Ah, the joys of the rentrée! Everywhere you go people seem overly delighted to return to their exciting jobs, children jump of excitement for going back to school, and the metro once again becomes filled with human warmth and fraternal body contact — especially during rush hour. After a two-month hibernation, Paris is once again the neurotic giant we all love to hate and hate to love; but it's exactly this paradox that keeps pulling us to the centre of the hurricane, even those who've had enough and are about to leave — and have been saying so for years now.

Not everything is depressing, though; the rentrée also means new music from some of our favourite artists, who are finally back in business after a full summer of non-stop touring. To soundtrack this magical return to reality we bring you tasters from five new upcoming releases to look forward to in the coming months, so plug in your headphones (or earbuds, we're not prejudiced) and enjoy the bliss of ignoring everything that's going on around you during that dreadful daily routine; that's what life's all about anyway.

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The Soft Rider announce debut EP The Pool

After having put out a debut track last August ('The Beach' b/w 'Palo Alto'), French musician Laurence Wasser's new project The Soft Rider will be releasing their debut EP next month via Atomic Bongos. The Pool is a collection of four tracks recorded between Los Angeles and Brussels that reflect that particular geographical tandem, a mix of sunkissed surfing vibes, italo-disco, and synthetic dreams enrobed in powerful acid. You can stream first single 'Words' above; The Pool is out on October 19th.

Bootchy Temple to release third album in October

Bordeaux quintet Bootchy Temple have announced they'll be following their 2017 LP Childish Bazar with a brand new album called Glimpses, which is due out on October 26th via Howlin' Banana/Azbin Records. Mixing the sweetness of jingle-janglish '90s twee with a pinch of Paisley Underground, the forthcoming release is previewed by the gorgeous lead single 'The Man With A Cane' which you can stream (and become immediately addicted to) above.

Dr CHAN unveil video for 'Wicked and Wasted'

Paris-based Dr CHAN have shared the visuals for new tune 'Wicked and Wasted', the latest single from their forthcoming new LP Squier which is due out on October 12th via Stolen Body Records. Following the release of the album's title track back in July, the quartet now treat us to a lo-fi hymn to the pixel that perfectly illustrates the carefree fuzziness of their sound. Energetic and addictive, 'Wicked and Wasted' is weird and down-to-earth in equal measure, making us anxiously anticipate the full record.

Rendez-Vous announce new album Superior State

Two Bonjour Motherfuckers ago we were wiggling our tails to the perspective of the arrival of Rendez-Vous' debut LP this fall; now we not only have a release date (October 26th, earlier than expected), but also the album's title-track and cover art. 'Superior State' is another excellent example of the band's unique post-punk sound, following lead single 'Double Zero' as an exciting promise of a more-than-adequate follow-up to their brilliant 2016 EP Distance. You can stream the track above.

CATHEDRALE unleash video for 'I Think I Can'

Also making a return to our beloved column are Toulouse collective CATHEDRALE, whose debut forthcoming album now has a confirmed name and release date: Facing Death is due out on November 16th via Howlin Banana/Fuzzkill/Juvenile Delinquent and its newest single 'I Think I Can' has just been given the visual treatment with a bizarre clip from Alison Flora and Félix Paineau. You can watch the video above. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the full shebang later in the year.

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