The summertime is upon us. This usually means concerts, music festivals, beach trips, road trips and perhaps a handful of dance parties. Ten queer artists, solo and groups, are on the brink of releasing new albums. This means that there are a lot of new singles to listen, and music videos to watch. Not to mention, many shows to attend.
La Roux will release one of the most anticipated albums of 2014. Trouble in Paradise will follow their eponymous debut album, which included the international number-one hit “Bulletproof”. The single has sold over 2.4 million downloads in the US alone.
Mika just released a new French single, which will probably be part of his fourth studio album, which does not have a release date yet. This will follow The Origin of Love, in 2012, and Songbook, Vol. 1 his first and only greatest hits set which was released in Italy in 2013.
Sam Smith will likely succeed in following his three number-one hits in the UK, with current single, and seen as his official coming out, “Leave Your Lover”. The parent album, In The Lonely Hour, has been released to critical acclaim and landed two weeks on top of the album chart in the UK.
Sexy crooners and US folk artists Eric Himan and Tom Goss, who have worked together in the past, both released singles from their latest respective albums, Gracefully and Wait. Whereas Himan brings in the quirk and adorability to their up-tempo song and its playing dress-up music video, Goss opted for a melancholic yet uplifting ‘coming out of the dark’ single.
Also, singer and lyricist L.P., also known as Laura Pergolizz, has released her third studio album. Despite being known for her 2004 queer anthem “Wasted”, which was part of DC Pride Gay.com compilation in 2004, she has written songs for Erik Hassle, BSB, Aguilera, Rihanna and British sensation Rita Ora.
Attached, read about these artists and more, whilst watching their newest offerings.
Read the review for albums released in 2014: Passenger’s Whispers : Birdy’s Fire Within : Melanie Martinez’s The Dollhouse : Peter Aristone’s 19 Days in Tetbury : Lykke Li’s I Never Learn : Neon Trees’ Pop Psychology : Rufus Wainwright’s Rufus Wainwright: Live from the Artists Den : Lily Allen’s Sheezus : Ingrid Michaelson’s Lights Out : Kelis’ Food : The Sounds’ Weekend : Austra’s Olympia
“Let Me Down Gently”
[[“Let Me Down Gently”]] by La Roux
The single has been released as the first music video for the band’s second studio album, Trouble in Paradise. The album drops on July 7th. The band toured briefly to promote the release and is likely to extend the tour into the autumn months.
“Illuminate The Dark”
[[“Illuminate The Dark”]] by Tom Goss
Tom Goss has released a music video for a new track. The single is promoting his current US tour and latest album, Wait. In the album he collaborates with Matt Alber. “Illuminate” includes a part played by model Alex Minsky in its music video.
Watch the videos for “It’s All Over” and “Bears”
“Everything To You”
[[“Everything To You”]] by Eric Himan
The single is lifted from last year’s album, Gracefully. The set includes the single “Red Hot Tears”. This video follows “Not Going Anywhere Tonight”, a viral song and video against Arizona’s SB1062. Eric adorably wears many uniforms and sports different facial hair patterns as he croons ‘I want to be everything to you’.
Watch the videos for “Dust”, “Red Hot Tears”, and his covers.
See him on the lists: Best Music Videos of 2013, Best 30 Songs of 2013 (You Probably Have Not Heard)
[[“Habitat”]] by Austra
This release is part of a new EP, titled Habitat. The EP is out this week. This follows the two studio albums released in the last four years, Feel It Break and Olympia. The music video was directed by Matt Lambert and depicts six individuals trying to find her or himself in another being.
Watch the video for “Forgive Me”.
“Still Pretty” by KENN
After releasing his first EP, We Killed KENN, Kenneth released the music video for the rough and sadistic track he has called a queer homage to all the hyper-sexual singles by female pop stars like Rihanna, and Britney Spears. The director, Nick Holland, says it takes from nineties videos and ‘the raw feel of snuff film’.
See him on the list of the Best 30 Songs of 2013 (You Probably Have Not Heard)
“Tear The House Up”
[[“Tear The House Up”]] by Zebra Katz and Herve
The music video for the new single sees Zebra, Okay Morgan, rapping whilst dressed in bright colors, paints, make-up against similarly put-together sets and backdrops. He is joined by dancers.
Watch the video for “Blk Wiccan”.
“Leave Your Lover”
[[“Leave Your Lover”]] by Sam Smith
The newest visual released from Sam’s debut album, In The Lonely Hour, has been this lovely ballad which includes the video seen as Smith’s sexual orientation statement. The video sees the singer pinning for the other male actor of the triangular friendship depicted between the two and a female character.
[[“Jo”]] by Goldfrapp
This is the fourth single released from last year’s album release, Tales of Us. The music video is stylish, moody and sinister.
“Boum Boum Boum”
[[“Boum Boum Boum”]] by Mika
Mika is no stranger to rhythmic romps. His debut single “Grace Kelly” had a Freddie Mercury flair, but since then has created the likes of “Billy Brown”, “We Are Golden”, “Elle Me Dit” and “Popular Song”. This new single, his second French release, is out now internationally. Since his first release in 2006, he has amassed five worldwide number-one hits. His three studio albums have reached number-one in France.
In these camp lyrics Mika discusses having sex with a lover and not being able to contain himself. He refrained from turning this into a queer video, opting for an epic, multi-cultural, action-packed, cinematographic video.
Watch the video for “Popular Song” featuring Ariana Grande.
“Someday” and “”Night Like This”
[[“Someday” and “”Night Like This”]] by L.P.
L.P. has uploaded an album trailer for the current release, first with Warner Bros. and third overall, Forever For Now. This follows 2004’s release Suburban Sprawl and Alcohol. That set spawned the single “Wasted”. She is currently playing around the US, and will visit Ohio, Illinois, Michigan and Indiana.
She has written songs for BackStreet Boys, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Cher and Rita Ora.