Hello everyone, and welcome to the latest installment of New Music Friday, your weekly fix of fresh tunes here on The 405. It's International Women's Day today, so I've made an effort to scout out some new female talent for you. There's a fairly diverse mix of stuff here this week anyway: my track of the week is the typically spacey return of one of the bands I'm extremely glad to have back, but there's also some post-punk, singer-songwriter sounds from Seattle (try saying that 10 times fast) and some sublime pop along the way In the words of one of the artists I've chosen to feature this week, "I know you've got a lot on your mind, and I don't want to waste your time," so let's get right into my chosen 12 new jams.



Track of the Week: The Besnard Lakes - 'People of the Sticks'

So, yeah, that happened. I know music writers have to do their best to be omnipresent, but this completely passed me by. Canadian psychedelic space-rock quartet The Besnard Lakes were one of my favourite discoveries of 2010 with their fantastically-titled third album, The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night, and now they're back. 'People of the Sticks' is the lead single from Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO (and the award for 'most baffling album title of the year goes to...), which is out on April 1st via the excellent Jagjaguwar, and is a dreamy yet propulsive song, driven by the impressive vocals of frontwoman Olga Goreas (as well as some seriously punchy drums) shuffling along for a few minutes before it gets all but drowned out by a swell of exhilarating noise. The next three weeks cannot pass quickly enough. The album gets bonus points for featuring ex-Wolf Parade man Spencer Krug. I'm excited, and you should be too.

CALI - 'Fatally Yours'

Canadian proggy shoegaze wasn't the only thing to stop me in my tracks this week. The singing voice of 22-year-old Cali - who, in fact, does not hail from California, but Seattle, and has been flitting between Dublin and London for the last three years (and through that tenuous connection, I can claim her as Irish, I suppose, which is fine by me) - also managed do that. She's influenced by such legends as Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone, and her debut single 'Fatally Yours' (arriving on April 15th) is old-fashioned but given a modern twist by the pattering electronic rhythms that pop up in its chorus. Driven by spine-tingling minor-key guitar arpeggios, as well as that voice - goddamn - 'Fatally Yours' is one of the most striking debut singles I've come across in quite a while. Cali's going to be a big deal very soon, mark my words.

PYYRAMIDS - 'Do You Think You're Enough?'

The debut album from PYYRAMIDS is very good indeed. I'm fortunate enough to have been in possession of it for a few months, so that's why I'm excited to share their latest single with you. Brightest Darkest Day arrives on UK shores on April 15th via Paracadute, and as one would expect from a collaboration between members of OK Go and He Say/She Say (Tim Nordwind and Drea Smith, respectively), it comes loaded with pop smarts and musical inventiveness. 'Do You Think You're Enough?' is driven by scuzzy bass and pounding drums, Smith's vocals lending the whole thing an air of sultriness that works wonderfully. It speeds by, before resolving itself with a most unexpected turn and finishing with an acoustic coda. It's meant as a powerful statement, and it works very well indeed. It should be more than enough to whet appetites for the full length.

This week also features music from Echopark, City Calm Down, The/Das, Sean Nicolas Savage, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Lou Breed, Skyway, Flower Orgy and Paw Paw.