Kris’ Picks: Top 5 Songs of the Week (7/21-7/25)
1) Midnight City by M83
One of the greatest songs in indie music, Midnight City is the critically acclaimed single off of M83’s sixth studio album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. Pitchfork named it #1 on The Top 100 Tracks of 2011, now I don’t usually agree with Pitchfork’s, but this one is extremely accurate to this day. If I had the power to name it one of the greatest songs of all times I would, lead singer Anthony Gonzalez’s brooding vocals mixed with an amazing saxophone solo that leaves you wanting more and more. You should definitely have this song in your music library.
2) Giants by Bear Hands
When I first listened to this song it took me a while to get used to, but when I did I loved it. Bear Hands is a small indie band from Connecticut who released their second album, Distraction this year. Their first album, Burning Bush Supper Club, was also given great reviews by Pitchfork. It received an 7.1 out of 10 (which is a rare occurrence with them). Distraction is a fantastic album, the band proves itself yet again. Check it out.
3) Flaws by Bastille
Bastille, Bastille, Bastille. Don’t even get me started on these guys, what a phenomenal group of people. Bastille is known for their hit single “Pompeii”, which was honestly overplayed to the point I didn’t enjoy it anymore. No worries though, the band released two albums, one titled Bad Blood which was released in 2013 and another titled All This Bad Blood which was basically every song on Bad Blood plus some amazing covers and new songs. The song of the week “Flaws” begins with a synthesizer-like beat that draws you in from the start, from there the song only gets better as lead singer Dan Smith cranks out witty lyrics that flow with the song itself. Definitely one to have.
4) Mind Over Matter by Young the Giant
I have loved this band since they started out with their self-titled album in 2010, when I found out they were going to release a new album I flipped. Mind Over Matter dropped January of this year, and I’m telling you I sat in disbelief when I listened to it. The vocals were perfect, the messages in the lyrics gave you chills, it was great. One of my favorite songs off of the album is…well Mind Over Matter! Powerful vocals by lead singer Sameer Gadhia gives you chills, basically making you analyze the lyrics more to find the deeper meaning of the song. I’m telling you, it’s a great one.
5) Back to Back by Wolf Gang
This song…ALWAYS gives me goosebumps. I don’t know if it’s the drum intro to the chorus or the lyrics or what, but it’s freaking great. Wolf Gang (not the rap group), is an indie rock band started in London, England by lead singer Max McElligott. McElligott formed Wolf Gang in 2011 and decided to release their debut album, Suego Faults that July. One of my favorite songs off of the album is Back to Back because of the amount of build up it has, it starts out nice and easy, but when it gets towards the end the drums get louder, the vocals build and it just gives you immediate goosebumps. Blast this one in your car, you’ll love it.