BØRNS - "Supernatural"
BØRNS released his sophomore record Blue Madonna just last week and his growth as an artist is so evident in these new songs. It was hard just picking one, but when I listened to "Supernatural" for the first time my ears popped up and I was like... woah. It's so different for him, with the psychedelic guitars and crazy fast experimental tempo.
Troye Sivan - "TALK ME DOWN"
I chose this song for two reasons. The first is because I have been crazy obsessed with anything Troye Sivan related this week. He is amazing. The second is because my boyfriend is away for a while so naturally I'm feeling super mushy and the lyrics in this song are making me cry. *Grabs a tissue*.
Franz Ferdinand - "Feel The Love Go"
I interviewed Alex and Paul of Franz Ferdinand earlier this week and their personalities match their music -- super cool. Talking to them was an absolute joy and now I'm even more excited for their upcoming album, Always Ascending.
Troye Sivan - "YOUTH"
Troye Sivan deserves the newfound success that has come with his single, "MY MY MY!". I'm not going to lie, I had never listened to Troye Sivan until two weeks ago, but now that I've started, I can't stop. "YOUTH" is one song in particular that I've been playing on repeat from Blue Neighbourhood.
Pell - "chirpin'"
"chirpin'" is all about wanting more than just social media interactions. I think we are all guilty of having our head in the clouds - or on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook - and not in reality. My favorite part of the track is when he delivers the line, "Need to get off of the internet / searching for something more intimate."
Sylvan Esso - "Hey Mami"
I used to listen to this song all the time. Sylvan Esso has consistently delivered some of my favorite songs over the years, but I think "Hey Mami" takes the cake.
The Cranberries - "Dreams"
Having returned to the music of The Cranberries this week, under the worst possible circumstances, I can't possibly leave them out of my picks. "Dreams" shows off the group's softer side, standing as the quintessential example of Dolores O'Riordan's incredible vocal ability.
Sufjan Stevens - "Decatur, or, Round of Applause for Your Step-Mother!"
A catchy song title as always from Sufjan. Carrie & Lowell may have surpassed Illinois as his best album in my estimation, but it's the latter that introduced me to his music and I always come back to it. Every time I take a trip to Illinois I discover a new favorite track and this time it's "Decatur".
White Lies - "Death"
I first heard this track a few weeks ago in Ana Lily Amirpour's moody vampire flick A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and I haven't stopped listening to it since. It's one of the best soundtrack choices I've seen in a long time. Paced to perfection, "Death" encapsulates the emotion of the film's pivotal scene.