Here are the 5 songs you need to hear this week.
Basia Bulat, “Fool”
Good Advice (Secret City)
RIYL: Sarah McLachlan, St. Vincent, Feist
Until Basia came along, the only people I ever saw with an autoharp was Mrs. Friesen, my 3rd grade music teacher, and my mother-in-law, who had inexplicably acquired one from a church garage sale. We can probably say that Basia Bulat is the only autoharpist ever signed to Britain’s Rough Trade. Good Advice is her fourth album. Will there be another Polaris Music Prize nomination?
Empire of the Sun, “Walking on a Dream”
Walking on a Dream (Astalworks/Capitol)
RIYL: MGMT, Crystal Castles, MS MR
Definitely not a new song—it was out in Australia in 2008 (!!!)—but it’s been resurrected in North America thanks to its inclusion in a Honda commercial. When something suddenly streams over 78 million times on Spotify, people take notice. A new album is planned for September.
Fast Romantics, “Animal”
Single (Pipe & Hat)
RIYL: New Pornographers, Tegan & Sara, Pulp
This five-piece Toronto band originally from Calgary (est. 2008) probably have a bunch of Elvis Costello records at home, too. A new album—their first single since Afterlife Blues in 2013—will be out this summer.
Lucius, “Born Again Teen”
Good Grief (Mom + Pop Music)
RIYL: Ting Tings, Florence + The Machine, Basia Bulat
Loved this one from the opening notes! A couple of Berklee College of Music majors along with a drummer and guitar turn out some exuberant indie pop with a big Florence + the Machine-type drum sound.
St. Lucia, “Dancing On Glass”
RIYL: Beach House, Ellie Goulding, The Naked & Famous
Born in South Africa, raised in Brooklyn, and named after a Caribbean island (or maybe the Christian martyr), Jean-Philip Grobler’s biggest influences were Sting, Phil Collins, and Michael Jackson. He’s also done remix work for Passion Pit and Foster the People.