New Music Monday Picks For May 2

Your New Music Monday picks for the first Monday of May include the hushed tones of Hope Sandoval, UK soul and new sounds out of Little D:

Denton’s Daniel Markham made his mark on the world with his 2013 debut Ruined My Life and then followed it up with 2014’s Pretty Bitchin’. Now he’s back with Disintegrator – a collection of 11 new songs showcasing his writing and riffing chops like a champ. Markham’s not only a huge hometown favorite – he’s also won the praise of The Big Takeover, the New York music mag helmed by the godfather of the punk rock journos, Jack Rabid. Come out and celebrate Disintegrator’s arrival this Friday at Shipping & Receiving in Fort Worth.

The unmistakable tones of Hope Sandoval are always a welcome addition to any playlist, and in addition to Mazzy Star, she and her Warm Inventions cohort Colm Ó Cíosóig (also of My Bloody Valentine) are gearing up for the release of the yet-to-be-titled follow-up to 2009’s Through The Devil Softly. Lead single “Isn’t It True” started life as a Record Store Day 2016 7-inch, released on Sandoval’s own Tendril Tales label, and will show up on the forthcoming album.

May 27 marks the mighty return of the UK R&B crooner Michael Kiwanuka with his sophomore album, Love And Hate, and thanks to the assist of his producer Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, he’s not holding back with his meatier sound or message. “Black Man In A White World” will get you up on your feet, stir your heart, and leave you chomping at the bit for the rest of the album, which promises to be just as stellar as his debut, Home Again.

Chicago’s Fruit Bats have been at it since 1997, and Absolute Loser, their sixth full-length, lands May 13 — a mere 12 days prior to their Three Links appearance in Deep Ellum on May 25. “Humbug Mountain Song” gallops along at a leisurely pace, punctuated by banjo riffs and Eric D. Johnson’s plaintive vocals and sophisticated lyricism. And who doesn’t love a smartypants bear?

Happy listening!