It goes without saying that we listen to A LOT of music over the course of the work week. In Our Ears is our weekly round-up of what we couldn't stop spinning, packaged up in one nifty Spotify playlist that you can take with you into the weekend.
DAVID M'S PICKS
Astr - "Bleeding Love"
I know we had them at our SXSW showcase and they are on the car's mixtapes. I get tired of my mixtapes and need to swap them out after a while. This song is one I haven't gotten tired of. When it comes on, the volume goes up and the dog puts his paws over his ears and the mommies of Park Slope look on disapprovingly.
Marian Hill - "One Time"
These guys have been building momentum over the last year or so. Their sound with the Synth and Sax is seductive and full of a swing that you just don't hear much of right now. They are sonically distinct and appealing, which to my mind is a huge win.
DAVID P'S PICKS
Bob Moses - "Tearing Me Up"
One of our interns encountered this band at Governors Ball last weekend and enthusiastically yapped about them to me, to the point where I just had to listen to them... and you know what? They didn't suck! Not by a long shot! I like the way this song builds... I like its sneaky mood. It's kind of sexy. Thanks for the tip Evan!
Chance The Rapper - "Angels"
I am by no means a Chance devotee. I recognize that he's a really talented dude who happens to present himself in a much less obnoxious way than Mr. Kanye West, his Windy City counterpart. It's like nice guy rap. So I've listened to Coloring Book a few times and this is the track that sticks out to these ears. It's soulful and sounds like the temperature melting the damn thermometer on a hot summer day, and I'm ready for a few hot summer days.
JAHKOY - "Still in Love"
I don't know what it is, but something about this track is so magnetic. The first time I heard it, I was immediately locked in. I love the dark, synth-driven beat... And if someone told me it was Miguel singing, I'd probably believe them. Also, check out the video that goes along with this, because it's adorable and personally, it enhanced the way I feel about the song itself.
Tegan and Sara - "That Girl"
I didn't get a chance to listen to Tegan and Sara's new album, Love You to Death yet, but I managed to listen to the first song and really fell in love. Part of me misses The Con era of the duo, but I'm also proud of them for executing synth-pop so well. I could totally picture this song soaring throughout an enormous room of people.
Wolf Parade - "I'll Believe In Anything"
I stopped by McCarren Park last night and caught indie rock band, Wolf Parade's Northside set, and was pretty damn impressed. The band was on a hiatus for the last few years, so I've only just recently been getting to know the four-piece, but "I'll Believe In Anything" is a stellar introduction to their proggy, punk sound.
Bright Eyes - "Easy/Lucky/Free"
Bright Eyes is hands-down, one of my favorite bands, so naturally, when I found out Conor Oberst was a headliner at Northside Festival this year, I had to dust off their records. Every few months or so, I'll listen to their entire catalog and marvel at how much, how often and how significantly Conor Oberst has evolved over the course of his career. He truly transcends genre and few artists make me think or feel the way Bright Eyes has.