Emily Reo, Cloud Nothings, and Priests Headline Our Top Songs of the Week (10/14)

Here are 10 tracks that won't require any money to play or play on


    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”

    dowager sleep paralysis Emily Reo, Cloud Nothings, and Priests Headline Our Top Songs of the Week (10/14)

    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”

    sacred paws everyday Emily Reo, Cloud Nothings, and Priests Headline Our Top Songs of the Week (10/14)

    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


    08. Boogie – “Two Days”

    boogie two days Emily Reo, Cloud Nothings, and Priests Headline Our Top Songs of the Week (10/14)

    Though Boogie only released his debut mixtape Thirst 48 about four months ago, the Westside rapper already has the followup just about ready to hit. And “Two Days” works as a perfect sample, Boogie once again going in detail on the politics of social media and the instant gratification age. “I see you unfollow me, got your ratio poppin/ You know I been lurking, you been erasing my comments/ You know I got that app, you better know I had your back/ Don’t be no lady in the streets and then a thottie on the Snap,” he drops over pitch-shifted choral samples, funky synth, and 808s. Thirst 48 Part II drops this weekend. –Adam Kivel


    07. Tredici Bacci feat. Jennifer Charles – “Drowned”


    Simon Hanes may be the weirdest, smartest, or wildest musician in Boston — or perhaps he’s just all three. The New England Conservatory graduate used to strip naked while playing guitar in noise act Guerilla Toss. He wrote and recorded strings for bands like Quilt. Now, in what seems to be a moment where all of his dreams come true, he’s conducting a 14-piece outfit as Tredici Bacci that brings orchestral cinematics to life in a way only a brilliant madman could. “Drowned”, off the aptly titled Amore Per Tutti — out November 11th via NNA Tapes — which varies in tone as much as this song does, is a burst of colors. Hanes composes as Luxardo, and on this track that means he’s responsible for the allusions to Ennio Morricone and late jazz while featured singer Jennifer Charles casts a smokey story of romance over it all. Forget about the movies. Tredici Bacci has all the enticing drama and romantic action you need. –Nina Corcoran


    06. Boogarins – “Elogio à Instituição do Cinismo”

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    Photo by Nina Corcoran

    Psych rock gets pegged as a west coast affair more often than it should. Boogarins are proving the genre grows far and wide from California. The Brazilian rock group implement a soft take on psych, earning them opening slots for Andrew Bird, but single “Elogio Á Instituição Do Cinismo” wields a knife and goes straight for the gut. It’s crunchy and thick, a distorted take on their own mesmerizing melodies, that tumbles comfortably in its own pulsating beat. Given the title translates to “Praise The Institution Of Cynicism”, it’s safe to assume the lyrics are just as trippy and dark as the vocal echoes. Keep Brazil on your map because if you ever wanted to hear Kevin Parker sing in Portuguese over a Tame Impala song, your wish has pretty much been granted. –Nina Corcoran


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