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Run the Jewels, Laura Marling, and Julien Baker Highlight Our Top Songs of the Week (12/2)

Will any of these sneak onto our upcoming top songs of 2016 list? Stay tuned

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    It’s only been a few days since we released our list of the Top 50 Albums of 2016, and the music world just keeps on rolling. That’s right, this week alone there were 10 rad new songs released that may just make it onto our list of the top songs of the year, coming your way shortly. Until then, brush up on the year’s best albums and get to preparing your own lists — hopefully these songs will inspire you!


    10. Alex Wiley feat. Jay Prince – “Still Calling”

    Alex Wiley

    Chicago rapper Alex Wiley relocated to the west coast and, by the sound of it, found himself a new home that’s easy to sprawl in. “Still Calling” sees him walking across a track of deep, slurring beats reminiscent of King Krule’s low-swinging trip-hop LP from last year. It’s a cloud of drug depth, the type of drawl that stretches on forever just as you hope it will. Instead of getting lost in the song’s smokey haze, he flags his hand in the air, letting his verse challenge guest Jay Prince to step up his game. Wiley may have softened his delivery, but he keeps his words sharpened, opting to reel back word count in favor of punch. It’s a welcome introduction to Village Party III: Stoner Symphony, his upcoming album out January 18th, and a reminder that location doesn’t just define someone; it helps push them forward. –Nina Corcoran


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    09. Peter Silberman – “Karuna”

    Nina Corcoran, Peter Silberman of The Antlers-3399 smaller

    Photo by Nina Corcoran

    The idea of losing any of your senses is terrifying, let alone losing one that is essential to your livelihood and passion. That’s exactly what struck Peter Silberman, though, when he lost hearing in one of his ears. The Antlers frontman had struggled with tinnitus in the past, but this experience (the sound of “rushing water” becoming silence entirely) was new and devastating. After learning to adjust to this new staticky pain, his return to the music world comes in the form of an upcoming solo album due February 24th via ANTI. Early taste “Karuna” displays the lessons he learned in his time of quiet, both in terms of performance and message. First, Silberman learned that he needed to play guitar and sing quietly to avoid serious pain, and the subtle, mellow track carries a tender fragility without sacrificing the power of his compositions. The song also works to “put a microscope on what’s going on in my mind at a given moment,” he explained to NPR, and the stretched-out chords, long builds, and interioralized lyrics (“I’m disassembling piece by piece/ Deteriorating, decayed, decreased”) are the clear product of a learned patience and self-examination. —Lior Phillips

    Listen in at NPR.

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