So, this week we learned that Britain’s new five-pound note can be used to play vinyl records. That’s pretty cool and all, but if you wind the tape from inside an eight-track around a Sacagawea dollar coin … well, I don’t know if it would play exactly, but it would sure be art … about commerce and modernity … or something. But while we figure out how exactly we can go about using other forms of currency to listen to tunes, you can grab 10 new tracks below, and you won’t even need any cash to play them!
10. Dowager – “Sleep Paralysis”
For a long time, I’ve wanted to start a band just to call a record Please Don’t Put This in Italics. While not messing with editors quite the same way, Portland post-hardcore outfit Dowager have called their new EP Title Track, which could have set us up to have to write “The best song is Title Track‘s title track, ‘Title Track’.” But luckily there’s no such song, and instead we’re writing about the explosive “Sleep Paralysis”. Benardo Relampagos howls out over the darting and diving guitars, which sit somewhere in the middle of Dillinger Escape Plan and American Football. Title Track drops November 25th via Standard Brickhouse/Really Rad Records. –Adam Kivel
09. Sacred Paws – “Everyday”
In 2016, a rhythm built on handclaps can be a tough sell. But then, the sunny “Everyday” from Sacred Paws will brush away any and all clap-related cynicism you might have and get your shoulders-a-shimmying. When the London/Glasgow duo of Rachel Aggs (also of Shopping and Trash Kit) and Eilidh Rogers get to the harmony-trilled guitar solo near the song’s end, you won’t be able to wipe the grin off your face. “I will always love you/ I’ve been thinking of you,” they sing, a last taste of sunny sweetness before the winter falls. –Adam Kivel