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. The National – ‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness’
A surprisingly funky number, the first release from The National’s new album, Sleep Well Beast, kind of threw me with the first listen. However, their mixture of melancholia and hope is well and truly present throughout the track. It’s not ‘I Need My Girl’, but that’s a good thing. A bit of change is good for the soul.
2. (the) Melvins – ‘Christ Hammer’
Buzz and co. return in pretty straight forward form for them. Think (A) Senile Animal vibe. ‘Christ Hammer’ sports some mighty chugging, a super melodic chorus that is oddly reminiscent of Alice in Chains covering the Beatles, and a gorgeously discordant noise influenced guitar solo. It’s from their upcoming new album A Walk With Love & Death. According to Loudwire, “the first part of the album, Death, is a proper Melvins record while Love is a score for the short film in which the double album was named after.”
3. Bruja – ‘Sweet Milk’
Here’s a delightfully fuzzy approach to exceedingly spacey dreampop from Barnsley’s Bruja. It’s accompanied by a wonderfully odd video that involves lots of milk drinking and some super high tech computer effects. Seriously, probably cost more than Michael Jackson’s ‘Scream’ video. Anyway, if you dig this, they’ve two more singles that are imminent: ‘Sad’ and ‘Eject’.
4. Siobhan Wilson – ‘Whatever Helps’
Forging some kind of middle ground between early period PJ Harvey and Le Noise era Neil Young, but with a much more melodic bent, Scottish singer/songwriter Siobhan Wilson has conjured up a perfectly minimal and delicate fuzzpop gem right here. It’s going to feature on her upcoming second album There Are No Saints, which will be out in July on Song, By Toad. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait.
5. Aural Air – ‘The Heir of Indignation’
This right here is an eerie and enigmatic number from Ireland’s Aural Air. Conjuring images of nature, but with something ever so slightly amiss, ‘Heir of Indignation’ is a hypnotic and repetitive number that is as unnerving as it is beautiful.