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Top 10 Songs of the Week (3/14)

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    As a result of 97 percent of the music industry being busy with SXSW, this week has been lacking in big-deal singles. Hell, the biggest one, Jay Z and Daft Punk’s “Computerized”, is an unreleased demo. But the relative slowness doesn’t mean the following list is in any way weaker than usual. It just means we had to do some extra digging this week. Who would ever complain about that?

    10. How to Dress Well – “Words I Don’t Remember”

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    Tom Krell, aka How to Dress Well, has been so personal in his music as to rattle off names of dead loved ones like he’s scrolling through his contacts list. “Words I Don’t Remember”, meanwhile, is a six-minute helping of tranquilized R&B that doesn’t need words to convey the weight on Krell’s spindly shoulders — rather, the sighs, whirlpool synth progressions, and distant snaps here are sufficient. –Michael Madden

    09. Generation Loss – “Enter the Void”

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    The latest product of San Francisco’s ever-active garage rock scene, Generation Loss are a DIY act with a ton of upside, as heard on “Enter the Void”. Spiny guitars pace a sluggish post-punk groove, and the vocals are deranged shouts where only the title — “Enter the void, enter the void!” — is distinguishable. These days it seems like any band can get by on lo-fi aesthetics and nihilism, but Generation Loss have a craziness that can’t be contrived, that it-factor that separates the strong punk bands from the shitty ones. –Jon Hadusek


    08. Dread Sovereign – “Cathars to Their Doom”

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    “Cathars to Their Doom” is a nine-minute opus that sees Dublin’s Dread Sovereign maturing as musicians and songwriters. It’s simply on another level as compared to 2013’s Pray to the Devil in Man EP. The multi-movement song twists and turns from dirge-like doom metal passages to spiraling blues guitar sections by Bones (of ZOM and Wizards of Firetop Mountain). Dread Sovereign will release their debut full-length, All Hell’s Martyrs, this month on Ván Records. Listen in here–Jon Hadusek

    07. The Snow – “Memory Loss”

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    Captured Tracks supergroup The Snow is composed of members from Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils, and Holograms, and their synthesis on “Memory Loss” rings with nostalgia for most of your favorite ’80s bands. Andres Langstom’s croon croaks like Robert Smith, while the band surrounding him dresses the jam with chorus effect-loaded arpeggios and bold bass lines that resemble The Smiths. When combined, each member’s mastery of these aesthetic compounds makes for a jammy, dream-bound adventure. Be sure to put this 7″ on your Record Store Day wish list!–Sam Willett

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