Maribou State - "Home"
This song is real easy on the ears and makes you feel pretty good. I've never heard of Maribou State until this song popped on my Spotify Discover playlist (which is always so spot-on) but I have a feeling I'll be listening to this whole LP throughout the weekend. "Home" is short and sweet with no words but songs like this are good for the soul.
Whitney - "No Matter Where We Go"
Light Upon the Lake
is one of those records that never gets old, even though it's been circling back on my playlist since its release. I love how it has the 60s classic rock sound with the high-pitched vocals and the chorus is incredibly catchy.
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Jack White - "Apple Blossom"
Jack White's recently released collection of acoustic recordings is a stellar look at what I think is the best side of this living legend. This is the brighter, remixed version of the song from The White Stripes' 2000 album, De Stijl.
Sia - "The Greatest"
I'm beginning to think Sia is the best pop star we have... on songwriting alone. This has a little bit of everything the radio sounds like right now... that pop tropicalism thing, the "Millennial Whoop"
, Kendrick Lamar. And yeah, sometimes we all gotta hear we're free to be the absolute greatest person alive.
Kishi Bashi - "Flame on Flame (a Slow Dirge)"
Kishi's new one, Sonderlust,
drops today and I'm telling you, it's just 40 minutes of wonderful music. I've only been able to give the album one spin, but there is something about this song that stuck out. Its chorus is vaguely reminiscent of "Comfortably Numb", and I love the idea of this inventive, whimsical maestro channeling Pink Floyd.
Mac Miller - "Dang! (feat. Anderson .Paak)"
This song was released as a single back in late July, and I somehow missed it until now. Mac Miller just released his album The Divine Feminine
today, and I haven't been able to get through the whole thing yet because I had to put this song on repeat. Anderson .Paak puts a smooth hook on a groovy beat, and with Miller's rhymes the rest is history. This is a feel-good song, and I know I'll be feeling good going into this weekend.
A$AP Rocky - "Canal St. (feat. Bones)"
I have a simple mind - I was in the Canal St. subway station a couple days ago, so naturally I had to listen to "Canal St." This song flew under the radar, understandably not generating as much buzz as other tracks on last year's AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP.
But if you appreciate Rocky's lyricism and his signature rags-to-riches cockiness, "Canal St." will stick with you.
Arctic Monkeys - "Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts"
This song was released with "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor," Arctic Monkeys' first single ever, back in 2005. Every once in a while it invades my head and I get to reminisce while jamming out. If you never knew early Arctic Monkeys, fall in love with this song. If you put away early Arctic Monkeys when you put away your flip phones and Warped tour shirts, dig them all out and have a 2000s appreciation party. Either way, don't forget this song.
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Broods - "Heartlines"
Listened to this one a dozen times this week.
Jocelyn and Chris Arndt - "Where is the Rain"
Singer Jocelyn Arndt can bring it like few others.
Birdy - "Take My Heart
Although I just picked it up a few days ago, Birdy released her album Beautiful Lies
earlier this year and it's pretty rad. She's known for her "Skinny Love" cover but every original song on here is a hit and has a huge chorus... She sounds like Kate Bush if Kate Bush wrote pure pop songs. I love this song which is on the darker, more cinematic side (because I'm emo). it's great for any Charlotte OC-inspired heartbreak anthem lovers.
Local Natives - "Mother Emanuel"
Yeah, I featured one of Local Natives' other songs in last week's In Our Ears, so what? Last week I hadn't had a chance to really dive deep into the record, but now it's all I've been listening to and I can now confidently say that this song, along with "Dark Days," is a clear highlight.
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam - "When The Truth Is..."
Every song that this collab dropped off of their record I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
has been pure excellence. You can stream the full LP on NPR here
Carly Rae Jepsen - "Higher"
As I sit on the subway for two hours each day, I usually tend to listen to one album on repeat. This week, I've been switching back and forth between Local Natives' Sunlit Youth
and Cary Rae's EMOTION
B-Sides. I listen to some indie rock and then when I'm craving more polished, boy-obsessed pop, I turn this song on. Weird but oddly satisfying combo.