk show musical guests, and TV performances by your favorite pop stars and more (so you don't have to).
This week, Atoms For Peace (aka the supergroup side project of Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea) release their debut album. Also, Gold Fields drop their first full-length record (they perform on Wednesday's "Jimmy Kimmel Live"), and Swedish synth-pop duo Sally Shapiro drop their third full-length effort. Meanwhile, fellow Swedes Shout Out Louds mark the 10-year anniversary of their debut with the release of their fourth album, Optica. Over on TV, find out who will make it through rounds 3 and 4 of the Vegas semifinals on "American Idol" this Wednesday and Thursday. The week closes out with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis as musical guests on "Saturday Night Live."
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
+ Atoms For Peace, AMOK: Electro-rock outfit Atoms For Peace comprises Radiohead's Thom Yorke, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, frequent Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich, drummer Joey Waronker, and percussionist Mauro Refosco. The group formed after Yorke's solo tour for The Eraser, where the band gelled so well that they hit the recording studio, and Atoms For Peace was born. The nine-song Amok is their official debut album; check out "Judge Jury And Executioner."
+ Gold Fields, Black Sun: Originally the Aussie quintet mined more noir country stylings, but they shifted musical gears when they wrote "Treehouse," which took them in a percussive and dancey direction (watch them perform "Treehouse" live). The song appears both on their EP from last year and on their new Black Sun 11-song debut. Stream Black Sun here on Buzzworthy before it drops tomorrow, and also take a look at their black-and-white, tribal-themed "Dark Again" video.
Check out more new album releases, upcoming TV appearances, and performances after the jump.
Meet MTV's latest Artist To Watch: Gold Fields
When Australia's Gold Fields walk on stage, you wouldn't immediately think, "These guys are gonna make me DANCE tonight." In fact, the guys look pretty unassuming in person -- they're all unkempt hair, hoodies, and T-shirts -- except once the lights dim, all bets are off: Childhood friends Mark Fuller, Vinci Andanar, Luke Peldys, Rob Clifton, and Ryan D'Sylva set the stage on fire with their entrancing brand of tribal dance rock -- a synthy, new wave-influenced sound that recalls fellow Aussies Cut Copy and British club kings Bloc Party.
Read more about Gold Fields after the jump.
Stream Gold Fields' "Black Sun" album before it drops next week!
2013's already shaping up to be a defining year for Australian dance masters Gold Fields. Playing Cut Copy-meets-Bloc Party dark-horse party singles, Gold Fields' tightly wound minor-key electro-pop arrangements are not only a pleasure to witness in concert, but they're basically begging for a spot on every DJ's playlist -- especially the ones who can't get enough new wave. Now, after releasing a self-titled EP in 2011, working the 2012 SXSW circuit, and touring all over the U.S., they're just on the cusp of unveiling their first full-length album, Black Sun.
+ Listen to Gold Fields' Black Sun after the jump.
Frontman Mark Fuller performs with Gold Fields at NYC's Bowery Ballroom.
It's a little startling to see how quickly Australia's Gold Fields have risen in the dance-pop ranks (we only just caught them opening for Diamond Rings last December), but we think you'll fully understand why after watching them tear through a set of driving tribal drumbeats and crazy hooky dance melodies at their "Live In NYC" performance. True, the electro-dance-rock quintet have only got one four-song EP to their name, but it's a powerful one, featuring synth-laden playlist staple tracks like "Dark Again" and "Treehouse." Now prepping to release their debut LP, Black Sun, via Astralwerks next week, the MTV Artists To Watch for 2013 recently unleashed a jaw-droppingly tight performance at NYC's Bowery Ballroom, featuring "Dark Again," "Treehouse," "Moves," and "Happy Boy." Watch "Dark Again" and "Treehouse" right here, and watch the full show on MTV Hive!
+ Watch Gold Fields perform "Dark Again" and "Treehouse" from their MTV Artist to Watch "Live in NYC" performance.
Gold Fields evaluate what it is to be "Happy" on their brand-new single.
We've officially been obsessed with Aussie dance-rock darlings Gold Fields ever since we caught the five-piece opening for Astralwerks labelmates Diamond Rings late last year. And although the guys were draped in hoodies and low light, their booming brand of earwormy, synthed-out melodies were reason enough to jump on the bandwagon with a quickness. Now, not only have we nominated them as one of MTV's "Artists To Watch" for 2013 but the five-piece has been making tsunami-size waves among music types, winning praise from outlets such as Billboard, Vice, and even The New York Times.
After premiering their tribal-themed "Dark Again" video, the Buzz On alum have just dropped their brand-new single, "Happy Boy," the first track off of their forthcoming full-length debut, Black Sun (out Feb. 26).
Listen to Gold Fields' "Happy Boy" after the jump.