Matt’s Bestest Songs Of The Week: 2/12/12
For many a music(al) blogger, there are the songs we like and then there are the song we post about. Not to say the two don’t overlap sometimes, but when a song isn’t BRAND new (December of two-thousand TWELVE?), or high in the totem pole of hippest news on the block, we keep it in our back pocket, or just share it amongst friends.
But that isn’t right. It isn’t fair. If you’re visiting The Wounded Jukebox, consider yourself a friend of Matt, and deserving of some of the/Matt’s “Bestest Songs” of this week.
Tegan and Sara – “Closer”
Because: I’ve never been more willing to sing a song about the sexy sex so loud and proud.
Hawklion – “Gold & Silver”
Because: They’re Irish, and the folk of the Green County rarely have this much energy. Also the music video.
Ivan & Alyosha – “Running For Cover”
Because: This song makes me feel like it’s all going to be swell and okay. Be sure to watch the music video too.
Daughter – “Still”
Because: Every song by the London trio is ambiently fantastic, but “Still” is our lone sneak preview from the upcoming debut album If You Leave (out March 18th). I also might be a little in love with vocalist Elena Tonra.
Frightened Rabbit – “Backyard Skulls”
Because: The Scottish band recently returned w/ their major label debut, Pedestrian Verse. The whole record is wonderful, but standouts like “Backyard Skulls” and “Holy” are the best they’ve made in a while. (Acoustic Version)
Night Beds – Country Sleep
Because: This entire record is a huge breath of fresh air to me. It’s like Fleet Foxes and Ryan Adams are making love in your ear canals. Nashville’s Winston Yellen and company are destined for some “Best of…” lists this year.
Young Maverick – “Janitor”
Because: The Australians and their sun worshiping ways tend to make their music more delightful than glaring, “Janitor,” the new single from the Melbourne foursome, is rife with bright electric guitar and hand-claps.
Tiger Waves – “Countryside”
Because: I’m loving this band. And if a grown man was allowed to skip and wear a top hat in a field of sunflowers, I would run off to the Scandinavian countryside right now and do it/wear it to this tune.
Lovelier Other – “Leave This Behind”
Because: The song leaves a rhythmic imprint in your brain. It has a very simple melody, but it builds and drifts.
Sin Fang – “Sunbeams”
Because: Animal Collective is a bit too acidic for my stomach, but Iceland’s Sin Fang provides a similar taste and the bass on this bright tune. Watch a great live KEXP take here.
MØ – “Pilgrim”
Because: I have Lykke Li withdrawl, and Denmark’s Karen Marie Ørstead fills it. “Pilgrim” is MØ’s genre wrenching debut single from her forthcoming album.
Anna & Fionn – “Dogwood Blossom”
Because: The stoic Fionn Regan and the beautiful 70’s relic Anna Friel pair together very well. And, the shirt…. Forgive my baser instincts. But there’s an interview between the two, with finger-kissing and impromptu song performances here.