Matt’s Bestest Songs of the Week: 3/15/16
It is the day of preliminary voting for United States election in my state, and before going further, I will soothe you to say that this is not a politically based rant, simply a metaphorically impotent/simile-ridden explanation of all the bipolar fervor that envelopes every text with my Mother. I can’t begin to express the vastness of the minefield that must be traversed when I mention something involving a word that rhymes with Rump. Seventeen questions in a row about food intake followed by requests for provincial statements of candidate leanings. There is no emoji for I-changed-parties-while-I-was-away-from-home. Music has been a worthy distraction – nay refuge- during this time. So God bless musicians, God bless Record Store Day (April 16th), and God bless America.
The Blaze – “Virile”
Because: Buried beneath the French layers of deserved swagger is just a heap full of twirling smiles.
Clean Cut Kid – “Pick Me Up”
Because: The lastest single from the UK raggamuffins provides a motivating force for anything you do while you have it on, so why not clean?
Bara Heiða – “Stormtrooper”
Because: Love knows no creed or blaster proficiency.
[Bara Heiða Bandcamp]
Andrew Bird – “Left-Handed Kisses” (ft. Fiona Apple)
Because: There couldn’t be a better pairing of the two straight arrows from the quiver.
Dagny – “Backbeat”
Because: Only Norwegian blondes can sing about multiple successful suicide attempts while circumnavigating a dance floor on a concert stage while doing all sorts of hair flips and winky sly faces at your boyfriend.
Lushlife – “Totally Mutual Feeling”
Because: It’s ambient, and disco, and soaring, and perfect, and oxford comma.
DM Smith – “Amylette”
Because: “Amylette”, and DM Smith is perpetually on the verge of taking off, always one bass drum kick away from turning all of his songs into radio friendly stoner anthems. The fact that he doesn’t is something to consider, and lament, but also celebrate.
Yes We Mystic – “No Harm”
Because: The Canadian quintet is all sorts of likely to be the honest and wonderful types to confess everything terrible they’ve every done under a room of darkness and only of one lamp. You should never tell people you have the magik. Just stir your coffee with finger gestures and wait for that brave someone to come and ask you how.
Double Veterans – “Cocktail”
Because: It might be that I haven’t been to a live show in an eclipsed fortnight, but it’s rather likely instead to be that “Cocktail” is just darn tootin’ enough to make anyone jump and jive and compare the song to the chorus of a certain Barrett Strong jam.
ASHA – “Record Straight”
Because: Quintessentially English and expertly cockney at all the right moments, the London songstress dips half her song in chocolate, and leaves the rest to show off how much work went into the production.
Georgia – “Heart Wrecking Animals”
Because: Georgia Barnes could get easily and scott free away without using vocal distortions in “Heart Wrecking Animals”; she’s got the songwriting and pipes for it. But considering the song was penned after her visit to a Oneohtrix Point Never show, we should be madly appreciative that there wasn’t a cacophony of laser blasts and more references to stars.
White Reaper – “Pills”
Faint Peter – “The Cure”
Because: Least of all the good things on his debut album, “The Cure” is still good enough to be on this list and to lift you out of any sort of malasical drive that’s over two hours of length. Also spellcheck just red-underlined malasical like it knew better than I did using words that aren’t real. It should know it’s a necessary thing when describing music of impeccable strength and merit.
May the stupendously brilliant gleam of all things green shine upon you and your beverages this Saint Patrick’s Day.