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: 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: 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: 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: Murmurs

Tuesday, Oct 4 Murmurs artist: Hundred Waters album: The Moon Rang Like a Bell Grand, forlorn, ambient, and catchy. As if the xx recorded in an old cathedral in the woods somewhere, produced by Anthony Gonzalez of M83. Maybe that’s unfair. All comparisons aside, their style is distinct and that’s obvious after a listen or two.

SOTD: Castigadas En El Granero

Wednesday, Sept. 28 Castigadas En El Granero artist: Hinds album: Leave Me Alone Two years after these Spanish low-fi garage-rockers entered the scene, they’re now cruising in the same vein as Chastity Belt and the like with their first full-length album. They’re cheeky. They’re smart. They don’t take it too seriously. They’re really fun!

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: Paul

Monday, Sept 5 Paul artist: Big Thief album: Masterpiece   A piece with a certain heartstring-tugging nostalgia that’s hard to let go of. Only 3 minutes long, this song is easy to have on repeat because — like many things in life — it always seems to end prematurely. Adrianne’s lovely crooning paints a quaint…

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…