Chase McBride - "On The Other Side"
This song is so dreamy. It makes me want to be driving along the PCH in California with all the windows down as I stare at the ocean. San Francisco-based songwriter, Chase McBride, just came out with a new album, Cold Water and every song on the EP is full of creative, atmospheric folk songs. It's so good.
Mac DeMarco - "Let Her Go"
Well, we've had some warmer winter days this week, but those days are coming to an end this weekend as we will be back in the 30s. This upbeat psych-rock track will brighten anyone's day and bring a little warmth wherever you are. Mac DeMarco does no wrong.
VeilHymn - "Hymn"
VeilHymn is the new duo made up of Dev Hynes from Blood Orange and Bryndon Cook of Starchild & the New Romantic, which is pretty exciting. They've just released this song today and Cook takes the lead on vocals, hitting some soaring falsettos, and Hynes on the production. The song opens with some atmospheric outdoor sounds into a slow jam groove. I'm exciting to hear more from these two.
The Smiths - "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now"
I recently discovered the Spotify feature that lets you download albums to the app, so you can listen without service! This works great for subway travel here in New York. I've been revisiting a bunch of my favorite albums like Hatful Of Hollow by The Smiths. One of my favorite tracks off this compilation is "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now," the combination of Morrissey using his falsetto and that iconic guitar riff make for an incredible track.
Lil Uzi Vert - "Top"
Okay so Lil Uzi Vert is a guilty pleasure of mine and I can't explain exactly why I like him so much. His hooks are contagious, his flow is unique, and more than anything he just sounds like he's having fun. It's the kind of song that was made to be blared out of car speakers.
Allison Crutchfield - "Dean's Room"
This song had me from the crunchy drum that opens the track, and once the New Order-esque synth floats on in, I was hooked. Allison Crutchfield just dropped Tourist in This Town her debut solo album, after playing in bands like P.S. Elliot and Bad Banana for years. It's definitely an album worth checking out. "Dean's Room" is a perfect example of the confessional, while also confrontational strength that Allison Crutchfield possesses as a songwriter.
Austra - "I Love You More Than You Love Yourself"
I just caught Austra last night at Warsaw in Brooklyn and they were a whimsical little number. Katie Stelmanis' voice is like Florence Welch mixed with Bjork, Aurora, and Marina and The Diamonds. But even with all of these influences, she's still very much her own artist. All of her lyrics ring out positivity - particularly this one, which is about loving someone who suffers from depression - and the music itself is lightweight, airy, and straight up magical. Austra is like a little music fairy.
Father John Misty - "Pure Comedy"
I listened to I Love You, Honeybear WAY too much; it was time for some new material. And Josh Tillman is addressing a lot of issues with humanity on this upcoming record, which is something we need right now. We need all of our favorite artists to contribute to this reality we are now in, with a dash of hope... Hopefully.
Real Estate - "Darling"
In addition to Father John Misty, Real Estate are also back! It's a good week, people. They sound like the typical Real Estate we all know and love, but with more polished production and a dash of clarity. We can always count on this NJ band to calm us down and make us feel a lil' nostalgic.