While Arcade Fire tops this week’s list with their most contagious single yet, it seems that the rest followed suit, naturally. Synthesizers reach soaring highs with Cut Copy, SOHN, and Active Child’s newest releases, while Kelley Stoltz and Miguel coat their tracks with guitar accents that aspire to find the same groove. Have fun tapping your shoes to this countdown.
10. Blitzen Trapper – “Shine On”
Channeling Little Feat circa mid-’70s, Blitzen Trapper inject a little funk into their southern rock on “Shine On”, a new track from their forthcoming LP, VII (out October 1st via Vagrant Records). “I’ve written a lot of songs with a lot of words,” frontman Eric Earley said in the track commentary. “But for this one, I just wanted to do something that was simple, straightforward.” With a steady groove and some wily harmonica playing by Earley, this one hits that southern-boogie sweet spot unlike anything in a very long time. –Jon Hadusek
9. Ducktails – “Honey Tiger Eyes”
Matt Mondanile’s return to Ducktails reveals a psychedelic haze over the smooth slacker tones that he’s most well-known from his summer-loving main band, Real Estate. “Honey Tiger Eyes” kicks off immediately into a lush groove, spanning from dreamy guitar waves and bold bass tones. Every second of the track brings smooth athleticism, whether it’s Mondanile’s dreamy croon or the capitalizing guitar solo that defines the track’s outro. Ducktails’ follow-up EP, Wish Hotel, is due October 22nd. –Sam Willett
8. Cut Copy – “Free Your Mind”
Cut Copy‘s new album, Free Your Mind, is defined by a new vision, “freedom… that’s universally positive and timeless,” and its title track strikes invigorating inspiration to spread such an influence around the world. Vocalist Dan Whitford call all to “react as one” and “reach for the sky if you want your life to shine,” bringing back memories of freedom movements from the ’60s. His voice truly leads the track to contiuously expand instrumentally, starting with deep, pulsing tones and eventually climbing to incorporate bright piano chords and sonic winds peering from ear-to-ear. Perhaps Free Your Mind, set to be released on November 5th, will help us realize that leaving summer isn’t so bad after all. –Sam Willett