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  • Barely a year away from the release of her sixth album Short Movie, UK singer/songwriter Laura Marling has announced a new album, Semper Femina, due out March 10th on her own label, More Alarming Records (via Kobalt Music Recordings). Via a press release, she elaborates: "I started out writing Semper Femina as if a man was writing about a woman, and then I thought; it's not a man, it's me. I don't need to pretend it's a man to justify the intimacy, or the way I'm looking and feeling about women. It's me looking specifically at women and feeling great empathy towards them, and by proxy, towards myself." Hear the first single -- "Soothing" -- below, through a slightly-NSFW video, directed by Marling herself. [Under the Radar]

  • The xx continue down the promotional path for their forthcoming full-length, I See You, releasing a video for their single "On Hold." The clip, appropriately, has vocalists Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim singing into phones... quite probably, on hold. The video was shot in Marfa, Texas, one of several cities where they recorded the album, besides New York, Reykjavik, Los Angeles, and London. I See You hits stores January 13th via Young Turks. [Spin]

  • Semi-mysterious dubstep artist Burial shares two new songs today -- sorta by accident. Over the Black Friday weekend, a record shop in Toronto "accidentally" sold the 12" single. This set off a flurry of clicks to his Bandcamp, where the physical release is now sold out. But you can stream both the songs -- “Young Death” and “Nightmarket” -- below. [Pitchfork]

  • And one more new video, this time from UK duo Ultimate Painting. Watch as band members Jack Cooper and James Hoare wander through town to the melodic strains of "Monday Morning, Somewhere Central." (Keep an eye out for a guest appearance from Cooper's cat, Tobi.) You can find the track on their latest LP, Dusk, out now on Trouble In Mind. The guys are back in the States, on tour with EZTV. See if they're coming to your town here. [Stereogum]

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