Andy Shauf - "The Magician"
I'm a little late on getting into Andy Shauf, but since then I've been obsessed with his album The Party
. This album is a conceptual look at the way people behave at parties and "The Magician" is the first track off this awkward but endearing collection of songs. The Canadian songwriter sounds like a mix between Elliott Smith and The Beatles as he sings about a magician performing.
Pinegrove - "Old Friends"
I'm excited to see what Pinegrove accomplishes in 2017. In 2016, they self released their debut LP Cardinal
, which is full of gems written by their lead singer/songwriter Evan Stephens Hall. "Old Friends" is one of those instantly entrancing songs. With an unforgettable hook like "Every outcome's such a come down"
this song will have you texting that high school BFF you haven't seen in years.
Kraus - "Pitch F*****"
Kraus' debut album End Tomorrow
came at the best time for our country. It's one of those "I'm stressed and need some loud guitars to calm me down albums." Oh, and this album is very loud. Noise rock has never been my favorite, but with this album you can hear deliberate layers of fuzz and crunch, making you realize that this noise is actually a very well thought out project. It can become too much as youre bombarded with drums, but then his voice will come in, singing some pop melody, that gives you a sense that everything will be alright. It reminds me of a modern, more abrasive My Bloody Valentine.
Thane, BJ The Chicago Kid & Anderson .Paak - "Responsibilities"
This song is so incredibly vibe-y, bluesy, soulful and fun. I can't get enough of it. The horn section with the violin backed by some funky beats at the very end is my favorite part. It's a song from Thane's Topia
that was released last September - which infuses electronic, jazz and soul techniques with amazing production. .Paak and BJ the Chicago Kid deliver silky vocals to this track and its *by far* my favorite song on the album.
Tennis - "Ladies Dont Play Guitar"
The husband and wife duo went on another sea voyage early last year to get inspired to write some songs and this one came out of that. Alaina Moore's voice in this song is as melodious as ever and it's such a breezy, pretty song. It sounds like a song you'd listen to while you're in the middle of the ocean.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - "Jade"
So I revisited one of my favorite documentaries,Big Easy Express
and holy shit, I love everything about it. It's a must-see. But it also made me extremely depressed that the frontman of Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Alex Ebert, and his then-girlfriend, Jade Castrinos, broke up a few years ago. They were the most adorable couple. So as I was watching this documentary for the four-hundredth time a few nights ago, I was reminded how much I love this song.
Arcade Fire - "I Give You Power" ft. Mavis Staples
Arcade Fire is one of my favorite bands of all time, and I've basically been anticipating new music from them since their last release, Reflektor.
I had high expectations for the new song, as I usually do with Arcade Fire, and they most certainly did not disappoint. It's textbook AF with subtle enhancements. It's simple, powerful, and has that same danceable AF rhythm we all know and love.
The 1975 - "Robbers"
Oh yeah, I'm throwin' it back. All the way to 2013. Man, I love this song so I've just been revisiting it. The chorus is so cinematic and Matty Healy does not
hold back with his scream, which I'm a sucker for.
Sharon Van Etten - "Your Love Is Killing Me"
This is one of those songs I revisit every few months or so and think, "wow, I wish I wrote this or something." As I continue to grow as a person and my taste changes, my love for these lyrics never change... Because they're just too good. "Break my legs so I won't walk to you / Cut my tongue so I can't talk to you / Burn my skin so I can't feel you."
CocoRosie - "Smoke 'Em Out" ft. ANOHNI
This song is so whimsical and magical... With all of the different vocals (especially ANOHNI's voice, which adds an incredible dynamic), effects, and bouncy beats, this is great to chill to.
Yasutaka Nakata - "Crazy Crazy" ft. Charli XCX and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Our fave singer-songwriter Charli XCX and J-Pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu teamed up to sing together on Japanese DJ Yasutaka Nakata's new track and it's perfect - high energy, intricate production, and honestly, it's just straight up fun. Perfect for the weekend. (The intro also samples an AllState commercial, which is hilarious).
John Mayer - "Moving On and Getting Over"
First a J-Pop song and now a slow-burning, guitar-driven John Mayer track
? My mind has clearly been scattered musically this week, but hey, a little genre diversity never hurt nobody. This is a good "Sunday Song" - chill to the subtle groove of Mayer's guitar and listen to him progressively get more and more over a woman throughout a song. It's calming and reassuring - good for relaxing.