Matt’s Bestest Songs of the Week: 10/02/15
At seven thirty this morning a next door neighbor I’ve never actually met rang my doorbell asking for help. A cul-de-sac can cultivate an odd menagerie of jealousies and spites when all the houses are facing one another, continually seeing each other’s new cars and uncut lawns through drawn curtains. But this neighbor needed help getting her thirteen-year old dog into the car so she could take him to the vet for what was probably the last time. It’s worth noting how everything small falls away then, when such primal emotions such as loss and grief take the forefront. This ties to music somehow, I’m sure, but it’s a far off connection and it would be petty to make. Instead, let’s just enjoy the songs for what they are; captured moments and thoughts rarely able to be expressed any other way.
Brooke Annibale – “Like the Dream of It”
Because: This Pittsburgh singer-songwriter has been wielding pen to paper to craft for over ten years now, and she’s never sounded better.
Anna of the North – “The Dreamer”
Because: It sounds like a girl letting her hair fly free while dancing with the cast of STOMP in a harbour full of tugboats.
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Ivory Hours – “Warpaint”
Because: Smart lyrics, smart haircuts.
Chorusgirl – “Oh, To Be A Defector”
Because: It’s an English rolling-hills-countryside-bouncy romp of a tune, and with no rain even.
Little Simz – “Dead Body”
Because: Her video for “Dead Body” will frighten you to shivering in your boots, but her brand of brutal honesty is so enticing you’ll still rattle your way towards it.
Wild Child – “Fools”
Because: The Austin Indie Pop duo’s new album Fools is made up of half quiet consolations and half collective experimentations; never more fun than its titular tune.
Isaura – “Change It”
Because: Portuguese forays into atmospheric decoratives should be lauded – especially when they shift and amorphate like this.
Tom Lark – “Baby Give Up”
Because: As someone who just tries his best to awkwardly avoid people he craves to box about the ears, the brazen statement by Mr. Lark to “give up” on a relationship offers a refreshing alternative.
Tor Miller – “Carter & Cash”
Because: Considering June Carter was the “other woman” for Johnny Cash, you would best leave Tor Miller’s metaphor unopened, but can certainly trust in his ability to make a nifty Pop tune.
Breakbot – “Back For More”
Because: THREE BLOODY YEARS later, we finally get a new tune from hair-curtained French producer Thibaut Berland. It may be just a side project for him, but this small taste of a single will cause a full time addiction.
I Know Leopard – “Perfect Picture”
Because: Chugging churning percussion/guitar with full-time violin accompaniment should always get your motor running.
Briana Marela – “Follow It”
Because: If you play this stand out track from Marela’s All Around Us for your elders, they might give you all sorts of quizzical looks at first, but by the time it flourishes to an end, they’d be smiling and nodding at you, suddenly proud and willing to give you a cross-stitched sweater come Christmas.
Matt Corby – “Monday”
Because: Not sure what small portion of the worst day of the week this fits into, but it would best be sung by a revelry of post-funeral lads under a bridge in Central Park.
Later gators dine after Awhile crocodiles.