This week's In Our Ears is brought to you by me, Baeble Music's
Managing Editor. This playlist is a completely inconsistent roller coaster of emotion and none of the songs are related to each other in the slightest. There is no overall theme. There is no real thought process behind this. It's just 13 songs I've been listening to by choice, when I'm not in the office listening to hundreds of pitches. These are 14 songs I've been listening to a lot lately for purely personal enjoyment -- songs that I think others will enjoy as well.
1. "The Love You're Given" by Jack Garratt
When I love a song, I kill it. I listen to it so many times in a row until I'm absolutely sick of it. This is one of those songs. It's a sad song that you can listen to when you're, well, sad, or you can focus on the music and chill out. The frustrating lyrics, the falsetto, the subtle groove, the break down at the end... Yeah. I haven't killed it yet, will probably squeeze another hundred listens out of this one.
2. "A 1000 Times" by Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
This is one of those songs that you sing along to in your headphones as you walk down the busy streets of New York because you're in a really great mood. It's an underrated song, but it sounds like an instant indie classic.
3. "Never Be Like You" by Flume ft. Kai
Another song I'm in the process of killing. It has such a fresh sound, which makes it easy to play on repeat.
4. "Best To You" by Blood Orange
We recently featured this track as our Song of the Day
and for good reason. I'm still swooning over Empress Of's pure-yet-quirky vocals and the interesting use of percussion.
5. "Decks Dark" by Radiohead
I put this here because I've been listening to A Moon Shaped Pool
a lot lately. This is just one of my favorite songs off of it. When the drums kick in along with the eerie voices, guitar, and bass, it reminds me a little bit of Bowie's Blackstar
(but with less sax, of course).
6. "You and I" by Margaret Glaspy
A great, simple, kind of funny song to jam out to while I'm out in the suburbs, driving with my windows down and trying to avoid all of the potholes on those narrow, small town streets.
7. "Are You Home" by BROODS
BROODS are hot, hot, hot right now. They just dropped their sophomore album, Conscious
, and this is one of the stand out tracks for me.
8. "Street Level" by Neon Indian
Been on a little bit of an Alan Palomo kick lately, since I just saw him live at East River Park earlier this week. Man, does that man know how to produce music. Layers on layers on layers, while also keeping the melody at the forefront.
9. "Cruel Ways" by Drowners
I liked their new album, On Desire,
but they absolutely blew me away with their live show last night at Bands +Brews. It was like The Strokes meets Catfish and The Bottlemen.
10. "Eyes Wide" by Handsome Ghost
Handsome Ghost's latest single, my latest obsession. An uplifting hook and production so sharp it could cut through steel.
11. "No Problem" by Chance The Rapper ft. Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz
This song along with Coloring Book
in its entirety makes me so happy. You can feel
Chance's happiness because he's so grateful for everything.
12. "Gabby" by The Internet ft. Janelle Monae
God, this song is so sensual. Jazzy R&B, fizzy grooves, and smooth vocals... I ain't complaining.
13. "Always" by Tor Miller
Real talk, I listened to this song three times in a row when I went for a run earlier this week. Is that sad? Or funny? Or normal? I'm not sure, but the chorus gets me so pumped... Makes me feel unstoppable... We all need a song that makes us feel like a superhero.