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Top 10 Songs of the Week (2/12)

Looking for a Yeezy-less batch of new music to get excited about? Look no further

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    Hey everybody! While Kanye was off being Kanye all over the place, making music, offending people, making video games about his deceased mother, there were plenty of other artists quietly putting out excellent new music, no video games or offense needed. Others released excellent new music slightly less quietly, yet with less odd accoutrements — namely the return of both Queen Bey and James Blake. So, if you’re looking for some Ye-less new music to get excited about, click on and enjoy!

    10. Fruit Bats – “From a Soon-To-Be Ghost Town”

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    Indie folk rock mainstays Fruit Bats are back with their first album in five years, as previewed by new single “From a Soon-To-Be Ghost Town”. The red dust clings heavier on this track than some of their past records, a twang in Eric D. Johnson’s vocals and a sunbaked warmth to the piano and acoustic guitar. “It’s hard to be the last one in a soon-to-be ghost town/ When all that you’ve loved is now gone,” Johnson sings, and the melancholy ring to his vocals suggests this is about more than someone sticking around in a dead-end town — there’s some heartbreak too. Video of Johnson playing this one solo appeared last year, and it’s even more affecting with the full band backing his tender voice. Fruit Bats’ new album, Absolute Loser, drops May 13th via Easy Sound Recording Co.  Adam Kivel

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    09. Wolf & Witnessing – “Acapulco”

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    This collaboration between Mexico City/Montreal-based Wolf and full-time Montreal resident Witnessing finds an uneasy footing between Arca’s twisted fantasies and Bonobo’s windswept atmospherics. Set to be released March 4th through Berlin’s WDIS, it was actually the duo’s shared Latin American heritage (similar to Arca’s Venezuelan roots) that inspired this strained instrumental. While Acapulco evokes imagery of palm trees and vibrantly colored daiquiris, this 3:31 is far more challenging on the senses. Kudos to any DJ talented/self-assured enough to unfurl these broken melodies in the live setting without clearing the dance floor! Listen in at Fader–Derek Staples

    08. Facial – “August”

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    Vocalist Cameron Dmytryk originally wrote “August” in, yes, August … of 2005. After bringing the material to Facial practice, it got a makeover. The song’s skeleton — lonely guitar supported by parental bass — begins with breathy inhales caught in the mixing session and the soft scratches of a finger catching on the grooves of a guitar string. Once Dmytryk starts using his deep baritone vocals, he takes on the persona of a young Matt Berninger or Mogwai’s “Bill Is Dead”. Then the revisions kick in. Paranoia takes a hold of an otherwise sleepy state in the form of distorted fuzz, running aimlessly with anxiety pinned to its tail, until Dmytryk is left alone with the bass once more. It’s a moment of self-laceration that finds its voice a decade later. –Nina Corcoran

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