Week after week, we’re able to draw comparisons between the artists we cover in Top Songs and artists we cover elsewhere. This week, though, saw the release of standout tracks composed by acts who did a great job of either sounding like themselves or employing songwriting techniques that will always sound warmly familiar (as JJ does with the piano progressions of “All White Everything”). Besides Woods (who have always brought to mind classic pop-rock strummers of the ’60s and ’70s), it’s been a week that made cross-pollinators elsewhere in the music world look indecisive.
10. BOYTOY – “Blazed”
Throw “Blazed” on the summer smoking playlist. The big guitars and distant echoed vocals are equal parts Lush and Queens of the Stone Age, and the psychedelic instrumental bridge goes beyond the rigid song structures typical of contemporary garage acts. BOYTOY is fresh on the scene, but have already attracted the attention of Burger Records, who are putting out the Brooklyn rockers’ debut LP as a cassette — a rite of passage for many an aspiring guitar band. –Jon Hadusek
09. Adult Jazz – “Spook”
In the middle of Adult Jazz’s “Spook”, the band states that they write songs to trick, and after experiencing the zaniness of the song’s structure, that makes a lot of sense. “Spook” employs this strategy through a number of instrumental movements, whether it’s guitar orchestration a la Dirty Projectors or ambiance built from reverberated piano keys. The track is featured on their upcoming debut album, Gist Is, which is set for release on August 4th via Spare Thought. –Sam Willett