Week three of the program, and we’re glad you keep comin’ back. Thanks for everyone’s suggestions as we continue to tweak this new feature. One new incentive: You can now download the mp3 of a song (that is, if it’s available), so you can add these newly minted tracks to your virtual music shelves. Outside of that, every song in this week’s entry is serving aces like Federer. From Bonnie Raitt covers, to dub-lounge jams, to a nine-and-a-half minute pop-psych journey, here’s what’s floated our boats through the chop of this week. It’s summer, so turn it up.
Gold Panda – “MPB”
Before the glitched and pinched house beats kick, there’s a little marimba riff that keeps the track in the air. Gold Panda loops in layer after layer of synth riffs, but the track remains as curious and wistful as the initial moments with the marimba. Could be for a club, but mostly “MPB” is some electro for a sunny day.
Weird Owl – “Built Your Beast A Fire I”
“Build Your Beast A Fire I” (I= “part 1”, not the proper pronoun), a new track from the Brooklyn psych-rock group is too short, so it initially pissed me off. But this teaser from their forthcoming album of the same name awoke all those dormant Deep Purple vibes, mixed with some transcendental riffage, which the band describes “as krautrock channeled through the goings-on at an Ayahuasca freakout.” With that, I got over my anger forthwith and just put this song on repeat.
Zorch – “Cosmic Gloss”
For as frenetic and eccentric as this track is, for its massive patchwork of sounds hinged together, and for a newly-delivered band, it’s shocking that every element of this song stays suspended and engaging for for nine-and-a-half minutes. That’s no easy feat, but the Austin ADD-noise-pop duo Zorch nail it with this track. The density of the jam is tempered by that recurring hook, and the length of the jam is tempered by how awesome it is. You can stream/download Zorch’s new EP Cosmic Gloss/E.M.F. here.
How To Dress Well – “Us in the Sense Of Forever”
So long as How To Dress Well plucks my heart strings with melancholic/halcyon R&B infused mood pieces that give a little nod to Michael Jackson’s “Will You Be There”, you’ll see him on here a lot. How can he be so far in the distance but so damn close? And thanks to Adult Swim for continuing to bring us some fantastic singles. You’re the faucet from which we lap that sweet, sweet music water.