Songs for the dog days of summer: 4 new tracks you'll hear on The Current

by Peter Valelly

Singer / Songwriter Aimee Mann
Singer / Songwriter Aimee Mann (Photo courtesy the artist)

The end of summer may technically be on the horizon, but it sure doesn't feel like it — the sun is still scorching and the air is thick and humid. Still, August always tends to usher in a little wistfulness, and here are four new songs we're playing on The Current that might give you a little perspective on the season, from the melodic melancholia of Aimee Mann to the noisy rock of Dinosaur Jr.

Aimee Mann – "Charmer"

Esteemed singer-songwriter Aimee Mann is slated to return with her eight studio album — and first in four years — in September. Charmer will be produced by her bassist Paul Bryan and features a guest spot from the Shins' James Mercer. The title track is a synth-powered mid-tempo alt-rock number, with Mann's lyrics taking aim at manipulative, untrustworthy people.

Field Report – "I Am Not Waiting Anymore"

Field Report is a solo project from Chris Porterfield, onetime member of the band DeYarmond Edison that eventually splintered into Bon Iver and Megafaun. Although Porterfield fled the frigid Midwest for North Carolina, he's maintained connections with his former bandmates, recording Field Report's self-titled album in Justin Vernon's April Base studio. Check out a first taste from the album here.

Dinosaur Jr. – "Watch the Corners"

The original line-up of foundational indie rockers Dinosaur Jr. regrouped in 2005 despite a history of intense acrimony and in-fighting. Defying all expectations, J. Mascis, Lou Barlow and drummer Murph have now stayed together longer than they did in Dinosaur Jr's initial incarnation (the trio was formed in 1984, and Barlow left the band in 1989; Mascis, who has been the only constant in the line-up, continued using the Dinosaur Jr name until 1997). I Bet on Sky, due out September 17, will be their third full-length since reuniting.

Two Door Cinema Club – "Sleep Alone"

Irish indie-rockers Two Door Cinema club debuted in 2010 with the energetic, post-punk influenced album Tourist History. Now they're back with their sophomore release Beacon, due out on September 4. Check out the jittery, melodic first single "Sleep Alone" below.