Here’s this weeks 5 songs you need to hear.
Young Empires, “Sunshine”
The Gates (Pirates Blend)
RIYL: Foster the People, Passion Pit, Empire of the Sun
Third single from the Toronto band’s second album that was released back in September. Summery alt-pop just in time for April-May’s US tour and swing through Canada in the summer.
BRONCHO, “Fantasy Boys”
Double Vanity (Dine Alone)
RIYL: No Doubt on ‘ludes, My Bloody Valentine, Wavves
Yes, another band that demands you spell their name in ALL CAPS. Coming out of Norman, Oklahoma—home of the US National Weather Service—they’re signed to Canada’s Dine Alone Records. They release the band’s third album, Double Vanity, on May 27. This track sounds like Gwen Stefani fronting a shoegaze band.
Sunflower, “Easier Said”
Human Ceremony (Fat Possum)
RIYL: Wolf Alice, mellow Garbage, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Brooklyn band with two male vocalists who often tap each other out on lead vocals during the same song when the lone woman in the band isn’t in charge. Vogue magazine likes what they call their “poser-metal doom” sound. I’m not sure that description fits this particular song, but whatever…
Beach Slang, “Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas”
The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us (Polyvinyl Records Co.)
RIYL: Lush, Japandroids, The Replacements
Philly punk band with guitars that chime more than most groups of their ilk. Some seriously good energy and rage yet cocooned in pop clothes with hints of gauzy shoegaze. Highly recommended for anyone who wants a little more guitar in their music mix.
Kaleo, “Way Down We Go”
RIYL: Lumineers, Vance Joy, James Bay
An Iceland folk rock band named after a village in Ghana. There are only 320,000 people in all of Iceland and about 74% are in some kind of musical group. This song dates to 2014 and the video was shot in a volcano. Why not?