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: 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: 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: 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: Formidable

Thursday, Nov. 10 Formidable artist: La Bronze album: Formidable (single) Drawn by free tacos and beer at a SXSW venue earlier this year, fate led us to La Bronze, where the power of her voice and art of her spirit compelled us to stand in awe. She spoke of the joy in being alive and bid…

SOTD: Stonecold

Tuesday, Nov. 8 Stonecold artist: machineheart album: Stonecold There’s something about this song that feels like mainstream pop. Maybe it’s the transparent metaphors, catchy chorus, and utter sing-ability. Think Ellie Goulding with fewer backup singers and less of the flashy lights.

SOTD: Give Me Some Peace

Thursday, Nov. 3 Give Me Some Peace artist: Slow Club album: One Day All of This Won’t Matter Any More Every Slow Club album has one of these gospel-backed, pleading pop songs. Though the tempo has slowed down a bit from their younger days, Rebecca Taylor still drives the melody with her fiery vocals. And…

SOTD: Fig in Leather

Tuesday, Nov. 1 Fig in Leather artist: Devendra Banhart album: Ape in Pink Marble Nine studio albums on the wall, and this one is new and delightful and yet still just as characteristic Devendra Banhart as the rest. He throws in a traditional Japanese instrument with some groovy samba, narrates a funny story, and makes us…

SOTD: Stay With Us

Thursday, Oct. 27 Stay With Us artist: Seoul album: I Become A Shade Interesting enough to be cool, and low-key enough to not distract. The lyrics are there, but they never take over. It’s all about the vibes emitted from the sounds that this Montreal-based band creates. All of the trademarks of a good coffeeshop…

SOTD: Whoacean

Tuesday, Oct. 25 Whoacean artist: Yesway album: Yesway The enchanting, unintelligible hah-hoos with dreamy acoustic rhythms will take you on an adventure through the sunlit forests of your semi-conscious. Perfect for a mid-day getaway from the early-work-week blues.