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Top Songs of the Week (6/5)

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    Someone lit a real fire underneath the authors of this week’s Top Songs. Whether it’s Jay Rock mourning fallen friends, metal shredder Matt Pike and High on Fire continuing to scorch, or indie punks Nopes turning their guitars to 11 in the garage, things got a little aggressive this week. But, of course, there’s always that delicate interplay between extremes, and the smooth seduction of The Internet and beautiful electronics of CFCF balance things out perfectly.

    10. Hag Face – “Rip It”

    Hag Face

    Hag Face comes from Calgary, Alberta, with a name that sounds like an insult but gets worn with pride. The foursome have songs with titles like “Psycho Bitch” in their catalog, which they scream like you’re daring them to prove how well it fits. “Rip It” is another crazed deconstruction of a two-word phrase, except this time Hag Face gets even more minimal. Don’t worry about the lyrics; you’ve already read the only discernible ones in full. The song lets the band flex its shrieks over a base of queasy back beats, changing tempos at will until the last ounce of viscera has oozed out of those two words. “Rip It” comes from Hag Face’s split 7-inch with Babysitter, due July 30th from Pleasance and Resurrection. –Sasha Geffen

    9. CFCF – “The Ruined Map”

    CFCF The ruined Map

    Michael Silver’s existence as an electronic producer has been colored by acoustic experimentation, and “The Ruined Map”, from his next album as CFCF, practically channels Sufjan Stevens’ guy-plus-guitar pensiveness on Carrie & Lowell. The combination of Silver’s warm voice and the central acoustic guitar almost brings it into pastoral singer-songwriter territory. In the end, the story here lies not in the lyrics Silver sings, but rather in the sonics, the track pushing forward with a shimmer that suggests the new album, Radiance and Submission, might be the most beautifully recorded CFCF release yet. It’s out July 31st via Driftless Recordings. –Michael Madden

    8. Nervosas – “Night Room”

    Nervosas

    When you think punk, the first city you think of probably isn’t Columbus, Ohio. But Nervosas are out to change your mind. The self-professed “dark-punk” trio cast a large shadow in their hometown, and that’s exactly how they like it: shadowy. “Night Room”, the lead single from their upcoming self-titled album, hits that goth-y intersection of The Cure and Wipers that just begs for a listen while walking down a moonlit street. Vocalist Jeff Kleinman digs his teeth into the dramatic tune, and Mickey Mocnik’s guitar needles around a combustive rhythm. “A place to be alone/ Forever changing in this night room,” Kleinman moans as the song draws to a hazy conclusion, the trio ready to wander back out into the Columbus dusk. You’ll be able to get “Night Room” and the rest of Nervosas on July 10th via Dirtnap. –Adam Kivel

    7. Beirut – “No No No”

    beirut Top Songs of the Week (6/5)

    It’s good to hear the return of Zach Condon’s voice, a singular instrument in indie, missing in action for too long prior to “No No No”. The song, the title track of Beirut’s forthcoming follow-up to 2011’s The Rip Tide, is boosted by horns, but it feels like a tease regardless of any textural boldness, not quite three minutes in length and the extent of the lyrics being as follows: “Don’t know the first thing about who you are/ My heart is waiting, taken in from the start/ If we don’t go now, we won’t get very far.” Having found lasting romance with a Turkish woman following a physical and mental breakdown in 2013, Condon sounds recharged and enamored with the possibilities life holds. No No No is out September 11th via 4AD. –Michael Madden

    6. Dux Content – “Snow Globe”

    Dux Content Snow Globe

    London netlabel PC Music is in a constant state of flux, and Dux Content is only the latest ambiguously named collaboration to bubble up. The collective’s central figure, A.G. Cook, teams up with lesser-known name Danny L Harle for “Snow Globe”, a new track that starts off as innocently as a Christmas carol and finishes by shattering all over the cliches it invokes. “Take me all the way to the edge of the sky,” sings an anonymous vocalist, while square-wave synths blare against crystalline trills. “We can’t go home/ It’s clear we’ve got no more time to take it slow,” the voice sings. “We’ll be just like the rain when we fall together.” “Snow Globe” is a Disney-fied horror, like a deep cut from Frozen with all its edges peeling back to reveal the nightmare underneath. –Sasha Geffen

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