SOTW: Sea Creatures

WEEK 8 Sea Creatures artist: SOAK album: Before We Forget How To Dream Full of paradoxes, listening to this is as refreshing as floating in a calm body of water, but that body of water is the ocean. Undulating saltwater waves just comforting enough for you to close your eyes, if you dare, but still too cold to…

SOTW: Dog Years

WEEK 7 Dog Years artist: Maggie Rogers album: Dog Years (single)   February is a cold month, like starting a rocky hike in the brisk, grey morning. This single is like that warm cup of chili you enjoy at the peak of the mountain (in Alaska?) at half-past-noon, when the sun affectionately pats your head for…

SOTW: Another Time

WEEK 6 Another Time artist: Femme Vanille album: Another Time A slow-swaying, late-night dream inducer. Wrapped in sultry aubergine curtains, look out the window and gaze at the million sparkling dimes moving celestially. You close your eyes and feel a gentle breeze—you’re amongst the warmest winds of the night sky. Floating closer to the pale yellow…

SOTW: Stars

WEEK 5 Stars artist: Future Generations album: Future Generations This euphoria-inducing song is so infectious that it reminds of some new-age indie theme for the Peanuts comics. Seriously, watch this video (on mute, obviously) with “Stars” playing in the background and tell me I’m wrong. “Linus and Lucy” comparisons aside, “Stars” follows a simple formula but…

SOTW: Swans

WEEK 3 Swans artist: Laura Carbone album: Sirens As former frontwoman of German electro-pop punk band Deine Jugend, Carbone kills it in her first solo album, where she forgets every electronic association, adds an extra layer of black eyeliner, and reaches deep into her 90s memories for this 145 bpm head-nodder. She channels 90s, but…

SOTW: Assossamagh

WEEK 2 Assossmagh artist: Imarhan album: Imarhan The vastness of the desert escapes me as my joints inexplicably move to the modern Saharan rock beats of this sextet from Tamanrasset, Algeria, singing in a language I don’t know, but I understand the bluesy, gritty spirit. Someday, this song will be played at the opening of the edgiest western film, but until then, me and my groovy, sunglasses-clad caravan…

SOTW: Peoples

WEEK 1 Peoples artist: Cheers Elephant album: Like Wind Blows Fire (2012) The dark clouds of last year have rightfully moved on, and the blue skies of a new year’s hope is the only thing in the air. We’re kicking off 2017’s first Song of the Week with a sunny find from better times, like the year 2012. With the…

SOTD: The Bird

Tuesday, Nov. 29 The Bird artist: Anderson .Paak album: Malibu (2016) Say hello to the coolest song of 2016. Anderson .Paak is gifted with one of the smoothest voices mankind has ever seen and uses it to its full potential in the jazzy and exciting “The Bird”. The song just feels different – it is…

SOTD: Prank Calls

Thursday, Nov. 24 Prank Calls artist: Kelley Stoltz album: Below the Branches With the gratifying aromas of turkey, casserole, and pumpkin pie in the air, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without a vintage-y 2006 Sub Pop release. Toe-tapping piano melodies of feel-good reminiscence and playful honesty go well with gratitude and material consumption.

SOTD: Stop Me (Stop You)

Tuesday, Nov. 22 Stop Me (Stop You) artist: Nick Murphy album: Stop Me (2016) Today’s SOTD is a value deal – a beefy 8-minute long track, courtesy of the “artist formerly known as Chet Faker”. Though Mr. Faker’s Murphy’s unmistakably smooth voice layers this track, but it still remains to be heard what musical direction he…

SOTD: Aphasia

Thursday, Nov. 17 Aphasia artist: Pinegrove album: Cardinal (2016) Montclair, NJ-based Pinegrove sounds like the most successful band you might personally know, while also specializing in a sound that screams “we can’t afford expensive recording equipment”. Check out Cardinal for some feel-good tunes that will remind you of the triviality of your high school problems.

SOTD: Trying Not To Love You

Tuesday, Nov 15 Trying Not to Love You artist: Caroline Smith album: Trying Not to Love You (single) A catchy 90’s R&B tune that makes romantic anguish sound less painful and more charming. This track is akin to the smooth, buoyant drive of “Magazine” from her first full length album Half About Being a Woman (2013)….