Top 10 Songs of the Week (2/26)

A supergroup of new tunes to kick off your weekend


    With the announcement of Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, the world got yet another massive supergroup, this time composed of members of Alice in Chains, Mastodon, Mars Volta, and more. While it may not exactly be a supergroup, we like to think of the 10 entrants into our weekly list as composing a sort of super-team, this week offering skills ranging from esoteric black metal to big beat hip-hop. But just think if we could actually get Azealia Banks to team up with the Melvins … We can dream.

    10. Waldgeflüster – “Der Traumschänder”


    My German is a little bit rusty, but if I’m not mistaken, Waldgeflüster means something akin to whispering forest. Add in an umlaut and a witchy font, and you’ve got the beginning of a rad metal band. Luckily, the German quintet follow up on that promise with new cut “Der Traumschänder”. Part of a new split with Panopticon, the track is a slow-building slice of black metal grandiosity. Over 12 minutes, Waldgeflüster deliver an epic tale of haunted groves, shadowy nightmares, and shuddering quakes. Grab the full split with Panopticon on March 11th via Nordvis and Bindrune Recordings. –Adam Kivel


    09. Kero Kero Bonito – “Lipslap”

    Kero Kero Bonito

    Depending on your attitude toward music made for casual and widespread consumption — or pop music, for short — Kero Kero Bonito’s new track, “Lipslap”, is merely a peppy, bubblegum pop song for the dance floor, or it’s also a smirking indictment of how society willfully ignores or can’t be bothered to decipher meaningful messages in pop music. Sarah Midori Perry lays out our excuses, so innocent in their entitlement: “I can’t hear you because this beat is taking over,” “I’m not one to lipread and you don’t come with subtitles.” But Kero Kero Bonito aren’t leveling an attack on anyone because, after all, “it’s all lipslap.” Even though Perry’s voice is so distrustfully perky, her enunciation so troublingly precise, it surely can’t be just that. Can it? –Karen Gwee

    08. Car Seat Headrest – “Vincent”


    Will Toledo’s upcoming album as Car Seat Headrest is called Teens of Denial, and although it’s early days yet, “Vincent” sounds like something of a breaking point: an attempt to shed denial and delusion for painful clarity. Over eight minutes of alternately shimmering and shredding guitar lines and frenetic drumming, Toledo sings candidly about introversion, mental illness, appearances, and the hopelessness of existence. But he’s been stifled a long time, and that doesn’t go away so easily — “I find it harder to speak when someone else is listening in the back of a medicine cabinet,” he sings, gratefully seizing upon Vincent Van Gogh to put a face to an inexpressible mental struggle. This tension between silence and speech makes the noisy, thrilling “Vincent” all the more captivating. Teens of Denial will be out on Matador Records sometime this year. –Karen Gwee

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