Another sweltering week has passed, which means it's time to freshen up our weekly playlist with the jams that have been in our ears all week long. And what's this? Two competing Song of the Summer declarations in one playlist? This week's edition of In Our Ears comes with a big slab of beef on the BBQ.
Florence and the Machine - "The End Of Love"
I've been listening to Florence and the Machine's new album, High As Hope
, since it came out. I actually think I've over-listened to "The End Of Love" this past week. It's made me shed one too many tears so I officially declare that I'm done with it. You heard it here first.
Kacey Musgraves - "High Horse"
Try and tell me this disco/country/pop hit isn't the song of the summer. I dare you.
Murder By Death - "True Dark"
A band that has been around a long time and continues to reinvent themselves, MBD is haunting in a way that sounds like they could score the intro to a Netflix true crime doc. "True Dark" is the first single released from their upcoming album The Other Shore
. I'm really looking forward to hearing the rest later in August.
Coheed and Cambria - "Unheavenly Creatures"
Claudio and his sci-fi outfit continue their epic saga with the title track from their upcoming album Unheavenly Creatures
. The new song is paired with a video that feels like Star Wars with a little Mad Max swirled in.
King Deco - "Castaway (New Immunity Remix)"
I'm a huge fan of the original version of "Castaway", and New Immunity takes it to another level. King Deco and New Immunity are two artists to watch. Don't be surprised when their names start popping up all over the place. This song has been out since 2016, but if you're hearing it for the first time today, your summer is about to become infinitely more fun.
San Holo - "The Future (ft. James Vincent McMorrow)"
This is one of those emotional electronic songs that makes you feel like you're walking in super slow-motion like a badass until someone honks at you because you're blocking traffic and your fly is undone. I can't stop listening to it.
Louis The Child- "Better Not (feat. Wafia)"
I swear this is the song of the summer. It's light mood and upbeat tone always make the day a little better.
Khalid, 6LACK, TY Dolla Sign - "OTW"
You can find Khalid on almost every song as of late, but this one is always my favorite while I'm driving around.
Restorations - "The Red Door"
As if we needed more evidence that Philadelphia is the best rock town in America... Restorations are prepping the release of their new album LP5000
, teasing things with a song about the dangers of gentrification ("What remains?/Every corner a new name") that absolutely explodes in the ear drums.
Wolfie's Just Fine - "Save The World"
Jon Lajoie (yes, Taco, from The League
) recently resurrected his extremely unfunny folk project, Wolfie's Just Fine, with a new EP titled Perfection, Nevada.
The new EP was produced by Mike Mogis and expands on the sound of his debut album, I Remembered but Then I Forgo
t, by painting in richer, somewhat more sinister colors. But it's OK...he's got it. "Everything you see is going to vanish suddenly/This is just a dream/All of the future rests on me/I'm gonna save the world".