Song of the Week: “Compassion to the Nth Degree” by Rainbow Girls


Rainbow Girls : “Compassion to the Nth Degree”

The sunny harmonies belie the sarcastic lyrics in this track from the Northern California folk trio Rainbow Girls.  This song was meant for these times.

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Song of the Week: “Fragile” by Laufey


Laufey – “Fragile”

Laufey Lín Jónsdottír is a jazz vocalist and cellist from Iceland. On “Fragile” she creates an eerie tension between the moody bossanova sounds and the vulnerable lyrics.  Like many young musicians she has taken advantage of Tik Tok for experimenting with her music.  Laufey’s debut album Everything I Know About Love is due out August 26.

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Song of Last Week: “Resolution Song (Benin)” by Star Feminine Band


(I had a song picked out for last week but failed to find time to make a post, so I’m posting it now!)

Star Feminine Band – “Resolution Song (Benin)”

The seven member band from Benin is made up of girls from the ages 12 to 19.  They perform danceable music with lyrics about social issues, especially related to women and girls.  Thus they’ve been called The Linda Lindas of Benin.  Read more about the group in this article from NPR

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Song of the Week: “This Hell” by Rina Sawayama


Rina Sawayama – “This Hell”

Rina Sawayama, a Japanese-British singer-songwriter, released the first single from her upcoming sophomore album Hold the Girl. “This Hell” is a celebratory 80s-style dance pop track with a country twang.  Despite the upbeat mood of the song, the lyrics deal with important topical issues.  Sawayama states:

It’s an important song for me given the human rights that are being taken away from minorities at a rapid rate in the name of traditional religious beliefs, more specifically I was thinking about the rights being taken away from the LGBTQ community when I wrote this song. When the world tells us we don’t deserve love and protection, we have no choice but to give love and protection to each other. This Hell is better with you. – The A.V. Club

 

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Song of the Week: “Stay On It” by wild Up


 

wild Up – “Stay On It”

A little something different for Song of the Week from the Los Angeles experimental classical music ensemble.  “Stay On It” is an interpretation of a work by minimalist composer Julius Eastman, originally performed in 1973.

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Song of the Week: “Elevate Us” by SiLVA


SiLVA – “Elevate Us”

Moving into the weekend with the classic club music sound of “Elevate Us” by SiLVA, who is also a DJ/host of radio programming on KCRW in Los Angeles.

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Song of the Week: “This Is A Life” by Son Lux with Mitski and David Byrne


Son Lux with Mitski and David Byrne – “This Is A Life”

I don’t know much about Son Lux, but the band created an engaging soundtrack for the excellent movie Everything Everywhere All At Once. “This Is A Life” plays over the closing credits and features two of my all-time favorite artists, Mitski and David Byrne.

 

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Song of the Week: “snake” by Sadurn


Sadurn – “snake”

“snake” is a folk pop tune with a rich sound and reflective lyrics from the band Sadurn.  The Philadelphia-based band is lead by Genevieve DeGroot and their debut album, Radiator, is due on May 6.

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Song of the Week: “About Damn Time” by Lizzo


Lizzo – “About Damn Time”

This is a Lizzo fan blog, so of course her new party anthem would be the song of the week.

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Song of the Week: “Where’s the One?” by Congotronics International


Congotronics International – “Where’s the One?”

Congotronics is a supergroup made up of members of bands from four continents including Konono Nº1, Kasai Allstars, Deerhoof, Juana Molina, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, and Skeletons’ Matt Mehlan.  “Where’s the One?” is the title track of their debut album due out April 29.

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