New Music Monday picks for December 14, 2015

Your New Music Monday picks for this gorgeous Monday include the mighty return of Thao Nguyen and Pete Yorn, and a swipe at Sepp Blatter!

Our favorite new musical find comes from a 16-year-old London singer-songwriter who shows off his whip-smart chops with a tuneful indictment of FIFA corruption and a salve for the Brazilian cities that didn’t fare so well in the wake of World Cup 2014. Declan McKenna channels another favorite Declan of ours when it comes to biting lyrics and tasty hooks. We can’t wait to hear more from this emerging talent:

March 4 marks the return of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, with the release of Man Alive. This long-awaited follow up to We The Common is Thao Nguyen’s most emotional and introspective effort to date — an exploration of her relationship with her absent father. Man Alive also ventures into loops and beats territory this time around, and with Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs in the producer’s chair, get ready for what’s surely one of the most unpredictable and fantastic rides of 2016:

We believe that Pete Yorn‘s first solo release in six years is cause for celebration. You probably will, too, when you hear this dreamy track from Arranging Time, slated for release via Capitol Records: