ReR Recommends: That Wizard Playlist

For those uninitiated, “wizard” is what the Brits say when something is cool. Cool like fezzes are cool. I’m trying to bring it to America without making it sound like I’m from Harry Potter or Doctor Who. I’ll let you know how that goes…

On with the show: here are some foreigners (or people across the proverbial “pond”) playing good music for your listening pleasure. Also, it depends on which “pond” you’re talking about. I’m talking about the ones like Amy (I can’t stop myself).

Muse is back! Their new album The 2nd Law is out this September. “Survival” will be used in the Olympics this year as the main official song and, let’s just say it’s epic in the way that Muse is known for. It’s all about winning, which is fitting.

The Presets, out of Australia, are coming out with a new album on September 14th, through Modular Records. The video is trippy, in the same way that “Henrietta” and “Longevity” by Yeasayer are.

Starbucks is putting together a compilation of covers of Fleetwood Mac songs and, wouldn’t you know it, Lykke Li sings “Silver Springs”.

“Colours” by Native Roses is one of the many indie-folk-pop songs that hope to break into the popular music scene with their girl/guy duet, in the same vein of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and Of Monsters and Men. Judge for yourself.

In keeping with the idea of foreign people singing songs and sometimes walking around in their underwear, wearing muted colors and licking axes, listen to Alpine’s new song, “Gasoline”.

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