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: Say Something Loving

WEEK 4 Say Something Loving artist: The xx album: I See You This is a second-listen kind of track. If the first listen doesn’t strike a chord, I suggest trying it again. Honestly, the whole album is full of gems and to choose a single favorite would be insulting to the consistent greatness the artists exhibited throughout the 40 minute…

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: 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: Hey Big Star

Thursday, Oct. 20 Hey Big Star artist: Kishi Bashi album: Sonderlust This modern disco-pop song is guaranteed to be stuck in your head and maybe even melt your heart a bit when you read the story behind the album. Something about this song reminds me of a less electronic STRFKR. Although quite different from the orchestral…

SOTD: Let’s Fall in Love Some More

Tuesday, Oct. 11 Let’s Fall in Love Some More artist: Al Bairre album: Experience the Al Bairre Show with Al Bairre Experience Fall in love with… the South African version of San Cisco! (though these Cape Town-based rockers may suggest that San Cisco is, in fact, the Aussie version of Al Bairre). Regardless of how you…

SOTD: The Night Air

Tuesday, Sept. 27 The Night Air artist: Shady Elders album: The Night Air EP Laying in your backyard hammock at midnight, hazy vibes with rich vocals à la Beach House is what you’re seeking, but you don’t actually want to listen to Beach House because you’ve exhausted their records. You discover Shady Elders, whose EP…

SOTD: Teddy I’m Ready

Wednesday, Sept. 7 Teddy I’m Ready artist: Ezra Furman album: Big Fugitive Life A musical complaint of modern life that yet manages to also sound simultaneously celebratory and lethargic. A bit of rock and roll with Ezra’s distinct voice (he considers Lou Reed a personal hero), this opener winds down with a raspy saxophone that…

SOTD: Calm Down

Sunday, Sept. 4 Calm Down artist: Opus Orange album: Anatomic   More comforting than calming and indubitably energising. Indie pop-rock rhythms, building up behind encouraging lyrics makes the opener of the band’s 2016 album Anatomic the perfect song to listen to while soaking up the last bit of summer at the park, head on the…