Kate Bush, Sigur Rós, and Cloud Nothings Top Our Top Songs of the Week (11/25)

Those in a post-Thanksgiving food coma can use this batch of new songs as a wakeup


    Kanye West is going through some things right now. While Snoop Dogg’s response seemed entertaining at first, now that Ye’s been hospitalized, cracking jokes seems in bad taste. So, instead, we’ll simply wish him well and send positive thoughts. When we’ve gone through some hard times, music can be a big help, uplifting from the darkness, or even just helping understand it. In case anyone else out there is having a difficult time, the power of music is here to help.

    10. Stove – “Blank”


    Stove are ready to return with yet another release in 2016, but this one seems to delve somewhere darker. Is the Meat That Fell Out, their upcoming EP due December 9th via Exploding In Sound, comes hand in hand with “Blank”, a song that’s dull but still pointed with despondency in tow. Drummer Jordyn Blakely and bassist Alex Molini take the songwriting reigns and steer Stove into a grimier light. It’s the type of downer indie rock that makes Pedro the Lion so easy to love, calling upon some suppressed self-loathing but looking to rounded guitars to balance it out. In that, “Blank” is another brick in Stove’s path, but thanks to the rhythm section’s new take, it feels like a progression forward into darkening fog the band has been primed to explore. –Nina Corcoran


    09. Cate Le Bon – “Rock Pool”


    Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon is prepping the release of an EP called Rock Pool, composed of tracks cut from the sessions of this year’s Crab Day — the “killed darlings,” as she puts it. Considering the vibrant life of the EP’s title track, it’s hard to imagine how this song ever was able to be killed in the first place. The shambolic guitars and sharp-turning vocal lines recall Deerhoof, though the loose and rumbly percussion (courtesy of Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa) and tinny bass strike closer to Tom Waits’ recent output. “I’m only living in a rock pool world,” Le Bon repeats on the hook, chops of electric guitar trailing her words. Grab this and the other killed darlings of Rock Pool on January 27th, via Drag City–Adam Kivel


    08. Matthew Squires – “Shape of Your Heart”


    Psych pop brightens even the gloomiest of winter days, but it does even more when the person making it lives in the south. Austin-based singer-songwriter Matthew Squires writes this precise type of jangly music that gives you a burst of newfound energy. On “Shape of Your Heart”, a single off upcoming full-length Tambaleo (out via Already Dead Tapes on January 20th), he finds the heartfelt psych of Quilt, the lucid lyrics of the Moldy Peaches, and the ’60s energy of Foxygen. “I am the Antichrist/ I am Mother Teresa, too,” he sings, giddy with the type of delusional joy that stems from melancholic views. As the song slows down to a ’90s slump, Squires’ frown is a bit more visible — but even then, it feels like there’s no point in frowning. “I promise I’ll never abandon you/ Even if you say you want me to,” he sings, and it’s hard not to believe him. This is a guy who’s intent on making things work out, even if the weight of the world is pressuring him to believe otherwise. –Nina Corcoran

    07. Lully – “Sans Chapeau”


    Earlier this year, an infectious jam called “Slow D’s” hit the net courtesy of a producer going by the name Lully — with no information as to who this beatsmith was or where he or she came from. Even Lully’s Instagram page (which, in this day and age, should be filled with selfies and details of their every intimate daily move) contained carefully created collages of a woman moving to the looped music. Now, Lully follows up that song with the sublime “Sans Chapeau”, a track built on hyperdrive synths, punchy retro bass, a stomping beat, and more obscuring, pitch-shifted vocals. “I never meant to bring you down/ I never meant to expose you/ I never meant to show them your hiding place,” Lully sings, the song full of quirky vocal samples and an energy that’ll drive dance floors wild. We may not know anything more about who Lully is, but we’re certainly even more eager to find out.. –Lior Phillips

    06. Angel Haze – “Resurrection'”


    So much of Angel Haze’s most powerful work has been fueled by pain and suffering; it’s good to hear Haze take a stand and show how strong the rapper can be. “2016, the year I rise/ Like the phoenix, yeah man, my shit on fire,” Haze spits, dramatic strings, a snap-popping beat, and icy, wobbling synths cruising by behind the vicious flow. “I don’t give one single fuck. I’m here with my heart open and my lungs full of what god has given me,” Haze said in a recent interview with Fader. Judging from the vicious swagger of a track like “Resurrection”, that’s not just posturing. Haze’s followup to 2014’s debut, Dirty Gold, is expected sometime in 2017. –Adam Kivel

    05. Hodgy – “Barbell”


    As the years go on, so does Odd Future, but in the form of offshoots and solo projects. On December 9th, rapper-producer Hodgy will release his debut LP, Fireplace: TheNotTheOtherSide via Columbia, and “Barbell” is a thrilling taste of what’s to come. Hodgy feels the need to justify himself, but he goes about it in a way that proves he deserves to be here just as much as any other Odd Future character, comparing himself to both the music-maker (Mike Will) and the wordsmith (Miley Cyrus), stringing eloquent phrases together and going bar for bar the way his comrades can. But what truly shows Hodgy stepped up his game is his delivery. Each verse comes with smooth, unworried ease, the type of weaving that speaks not just to what he’s saying, but his comfortability in saying it. If we’ve learned anything from Odd Future at this point, it’s that its members mature with surprising swiftness and allure — and Hodgy is no exception. –Nina Corcoran


    04. Kweku Collins – “jump.i”


    Kweku Collins is still celebrating the release of his excellent debut, Nat Love, as evidenced by the young Evanston, Illinois, rapper putting out a new video that takes closer “The Rain That Wouldn’t Save” at its open and adds an inspired new track, “jump.i” to it. Where “The Rain” is a bit of heartfelt balladry, “jump.i” rides that same comfortable energy, though pairing trap beats with some almost island vibe, a perfect house party jam. “The same fucker hatin’ on me show me love now,” he chuckles. “The same one, the same one.” In yet another incredibly stacked wave of young Chicagoland rappers, Kweku’s got a unique energy, an up-and-coming voice worth keeping track of. –Adam Kivel