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. Deer Scout – ‘Sad Boy’
Wonderfully candid and simple, this new Deer Scout track walks a wonderfully balanced tight rope between synth pop and dream pop. A tender, vulnerable vocal (“make my sadness interesting”), a under stated guitar line, and flecks of synthetics weaving in and out of the melody. The song is an immediately endearing and arresting one that plays to universal feelings of disjointedness and loneliness.
2. TATRAN – ‘Eyes’
Off kilter angular rhythms, awkward and chiming synths, and the dichotomy of tender keyboard chords with alarm-like flourishes. That’s what this track from Israeli experimental/instrumental rock trio TATRAN is all about. The track is taken from their upcoming album No Sides. The video for the track is visually arresting, calling to mind the distrubing imagery of Aphex Twin’s videos of the late 90’s but with a natural, rather than suburban, focus.
3. Fathoms (feat. Jameson Nathan Jones) – ‘Traveler’
Apparently this one is inspired by the ocean and the creatures within. There’s certainly a starkness and vulnerability that calls to mind the ocean in this track. Sitting somewhere between ‘Pyramid Song’ by Radiohead and much of the work by Olafur Arnalds, its a tender song, but one that has an underlying malice that seems to suggest all is not quite well and peaceful in the world. In short, the song sounds like a hunt.
4. Raye Zaragoza – ‘Fight For You’
There’s nothing too complicated or revolutionary about folk singer Raye Zaragoza in her music. What is appealing and endearing is her clear earnestness and way with a melody. Plus the tendency of her song to err on the side of protest. This latest track is one that is generally a celebration of the togetherness of the indigineous people of North America in their continuing battle against oppression. However, the song also has a universal appeal. Which prevents it from being tired to a certain cause or era.
5. Happyness – ‘Uptrend / Style Raids’
There’s a swirl and dreaminess of this new track from Happyness that showcases their ability to create something hypnotic and accessible all in one. Apparently, the track is about “not knowing how to dress”. Which is something I can absolutely vibe with. I needed an English girl to school me in what suited me and what did not. She did a good job though. Now I only look half the idiot I used to. Happy weekend.