I haven’t kept up with Song of the Week posts mainly because I haven’t been hearing songs that excite me much the past month or so. Maybe I’m being too picky or maybe I’m not listening to enough new music. Regardless, now more than ever, if you have a song to share, you should post it in the comments.
I am excited that there are new albums from a couple of Song of the Week laureates, which you you should definitely check out.
Moon Hooch featured in SOTW on 2 November 2013. Their new album is This is Cave Music.
Clap! Clap!‘s new album is Tayi Bebba. “Elon Mentana” was song of the week on 8 March 2014.
Brooklyn’s Rubblebucket has a new song “Carousel Ride” with a strange 80s sci-fi movie inspired video. It’s an upbeat song with some clever lyrics – even name-checking Shackleton – with some horns coming in at the appropriate time. I like the slow-build.
What are you listening to this week? Let me know in the comments.
The uplifting trance dance track “Set Yourself Free” by Dutch DJ Tiësto and featuring Chicago dance music trio Krewella seems a fitting song of the week as we approach the end of summer. This tune is equally suitable to playing at a ball game or at a circuit party (because there’s always been a lot of overlap between jock jams and gay party anthems). So turn up your speakers and dance like nobody is watching.
What are you groovin’ to this week? Let me know in the comments
Naxxos is an electronic music duo based in Vienna, and “New Orleans” is an electronic dance track enlivened by scorching saxophone solos. What can I say? I grew up in the 1980s.
What are you listening to this week?
Jenny Lewis is responsible (with The Watson Twins) for one of my favorite albums of all time, Rabbit Fur Coat. I didn’t like her follow-up Acid Tongue as much, but now she’s back with The Voyager and it’s very catchy single “Just One of the Guys.” The sunny melody belies the deeper meaning of the lyrics which reveal something new with each listening.
Here’s the already famous video where Lewis is backed up by a band of Hollywood stars:
Australia-based band The Bombay Royale recreates the feel of Bollywood in the 1960s and 1970s with a mix of funk, disco, and surf music. Honestly, I always wonder with these kind of things if it wouldn’t be better to just listen to Bollywood recordings from the 60s and 70s, but The Bombay Royale are entertaining enough to be worth a least one listen. I can’t seem to break down the SoundCloud tracks one by one, so I’m just embedding their entire 2014 album The Island of Dr. Electrico below. I’m also posting the video for “Henna, Henna” which isn’t my favorite song but it does show the band’s unique aesthetic.
This weeks track is “A Place Called Space” by The Juan Maclean, stage name for electronic musician John Maclean
This song may be have some of the bassiest bass notes I’ve ever heard and is reminiscent of Big Audio Dynamite mixed with 1980s Doctor Who soundtracks, with some klassik rawk guitar riffs on top.
What are you grooving to this week? Let me know in the comments.