This Week’s Best Songs


It’s hard keeping on top of the new music coming out every week, so I don’t.

That’s actually my coping mechanism when anything gets too hard—I just stop doing it. Can’t fail if you never try, bambino. How you like them apples, Nike? Anyway, after a month of radio silence, I’m hungry like the wolf. No longer lost; now found. Need to get Duran Duran out of your head? Follow me.

Phoenix – Goodbye Soleil

This is what I imagine stoned Daft Punk fans would listen to if Cuba were in France. I know—nailed it.

Toro y Moi – Girl Like You

This is what I imagine graphic designers would listen to if Miami were in space.

Mogwai – Coolverine

September is gonna be a great month. The sun’ll be out, my childhood friend is getting married, it’ll almost be time to wake Billie Joe Armstrong up, and Mogwai is releasing their new album, Every Country’s Sun. Which reminds me, vocals are so overrated.

Zola Jesus – Exhumed

In saying that, vocals can also be extremely powerful. Take Zola Jesus, for example. Everything about this screams power. The strings, the beat, the voice, the video, even her name. Actually kind of a bit scary as a package deal. Hold me.

London Grammar – Oh Woman

The more I listen to the radio, the more certain I am that it’s detrimental to your health. The songs sound like commercials, the commercials sound like car crashes, and the hosts sound like talking lobotomies. Imagine my surprise when something this good came through my car speakers yesterday morning, then. It’s the first single from British trio London Grammar’s upcoming album, Truth Is A Beautiful Thing, out June 9.

Aldous Harding – Blend

Sometimes I hate words, because they fall short when describing music like Aldous Harding’s. Luckily I chose a profession dedicated to using them. What will I say, then? Dazzling? Mesmerizing? I quit.

Tricky – The Only Way

Berlin-based Tricky just dropped this track seemingly out of nowhere, which is fitting, because Tricky entered my life three hours ago from exactly the same place. By the sounds of it, I’ve been missing out big time.

Deer Tick – Sea of Clouds

John McCauley could sing a dog food commercial jingle and I’d play it on repeat. His voice is like soft sandpaper. It’s been four years since Deer Tick’s last album, and guess what happened in between? John married Michelle Branch, and guess who officiated? Stevie Nicks. Now he’s continuing to kick dem goals by releasing two albums at once this September—simply titled Deer Tick Vol. 1 and Deer Tick Vol. 2.

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