Songs of the Week
I have to be honest, when I first saw this I scoffed–“who in their right mind,” I thought to myself, “could even hope to do justice to Sound of Silence with a cover?” I was forced to change my thinking almost immediately, because what Oliver Tank and Fawn Meyers have created here is absolutely incredible. It’s less of a cover and more of a reinterpretation, and the chilling, eery production over which they sing only vaguely sounds like the original. It’s mysterious and slightly dark, and I hope Simon and/or Garfunkel hear it one day–I do not think they will be disappointed. You can catch Oliver on tour with James Blake.
I literally listened to this, and this only, for an entire day on repeat when it dropped. Like GOT DAMN this is an anthem. All three verses are on point, and Drake‘s hook is catchy as always. I think I have to give it to Tity Boi as far as best line goes…his sneezing “Givenchy” followed by “Bless you” is absolutely hilarious. Some of the stuff he comes up with is just absurd. Sean kills it, and it was originally going to be on his album, but Drake thought it was too good (it is) to give away, keeping it for his upcoming album Nothing Was the Same, dropping in September.
Cass Lowe is incredibly talented, and at different points in this song there were about 7 or 8 different genres I was going to peg this in. First I thought it was R&B, then I thought it was electronic, then I thought it was indie rock, the list goes on. Needless to say, Cass has mastered the ability to blend genres, and his talent carries throughout. This song has a little bit of something for every taste. Look out for Cass, I think he has the potential to be really popular. What a voice. Oh yeah PS…the video is awesome too.
To say the least, this is not the kind of music I usually listen to. That being said, this song is (almost) embarrassingly catchy. The Swede’s music is pretty much straightforward pop music, but it has a little more spunk and flare than the majority of the stuff you will hear on the radio. Would not be surprised at all to see Marlene, and perhaps even this song, take off on the radio in the future.
Hypothetical question: would it make me more or less cool if, when I read this title, I started singing “Dust in the Wind” to myself, sitting alone in my room? Because that may or may not have happened. Listening to this single from Carousel makes me think I’m a cool kid in the early 80’s, driving in a convertible with the prom queen, rocking a baby blue ruffled tuxedo. That’s all you need to know.
It’s Sunday, which means a few things. 1. It’s pizza night in my household, and 2. the best songs of the week are here. Check out this weeks best new releases below!
The debut single from Hoodie Allen’s producer, RJF and David Brook that is infectious, and an impressive debut. The sample is catchy as fuuuuuck, and I already can’t wait to see what this duo has in store next!
It’s summer. Everybody knows that (at least I’d hope so…). So people tend to release summer sounding music. Sol does just this as he is back from his travels overseas and he lets loose the first single from his upcoming EP out September 10th.
Another first single from another upcoming EP, as Collin McLoughlin gears up for his new EP, Tears of Tempo, with his first single off of the EDM infused project.
A good pop song that’s constructed to be easy on the ears, but dreamy at the same time. Jaymes swoons in over a simple instrumental
I know you’re not supposed to put EP’s on this, but IT’S SO GOOD. ALL OF THESE COULD BE THE BEST SONGS OF THE WEEK.
Again, I know you’re not supposed to put EP’s on this, but IT’S SO GOOD. ALL I WANT TO DO IS DANCE BECAUSE ALL OF THESE COULD BE THE BEST SONGS OF THE WEEK.
Sticking with the whole “singles dropped before an EP theme,” I’m gonna round out this week with Carousel’s latest as their distinctive sound will take over your speakers and put you in the best mood you’ve been in all day.
If you were slackin’ this week, let’s catch up on the best of what you missed! Songs of the Week, July 8 through July 14 edition.
Plain and simple, this one is just a proper jam. Portugal is a great band, and with the help of Passion Pit, this remix is impossible to not dance to. It’s a struggle to stay sitting just to write this post, to be honest. I saw Portugal a few years ago at Lollapalooza and have been a fan ever since–the combination of them and Passion Pit on this one is almost too much for my weak heart to handle.
This is pretty much the music I would expect Passion Pit to create if they were to experience with serious hallucinogenics. Jordan calls them indietronic (indie + electronic) which I guess makes sense, but if I had to put a label on it, I think I’d call it Triptronic. It makes me think I’m Mario gokarting down rainbow road on a quarter ounce of mushrooms. Ya know?
I’ve seen King Krule‘s name before, but this is the first time I’ve ever actually listened to his music, and I really dig it. The minimalist, hip hop influenced (I think?) rock that he’s making is simultaneously niche and accessible. His ability to evoke emotion through such barebones musicianship is quite impressive. There’s beauty in simplicity. Well if you’re going through hell, just keep going.
So it’s no surprise here that this song sounds tailor-made for the beach. Perfect song for cruising in a Jeep Wrangler, or better yet, a Land Rover defender, just all around a pretty perfect summer sound. Beach Vacation is a definitely a newcomer to keep your eyes on.
This is also my first time hearing as†ronomyy, and to me it kind of sounds like The Weeknd meets Schlomo. Floating, ethereal, mysterious, the artists describes the track as “an escapism song, which is why it sounds a little dreamy and otherworldly.” This is a name we will be seeing in the future, I am sure.
So I apologize for missing Songs of the Week last week, I was traveling and it was just kind of impossible for me to manage to put together. Anyway, I arrived in London yesterday and will be here for the next 6 weeks or so, and will be here each Sunday to keep you updated on what you might have missed in the past 7 days. Because I missed last week, I decided I’d do a special edition of Songs of the Week and double up, showcasing what I think are the best songs of the past two weeks. Let’s get started.
1. Raleigh Ritchie – Stay Inside (Posted by Arjun)
There’s something trance-inducing and soothing about this one from UK up and comer Raleigh Ritchie. Naturally, I had to lead off with this one considering I’m living in the same city as this guy, which is kind of new and exciting. The beat and Ritchie’s complementing vocals go together perfectly, and the synthesizers in this one have the ability to put you in a distinct mood–still not sure what it is yet; something transient and floating, I think.
2. Eliza & The Bear – Friends (Written by Jordan)
So Jordan just introduced the site to Eliza & The Bear the other week, and although I don’t listen to much of this kind of music anymore, I found myself looking them up and getting into their catalog. Another band out of London (maybe I’m biased in the short term?), these guys remember me of my days as a big fan of The Kooks and The Wombats–a certain brand of British pop-punk. If you want to get into some of their other stuff, check out their Soundcloud, but in the meantime check out their single “Friends.”
3. Migos – Bandos (Ryan Hemsworth Remix) (Posted by Jordan)
So I think at this point it’s safe to say that I really, really like anything that Ryan Hemsworth puts out. Like, pretty much literally everything. The only other thing I know by Migos is the now incredibly overplayed “Versace” which is only really a good song because of Drake’s verse, which is absolute fire. In particular, Hemsworth piano melody on this one kills it, and Hemsworth delivers another fire track. The man can’t be stopped.
4. Olympic Ayres – Magic (Posted by Alicia)
This one’s kind of an undeniable summer jam. I don’t care where you are, what you’re doing, or what mood you are in when you listen to this song, I will be legitimately impressed if you are able to refrain from bobbing your head and grooving to this one. Put this on at your next summer party, and I can guarantee you people will get out on the dance floor. Easily a top 5 jam of the entire summer so far.
5. Snakadaktal – Hung on Tight (Posted by Alicia)
The only daktal better than the pterodactyl is the Snakadaktal–that is simply science. Alicia describes their sound as a “slightly darker side of indie music,” and I agree. They’re incredibly unique, as is the mood they emanate. Hung on Tight is another one that’s tough not to want to dance to, and definitely a song I will be putting on at parties this summer.
This evening I bring to you the second installation of Sunset’s Songs of the Week, a weekly post covering our favorite songs of the week. If you ever fall behind, count on this post to get you up to date on the best releases of the past seven days.
So there’s about a 100% chance that you already know Mikky Ekko from his incredibly overplayed (yet somehow still infectious) song “Stay” with Rihanna. This one is just him, and is produced by certified hitmakers Benny Blanco and John Hill. A carefree, laidback tune perfect for the summer. (Posted by Arjun)
This is an incredibly beautiful remix of one of my favorite artists, Jose Gonzales. A light, sleep inducing, almost transient remix by Dinner Date, this one is perfect for a daydream. Lie in a field somehow, get lost, and enjoy. Thank you to Chuck from The Chuckness for bringing this to our attention via the first edition of Sunset’s “Overlooked” feature.
Akono Miles recently came into the blogosphere, and his jazz infused hip hop is extremely unique. His flow and sing songy hook is both infectious and calming, and he is certainly a name to keep your eyes on going forward–the kid has some serious talent. (Posted by Arjun)
The Arctic Monkeys have been my jam for years. I just saw them recently at Free Press Festival (I was backstage woohoo) and they played this one live. Alex Turner and the crew always kill it, but their sound has, in some ways, transitioned from being whimsical and fun to driving and serious. One of the best contemporary rock bands in my opinion, I’m looking forward to their upcoming album. (Posted by Arjun)
Shouts out to Arjun for always finding music and artists that I love and have never heard of until he brings them into my world via this beautiful little thing we have here called Sunset in the Rearview. This song is a super catchy blend of folk and hip hop influenced instrumentals–definitely a must download. (Posted by Arjun)
Drake kind of went ham this week, releasing a ton of new material and a couple different teasers. You can stream all 4 new tracks above–the standouts to me were Versace and the Jodeci Freestyle. Look out for Nothing Was the Same dropping September 17th. BIG year for hip hop. (Posted by Jordan)
It’s been a while since I’ve been able to post, but I am back with a new feature on the site that I will be curating each Sunday recapping Sunset’s favorite songs of the week. If you fall behind on music any given week, we hope this post will get you back in the loop!
Young Gerald dropped a new single featuring long time contributor Team Robot (you’ll know them from “Run”). This is one to get turnt to.
If you’ve been following Avicii since his controversial Ultra performance where he blended live country music with his set, you’ll know he’s going in an interesting direction as of late. This one features Aloe “Needs a Dollar” Blacc, and fuses Avicii’s club-ready instrumental’s with country guitar and Aloe’s beautiful, jazzy voice.
This one is really incredible. Vicktor Taiwo, who Arjun recently introduced to the site, cover’s Ben Howard’s song “Only Love.” Vicktor’s exceptionally unique R&B combines with the instrumental to make a dreamy, driving, gorgeous song. Perhaps my favorite from the entire week.
Thanks to Dusty for bringing this to SITR, Milky Chance is an artist I had formerly been unfamiliar with. They’re kind of like Feist meets Guster meets Miike Snow, but their sound is unique and a lot of fun. With an amusing, acoustic instrumental and the lead singer’s voice that recalls Noah and the Whale, these Germans are poised to become very popular in the States.
It’s tough not to start dancing to this one. Trails and Ways describes their sound as “bossanova dreampop,” and I think that’s really the best description possible for what they have released on their new album, Trilingual. Listen to my favorite track off of that EP below, and hit the link above to stream the new EP.
Paul Otten’s “Breeze” sounds like a song that could be a breakout single this summer. Perfect for the beach and backyard barbeques, this song is simple, fun, and guarantees a good mood. Breeze will certainly be in heavy rotation in the weeks to come.
Schoolboy Q – Collard Greens feat. Kendrick Lamar
Given that this one features two of my favorite MCs of the moment, it almost makes the list by default. That being said, it clearly came with high expectations, and in my mind, it exceeded them. With great verses from the two of them, TDE kills it as always.