Kris’ Picks is back and this week we’re feature energizing songs from all over the spectrum. Phantogram’s incredible “Cruel World,” is on the radar alongside White Sea’s beckon to the average teen “Stay Young, Get Stoned.” INFIDELIX’s beat-driven “Gold,” and The Island Club’s synth sing-a-long “Paper Kiss” close off the ‘featured four.’
Phantogram’s latest single off of the duo’s much-anticipated third studio album Three uses the same formula found in many of the band’s track, with a strong emphasis on a hip-hop beat that’ll have you nodding along to the rhythm and flow of the short-lived, yet impactful song.
The duo’s “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” had the same type of catchy rhythm that I couldn’t let go of. This song, “Cruel World,” had the same effect. The minute the beat drops the listener is, at least in my case, caught completely off guard.
The timing of the beat along with the eerie, dark vocals from lead vocalist Sarah Barthel make the track one that will most definitely stand out on the duo’s studio record.
Three is due out October 7.
Next up on the ‘featured four’ is “Stay Young, Get Stoned,” a song I like to say runs parallel to Death Cab For Cutie’s “Stay Young, Go Dancing.” White Sea’s explosive start is what caught my attention initially, the synth-driven harmonies faintly reminded me of something the HAIM sisters would produce.
The song is a call to the good old days, lead vocalist Morgan Kibby croons about, “Getting lost in my smoke,” while, “staying young and getting stoned.” The song has an anthem-like sound that complements Kibby’s strong vocals in the best way. “Stay Young, Get Stoned” is a track you’d blast with the windows down as you contemplate the fact that you’re growing up a bit too fast.
You might not be able to get over that feeling completely, but “Stay Young, Get Stoned” will help you at least get through the day.
INFIDELIX’s hard flow and unique beat drove me to include his track, “Gold,” in this week’s playlist. “Gold” has a quality that seems to energize the listener past the point where they should be energized. For example, “Gold” would be something you blast when doing a workout. That’s the best I can do.
The song is five minutes worth of lyrical flow that’ll stop you in your tracks. Something rare within rap music nowadays.
The last song on the list comes from Brighton-based indie pop band The Island Club. The track, titled “Paper Kiss,” is the perfect track to jam along to, especially after a long day. Critics have called The Island Club the, “ethereal side of Tame Impala,” although more energetic, “Paper Kiss” includes a rockier side of the group while also including a pop-filled, synth vibe that adds to the fun of the track as a whole.
“Paper Kiss” is one of those songs that grows on you the more you listen to it. After two listens, I was hooked. The catchy guitar riff running next to the strong bass line made it impossible for me not to be tapping along to the infectious rhythm. “Paper Kiss” is the perfect song to end the playlist, and the ‘featured four.’
As the beat builds and the drum grows stronger, so does your love for your new favorite track.
That concludes this week’s selection of songs from band’s you’ve probably never heard of. Check back next week for more additions and find your new favorite band or song. You can also check out every Kris’ Picks we’ve done so far below.