Matt’s Bestest Songs of the Week: 10/16/15 [Deluxe Late Edition]
In the apologetic spirit that comes with being late and tardy to an important class, I bring you donuts and coffee in the form of extra songs that will frighten, enrapture, and soothe you; almost exactly like what donuts and coffee and a Behavioral Neuroscience class should do. From English box envelopers and curtain mongers, to African Lauryn Hills, to Southern California’s best memory of water slides, I hope you enjoy.
Everything Everything – “No Reptile”
Because: There is absolutely never a wrong time to discover this brilliant English band who do music like Eric Andre does comedy. Which is to say; subverting all your expectations and pilfering your brain whilst it offers you handfuls of gleaming gold mixed amongst pure insanity (see “Cough Cough”).
James Blake – “The Sound of Silence” (Simon & Garfunkel Cover)
Because: James Blake has a residency on BBC Radio 1 where he plays songs he likes, interviews guests, and then on an occasional sunny English day, he performs covers. His most recent -sung with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon- has to be the most suitable cover that’s ever been covered in the history of covers.
Guy Garvey – “Angela’s Eyes”
Because: Elbow’s singer goes solo and he experiments the shit out of this hip rotator.
Elvett – “So Easy To Leave”
Because: Surrounding their debut single with excellent instrumental peripherals at all the right times, the Swede duo tells the woes of walking away from a relationship/argument too soon.
Kopecky – “Talk To Me”
Because: It makes me want to talk to him, and I’ve never even been to me.
Lucy Peach – “Be So Good”
Because: Somewhere in the middle of shooting this video (2:47), Lucy Peach was proposed to by her cameraman boyfriend. And I’m a sucker for schticks.
[Lucy Peach Facebook]
George Cosby – “Ritual Blush”
Because: The guy’s vocals are a keen blend of Elvis Costello and Michael McDonald.
[George Cosby Facebook]
Madeira – “Let Me Down”
Because: New Zealand’s and Yumi Zouma’s (former) singer manages to summon seven separate subcategories of feelings with her voice.
Camel Power Club – “Ourson”
Because: More grandfathers should record fables and tales of caution with great string work.
[Camel Power Club Facebook]
Banta – “Dark Charms”
Because: Vintage harmonies from the deserved re-issue of this SoCal band’s nifty 2014 single.
Kill J – “You’re Good But I’m Better”
Because: All I see is Robyn and all I hear is Jessie J when I take this Copenhagenian in, but that’s not really a bad thing is it?
[Kill J Facebook]
Julien Baker – “Something”
Because: Park bench star serenade.
[Julien Baker Facebook]
POWERS – “Hot”
Because: Leading the way on their Legendary EP, out 10/23/15, is this trippy anthem perfect for the sweatiest and rave-iest of your embellishments.
Kid Wave – “I’m Trying To Break Your Heart”
Because: I came for the Wilco cover, felt betrayed when it wasn’t, but stayed for the joyous axe theme.
[Kid Wave Facebook]
Tina Refsnes – “I Don’t Know”
Because: If I could have New England and Laura Marling and girls in glasses in one place at one time in one person, that would be grand, but here’s one better; Tina Refsnes; who should definitely keep her last name after getting the marriages.
[Tina Refsnes Facebook]
ORAX – “Missing”
Because: It never hurts to fit some Retro Wave into your weekly musical diet.
Sampa The Great – “Jamal”
Because: It sounds like it was recorded in a cardboard box, and it’s messy all over, but the swagger-stuffed “Jamal” is still the best and most favorite track on the African’s mix.
[Sampa The Great Facebook]
Rare Monk – “Warning Pulse”
Because: Harmonies and twinkling nighttime guitar.
Milo – “Going No Place” (ft. Euclid)
Because: Perfect perfect perfect Fall walk soundtrack material.
Good Kid – “Nomu”
Because: You should dance sometimes. “Nomu” is your excuse.
[Good Kid Facebook]
Kaya – “Shiver”
Because: It’s quiet. It’s slow and delicate. But give “Shiver” its full breadth, and you’ll see it’s even more fragile.
Have a great week!