Matt’s Bestest Songs of the Week: 10/30/15
I’ve spent close to a hundred dollars on Star Wars peripheral chachki this week, and I’ll be a monkey’s uncle if I don’t spend quadruple that before I even discover who the new characters are when Episode VII: The Force Awakens comes out in December. Somehow the sheen of music has faded (gasp!) just ever so slightly in the light of the hype held within and celebrated without for lightsabers and model Millenium Falcons. This might be a temporary situation, but hopefully you now understand how important you are to me to cause me to steal time when I have three books pertaining to Luke Skywalker’s interim self-taught Jedi training waiting for me on my nightstand. Chewbacca got a medal at the end of A New Hope by the way, it’s been confirmed.
Dua Lipa – “Be The One”
Because: Dua Lipa is indeed another pretty face, but not just. She also has a great songsmith hiding in her closet that slips hits under the door in exchange for juice boxes. “Be The One” is the best one yet. And because I did the exact same thing, you have permission to secretly dance to it all week.
Clean Cut Kid – “Runaway”
Because: It’s a little known fact that Englishmen are only really allowed to pen songs when they’re rain soaked, which is to say, all the time. And as waterlogged as “Runaway” is with premature and nostalgic woe, Clean Cut Kid seem keen to soak it right up .
St. Lucia – “Dancing On Glass”
Because: St. Lucia’s new single uses the mating call of a male Dodo bird as the base of its catchy velcro hooks, which is ridiculously insensitive to the memory of the majesty of the avian species.
Raury – “The Sea”
Because: “The Sea” is a demo not included on Raury’s dynamic All We Need, and that’s a good thing, because if this kid threw any more wonderful surprise genre-bending aural acrobatics at you, you’d lose all sense of up and down in the world.
Andy Shauf – “Jenny Come Home”
Because: This Canadian enunciates like he has a funnel in his mouth in the very best kind of way. Lovely piano prancing permiations as well.
Public Service Announcement – “EVEREST”
Because: Every PSA tune will makes you want to go out and DO SHIT, but this one will make you feel invincible.
Skegss – “L.S.D”
Because: By the sound of “L.S.D”, you wouldn’t be blamed if you pictured the band as pouty children rolling around on their beds after being sent to their rooms without supper. Pouty Garage Rock. It’s a thing.
Life In Film – “Alleyway”
Because: This song is riding your bicycle down a hill with no helmet and a mouthful of gum.
[Life In Film Facebook]
CLARA-NOVA – “An Island”
Because: There’s so fracking much going on in this song, you’d be excused for taking a breather for a few afterwards. The plot is hidden here in “An Island”, but once you find it, you could spend all day frolicking within.
Baston – “Sword”
Because: Is it garage rock underwater? In a cave? Between Jello molds? Behind six doors? From the floor above? Yes.
Galantis – “In My Head”
Because: Play this for your grandparents and they’ll tell you this is exactly what Looney Tunes predicted the far flung music of the future was predicted to sound like with all the bleeps and boops and synth anthem fodders.
Pom Poms – “Betty”
Because: The La Sera/Best Coast/Frankie Rose hybrid hyperbole is there for the taking if you want it, but there’s something in Marlene Gold’s vocals that belie gravitas.
The Chainsmokers – “Roses”
Because: If you took the lady singing completely out of this song, it would fit nicely into a three stage improv/movement piece on a black box stage.
DIET. – “Your House”
Because: There are just SO MANY bangs covering single sets of lovelorn eyes behind this surprisingly catchy albeit lamentation-al jangle of a tune.
Olivier Heim – “It’s Getting Better”
Because: When I first listen to a new song, I always give it two playthroughs, but I usually jump around to different spots to get a feel for it. So if you’re generous, you may forgive me for thinking this was an entirely instrumental song until I listened that third time. Kinda liked it better with my first assumption. See what you think.
Summer Heart – “Thinkin of U”
Because: “Thinkin of U” was initially released this past January, was featured on MTV’s Teen Wolf a few months ago only to have me present it to you now in October. And despite the truncated song title, all you should be thinking is “How does this joyous hip bouncer even fit with Teen Wolf‘s motif?”
[Summer Heart Facebook]
Have a great and happy Halloween!