Songs of the Week 82: October 9 – October 15

the-boxer-rebellion#5. The Boxer Rebellion – Keep Me Close

Had the chance to see The Boxer Rebellion 4-5 years ago in Toronto. There’s something about their sound that I find captivating. Their guitar-driven brand of rock, combined with the distinctive voice of Nathan Nicholson, always get me excited every time a new album is released. While I didn’t find Ocean By Ocean as strong as their previous releases, Keep Me Close is definitely good for a bunch of repeat listens.

nick-jonas#4. Nick Jonas Feat. Ty Dolla $ign – Bacon

I KNOW. I know. But bear with me here… Hoodboi just released a remix of Bacon that has been making the rounds across the blogosphere. Anytime I hear a remix I do my due diligence and give the original a listen as well. I wasn’t expecting much (Nick Jonas just isn’t my kind of stuff)… but you know what? This one worked. Yes it’s made for radio, but c’mon now. It’s catchy, easy to listen to “trappy-hip hop pop”. Whatever. I like it.

angus-dawson#3. Angus Dawson – Ocean in the Sky

Haven’t heard from Mr. Dawson in AGES (10 months, according to his soundcloud). Not since his brilliant release of Battles. Well, he’s back with another song to make you cry your eyes out and ponder life as we know it (to be honest I have no idea what the song is about but it just feels sad).

two-door-cinema-club#2. Two Door Cinema Club – Bad Decisions

Every TDCC album is good for at least one killer track (and that’s not to say there wont’ be more, but with every release there is always one track that I just can’t stop grooving to). On Gameshow, that track is Bad Decisions. TDCC are pure fun and another band I had the pleasure of seeing when I lived in Toronto. At that time, Sun was my favorite track and it had the same pop as this one does. I know I saw this about almost every band, but TDCC are really one of my top 5. I tend to be a singles guy (in that I really only like 1 or 2 songs from every artist), but there’s a whole catalog of tracks that I adore from these boys.

aquilo#1. Aquilo – You Won’t Know Where You Stand

Another Aquilo track, and another momebt of depressing brilliance. I can’t find a soundcloud or youtube link to the full, non-live version of this track (unless of course you have Soundcloud premium), so instead the above rendition will have to do. I’m seeing these lads in a few mere weeks in Vancouver, and I look forward to being blown away.

Songs of the Week 76: August 38 – September 3

tom grennan#5. Tom Grennan – Something In The Water

A lovely, folksy and yet somehow grimy Tom Grennan track starts us off this week. Full of raw emotion and some real ear-pleasing guitar, Something In The Water this is quite a debut track for any artist.

amber-simone#4. Amber-Simone – Throwing Arrows

Seeing as this was my first introduction to Amber-Simone’s soundcloud, I had a real hard time picking just one track to share. There are 3 to 4 up there that I’m finding myself playing on repeat right now. Known to me mostly for his features on some Joe Hertz tracks, I’m not really sure why it never occurred to me to see if there was any solo material up. Getting a little bit of early-Weeknd vibes here.

dorsal fins#3. Dorsal Fins -Heart On The Floor

It was the newly released Sedated that introduced me to Dorsal Fins, but Heart On The Floor is what kept my attention. A fun, pop track with a bit of 80s flair to it.

talos#2. Talos – Reborn

I distinctly remember not feeling too great about the new Talos track, Reborn. Yet, I kept hearing it everywhere (on playlists, on blogs, on hype, on spotify). It wouldn’t leave me alone. Eventually, it won me over. The calmness of the verses and the panic of the chorus’ are both captivating and catchy.

blajk#1. Blajk – Lethal

#’s 2-5 this week were interchangeable and very much debated right up til the end for me. However, there was never any question about which song would take top spot. I am addicted to Lethal and it’s unfairly catchy guitar riff’s. Those little plucks are subtle yet brilliant, and the lyrics are catchy as can be. I have plans to get back to updating my top 10 list, and there’s no doubt in my mind this track will be on it.