This is simple. We love these songs. You should listen and tell us what you think of them.
Let me also point out that this is not necessarily focused on new songs. Just what we’ve been listening to and loving this week.
1Yify Zhang – ‘Vagrant Bird’
This dramatic and emotive song from singer/songwriter Yify Zhang deals with loneliness. However, the song does not wallow. It is a defiant and empowering anthem that eyeballs loneliness and says, “Not today”. A beautiful and cathartic song, the secret to the power of the song lies in Zhang’s vocals which are impressive but also imbued with a desperate honesty that is endearing. Taken from her debut EP Vagrant Bird which came out last year.
2Millay – ‘Skystill’
This is post-rock. But, for me, what is enjoyable about this particular song is how it is evidently a lo-fi home recording made to sound something much more epic. I love that ambition. Let budget be no obstacle to you friends. You can overcome any such issue with modern technology. Happy days.
3Jean-Michel Blais – ‘Dans Ma Main’
So, apparently ‘dans ma main’ is French for ‘in my hand’. Google is handy too. This is an ornate and intricate piano based neo classical number from Jean-Michel Blais. He eschews the Olafur Arnalds approach (sadness) for a much more theatrical and dramatic reading. This is a dynamic and evolving piece that is foreboding and eerie. On top of that, it unveils a new secret with every listen. Bravo.
4Trainwreck Department – ‘The Stars Are Shooting At Us’
I am a sucker for fuzzy guitar and melodies. This one from Danish noise pop artist Trainwreck Department sits somewhere between Dinosaur Jr. and the Ramones. You know, my ex girlfriend had a theory that no one liked the Ramones. Apparently, according to her, they just pretended to like them to be cool. Are you pretending to like the Ramones, Trainwreck Department? I don’t think so.
5Anna Mieke – ‘Arbour’
Irish singer/songwriter Anna Mieke has a voice and a half. It is an earnest, soul baring voice that can’t help but sound impassioned and experienced. Musically, she takes a tension building repitition that is gloriously effective in building and building until eventually the song bursts into cathartic and aggressive life. My favourite aspect is how the track seems to descend into confusion though. Just as a coherent thought is sometimes chased away in one’s head by the inherent chaos therein.