#5. mylko – Animal
Getting major Animal Collective My Girls vibes here. Fuzzy, somewhat shoegazey rock that takes you on a bit of a non-LSD-induced trip.
#4. Tender – Belong
I haven’t quiet figured this one out yet. I know I like it. I just don’t know why or how much. There’s definitely something there though that draws me into hitting play over and over. Might be the first song I’ve ever considered describing as “intriguing”.
#3. Jojee – Claim
Little more on the catchy side of things with Jojee’s Claim for #3 on the list this week. I’ve come to accept that along with warped vocals, I also love me some good repetition…which we have in spades here with that rockin bridge and addictive chorus.
#2. GEMS – Heartbreaker
Gems released their debut album relatively recently (Kill The One You Love), and one of my favourite previously unreleased songs from that album was the brooding Heartbreaker. Totally digging the contrast between the heavy chorus and the 180 spin back into the soft verse. I tend to overdo my love for AQUILO & R I T U A L, but looking back at the past year I’ve kinda realized just how kickass Gems have been. If you at all are digging Heartbreaker, no doubts you’d enjoy a good chunk of their album. One of those bands with a real consistent sound.
#1. AQUILO – Never Seen You Get So Low
It’s AQUILO. I’ve shared enough words of love for them by now that nothing else I could say would do this song justice.
#5. N2N & John SkyField Feat. Kirkby – Some Kind of Wonderful
soundcloud.com/john-skyfield // soundcloud.com/n2nmusic
Easy on the ears EDM to start this week off with a fully energized track from N2N & John SkyField’s. And I know what you are thinking – no, this is not a cover of the epic Sky track Some Kinda Wonderful (which is what I will forever think anytime I see that track name).
#4. Moon Taxi – Year Zero
Killer vocals and a downright catchy beat have me really liking Moon Taxi’s Year Zero. When done right, there may be nothing better than a classic indie rock song.
#3. Sofi Tukker – Drinkee
The debut track from Sofi Tukker has a guitar riff that will be stuck in your head for days. I don’t even care that I cannot decipher what language this is – hell it could even be made an instrumental for all I care – because as soon as that guitar whine begins I’m alright too deeply in to get back out.
#2. Tor Miller – Carter & Cash
What was I just saying about nothing better than catchy indie rock songs?! Well, here we have another (although I guess this may be closer to pop than rock.. but I don’t know. I’ve never been good at music genres). This song, to me, is a good example of how powerful well-written verses can be.
#1. GUM – Anesthetized Lesson
I have no idea how to even start classifying this song. Let’s just throw it into the “weirdly awesome” genre, because frankly my brain can’t even really process what’s going on for the entire 2:45 of GUM’s newest track. What I do know is that if I was blasting off in a spaceship to Mars, this track would be blaring in the background. It’s got a definite space-vibe. Oh also, if you like Tame Impala (or Pond for that matter) you’ll be pleased to know that Gum is actually Jay Watson. So that’s good times.