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.
1. NAH. – ‘Take Me Home’
This is an unusual one. Basically, it promotes the spacey dreamscapes of shoegaze except the vocals are super clear and the focal point of the song. The result is a dense sounding and melancholic soundscape and a lilting melodically direct voice. The strucutre of the the song is similarly simple. But so damn effective. This tugs at the heart strings without cloying mercilessly. NAH. Take me home.
2. Bye Bye Empire – ‘Around’
What we have here is a mixture of the roiling riffs of the classic rock of the 70’s combined with the song writing chops of pop punk. This really, really, really should not work. Ever. I’m delighted to report that it does. Also, does the singer kind of sound like Ben Folds or is that my imagination?
3. Shu Ying – ‘Bao’
So a ‘bao’ is “a Chinese steamed bread roll with a filling of meat or vegetables.” I can only deduce that this song must be a love ode to what does actually sound rather, rather tasty. The track itself is a simple and playful indie folk number that calls to mind a slightly more restrained Kimya Dawson.
4. Divorce Rate- ‘Get Yours’
And here we have some emo here from Divorce Rate. They did not submit any information with the song, and I looked on their Facebook and there’s no info there either. So I’m out. No more searching. What I can tell you is that theie debut EP is out now and this is on it.
5. Christopher Fairman – ‘Stare at the Walls’
On this mid tempo old fashioned rock track, Christopher Fairman seems to be channeling the confessional style of Ryan Adams or Neil Young. What is interesting is that his singing sounds like Robbi Robb. Remember him? He was in Tribe After Tribe. And also sing the the Pearl Jam side project Three Fish. I absolutely love his voice. And this song is lilting and affecting.