Welcome to this week’s installment of LRDC. We have some great, new tracks for your listening pleasure. First up is from the soulful Aquilo, who I’ve featured on our lists a couple times now. This UK duo is known for their beautiful, airy vocals and soft, yet heavy hitting orchestration. “Calling Me” absolutely picks up where they left off on their breakout single “Good Girl” and is a piece of art as it swells and builds using a simply plucked guitar to tie it all together.
Next up we have a solo track from Vampire Weekend’s Rostam titled “EOS” and it also comes with some sad news. Today, we’ve learned that Rostam will be leaving Vampire Weekend after finishing work on their upcoming LP (working title is “Mitsubishi Macchiato”, which is craaaay). Either way, I’m excited to hear about that LP and also to have some solo work from him. This song is very pretty and is recorded as if it was performed in a massive concert hall. It’s haunting and intimate, but still familiar and approachable. Apparently, in the song he’s actually referencing a photograph taken in India and the song is recalling a certain place and time.
For me, only a few bands have been able to follow up a killer debut single with hit after hit. I like to cover up-and-comers, but the fact of the matter is that some of them will fall into the backdrop, it’s the sad reality of this MP3 world. HAERTS is one of those bands that has fought hard and produced music that lives up to the expectations of excellency I hold them up to. A couple days ago, they released a quick three song EP called “Power / Land” and it was reallllly difficult for me to decide which song to feature on this week’s list. All three are strong , even the middle track entitled “Interlude,” but “Turn It Around” kept ringing in my head for the rest of the day. The vocals are remeniscent of Karen O to me with touch of rawness, yet still a little sophomoric. The beat and synth are characteristic of the rest of the stuff they have put out and no fault to them for this, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I absolutely love how infectious everything about this song is.
Downtempo Synth darlings, Prince Innocence call Toronto their home and I’ve featured their song called “I Don’t Care.” It’s the kind of song you would expect in a high-end retailer. It has a great sound that is really well put together and they in this track they tell you exactly what they think when you call them “pop.” They remind me a bit of a brighter Massive Attack with vocals playing seamlessly off of minimalist, yet interesting, synth.
GIRL POWER!!! All female punk outfit Bleached are back with an upcoming full length and we have one track from that entitled “Keep On Keepin’ On.” It captures a bit of 80’s Punk as well as some of the fuzzy 60’s surf-rock vibes while being approachable with some pop influences. It’s a feel-good song that has a driving beat keeping you tuned in for the entire four and a half minutes.
A sequel to his “White Privilege” released in 2005, Macklemore broke the internet last Friday when he released “White Privilege II.” It stirred up emotions, both positive and negative. Many threw shade at him that he’s basically shooting himself in the foot. Say what you will about “The Mac,” but he sings about stuff that matters. He’s advocating in this song about using your voice for those things that do matter and when you use your voice, make sure it is authentic. Truly words we all should live by regardless of our influence on others. To be honest, this track spoke to me because I’m a white male who doesn’t harbor hate in my heart for people of different races or for the police. I fall into the category that he is rapping about. Perhaps those who are criticizing the song aren’t necessarily the intended audience. This track is best enjoyed while reading the lyrics, so you can find those here.
Making their third appearance on LRDC, High Highs is back with another new track called “How Could You Know.” I must be fan-boying hard for these guys because I have loved all three of these tracks so much. This one reminds me a bit of Ariel Pink for some reason and other bands that I realllllly can’t get off the top of my tongue. I think I like High Highs so much because if I were in a band, this is exactly the sound that I would go for. Keep it up, guys!
Let’s hit up this week’s very honorable mentions:
Kiiara – “Feels” – Please do yourself a favor and click that link and listen to this song. I have to say that this song drops the F bomb a few to many times (not “Feels”), but it’s really quite pretty. She has a bit of a hip hop vibe with a track that sounds like it’s on a relaxation tape and some 808s thrown in.
Flume ft. Kai – “Never Be Like You” – I’m going to request one thing of you tonight. I know you’re going to like this song, but please abstain from seeing Flume live or any other DJ live for that matter. They’re only going to let you down unless you’ve heard that said DJ kills it live (i.e. go see Major Lazer or A-Trak), because 99% of DJs just press a couple buttons and jump around. So save the $50 and enjoy this track where it is truly meant to be enjoyed, wherever you are right now listening to it in all of it’s produced glory.
SNBRN ft. Nate Dogg – “Gangsta Walk” – Nate Dogg (RIP), I wish you could have heard this song because it absolutely slays. SNBRN turned a pretty dark, chill song into a club BANGER and it does just that.
That’s it for this week, enjoy the list y’all!