Matt’s Bestest Songs of the Week: 5/13/16
As days and eventual months pass, and a pesky European whooping cough peeters to the final annexation from one particular lung, music is flaring back to personal prominence in some unexpected ways — mostly due to the overdue realization that music serves the listener. If you seek music, you’ll drown in the vast amount of it and come up sputtering. But if a song finds you, as you scratch a cat behind the ears or pay an electric bill, you gain an ally in the sea of life. You dance with the cat. You set up paperless auto-pay. Artists make music for themselves; to get things out. Don’t worship the artist; instead, celebrate each part of you the music awakens. Wisdom from one in his thirties. On to the servant review.
Me And My Drummer – “Blue Splinter View”
Because: It’s simultaneously exactly and only slightly what you expect it to be after hearing the first few chords and Charlotte Brandi’s initial words. The german duo loves to pull rugs from under their listeners.
Fire Chief Charlie – “Let’s Be Happy”
Because: You’d probably say yes too.
Mac Demarco – “No Other Heart” (NPR Field Recording)
Because: The wide world of water deserves vibes as smooth as Mr. Belvedere’s sweater.
Carpenter Brut – “Turbo Killer”
Because: His music is the best thing right before a game of Ultimate Frisbee. Video viewing is required.
L.A. Salami – “Nazis On The Northern Line”
Because: If Lookman Adekunle Salami was named anything else, you’d be disappointed.
The Crookes – “Roman Candle”
Because: Repetitive guitar repeats in pleasing manners.
The Hood Internet – “Burn the Panda” (Radiohead vs. Desiigner)
Because: The Hood Internet is actually two guys in the habit of wedging and splicing two or more things/songs/samples together at once in all sorts of audible fashions. But they’ll both be knighted by the queen in few years, so jump on the bandwagon now.
Jordan Mackampa – “Same Faces”
Because: He sounds like a jowly Jamie Cullum.
[Jordan Mackampa Facebook]
Beaty Heart – “Flora”
Because: For years I’ve described Beaty Heart to Animal Collective fans as a healthy alternative. But I can’t anymore. They’re too full of sick and actual rhythms (sorry).
Yoke Lore – “Safety”
Because: Mostly wordless, mostly harmonious, and slightly horn-rimmed and flannel-clad, “Safety” skates by on its use of banjo.
[Yoke Lore Facebook]
Wintergatan – “Marble Machine”
Because: Yes, it’s real.
Cash + David – “Adore”
Because: This song is best served on single repeat for twenty minutes.
Rachel Goodrich – “Rhythm Kitchen”
Because: This song is the exact same length it takes to reheat meatloaf. Why not sing a song while the microwave does its work?
[Rachel Goodrich Facebook]