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Songs of the Week: July 22 – 28

I’m sorry I missed last week’s “Songs of the Week,” I was in Edinburgh for the British Open and couldn’t get back in time to put it together. Thankfully, my man Jordan was able to come through in the clutch and put together a killer list for you guys. This week I’m back in London and ready to recap the best songs released in the past 7 days.

1. Skizzy Mars – Coming Down ft. Jon Waltz (Posted by Jordan)

One of Sunset’s longstanding favorites, Skizzy Mars dropped a new track this week with collaborator Jon Waltz. “Coming Down” is almost a trap beat at heart, but with less aggressive, more melodic synths on top. Like ice cream with chocolate sauce on top, it’s tasty. I honestly think it’s just a matter of time before Skizzy really gets noticed, so show him to your friends and be the cool one in the group who knew him before everyone else.

2. The Naked and Famous – Hearts Like Ours (Posted by Lydia)

I first heard of The Naked and Famous when they released their hit “Young Blood,” which is still an absolute jam. Interestingly, Lydia compared them to another band I really love, the Head and the Heart. I have to be honest, outside of the girl’s voice, I can’t see a connection…outside of the fact that I love them both and find it difficult not to sing along to them both whenever I hear them. The Kiwis deliver another jam with “Hearts Like Ours,” a single off of their upcoming album In Rolling Waves which is set to drop September 17th.

3. Icona Pop – All Night (Posted by Lydia)

You guys are going to make fun of me for this but like honestly whatever I don’t like you either and I feel no shame announcing to the world that Icona Pop is my ish. “I Love It” is as infectious as music comes, but as Lyds pointed out, it was losing a certain…je ne sais pas. Probably a result of the fact of its rampant overplaying on every radio station in every city in every country in the world? As soon as I thought Icona Pop was a one hit wonder and a thing of the past, they released this speaker breaking killer of a song. It’s kind of like the same song but different, listen and you’ll understand.

4. Kapitals – Ms. Heartache (Posted by Arjun)

This song is quite difficult to get out of your head, so I apologize in advance if you spend the next month humming it to yourself and annoying everyone around you…remember I warned you. A young band out of Ireland (shouts out to the clan holding it down in Cork County), Kapitals really does sound like they could have been a classic 90’s band, somewhere in between Arjun’s on point comparison to Tal Bachman’s “She’s So High” and Deep Blue Something’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Just listen and hum it forever, you guys, because that’s what I think I’m going to do.

5. The 1975 – Sex (Posted by Arjun)

To be fair I only posted this song because it’s called “Sex.” Just kidding, that’s only half true…it’s also a song that is a straight up throwback to my 8-10th grade self, a fan of bands like The Kooks and The Fratellis and The Wombats. Obviously these guys are from Manchester (listen to the song, where else would they be from?), and is about potentially fornicating with a girl who has a boyfriend, which often never works out for anybody. The girl is a tramp, the boyfriend is cuckolded, the guy is punched in the face, a proper mess all around really. I do like the song a lot, though, and not just for the title, I’m not that immature come on guys.

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[MP3] The Naked and Famous – Hearts Like Ours

The Naked and Famous are one of those bands it might be easy to overlook because they sound a lot like another band. Really, I’m being super literal and thinking about The Head and the Heart. I’m not saying they make the same music, I’m just saying that in a busy life, it can be easy to forget who’s who. I’ll tell you what, though: it’s in your best interest not to overlook The Naked and Famous. The 5-piece band from New Zealand (and now living in LA) delivers an innovative indie-pop and post-funk blend like today’s reverb-heavy “Hearts Like Ours,” which is a single off of their forthcoming album, In Rolling Waves, due out September 17th.

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The Naked and Famous – The Sun [Video]

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Wow. The Naked and Famous. Fitting band name. But, yeah…maybe I should start off by saying this isn’t safe for work. Just a heads up.

Sometimes I wonder if when artists write songs, they are writing with a visual idea in mind. This music video by The Naked and Famous is a perfect example of why I would think about this. If you listen to the song on it’s own, it’s a woozy, pop-ish song with vocals that might be a bit too monotone to really keep your focus. Let’s just put it this way: it took me a few listens before I was really captivated. But then the video came along and brought a whole new dimension which I now can’t imagine the song without. This video is not only incredible from an artistic perspective, but it’s also such a perfect representation of this song that all makes sense to me now: it’s sexual; it touches, it builds, it explodes, it breathes.

Was that the artist’s plan all along? To create this colorful, sexual song? Or did the video itself turn it into that?

Directed by Campbell Hooper and Joel Kefali for Special Problems.

Nods to P&P.

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