Kris’ Picks week 58 is here featuring songs from the likes of Glass Animals, who have released their debut album How To Be A Human Being, WILLS, Selah Sue featuring Childish Gambino and finally, a track from Sundara Karma. Some songs feature in this playlist will pump you up and others will keep you sane.
All-in-all, you have quite a selection to choose from.
The first of the featured four songs comes from Glass Animals, a selection off of the band’s recent release How To Be A Human Being. The song, titled “Season 2 Episode 3,” caught my attention mainly because of its intricate use of video game sound effects to create a beat unlike any other. The song starts off with lead vocalist Dave Bayley crooning high pitched harmonies almost as an introduction for the beat that comes along seconds later.
The album itself blew away my expectations, and seems to stray away from the psychedelic sound the band exhibited on their Zaba EP. Instead, Glass Animals push more toward hard-hitting beats and vibes that grab a hold of the listener the minute they start listening, a quality the band uses to find their own unique sound.
WILLS’ “Woes vs. Whoas” initially caught my eye with its title. I mean, look at it. I did a double-take the first time I saw the title, but I also ended up doing a second double-take after the beat started going in and the bass came into the full effect.
Every sound effect that comes into play comes together and explodes all at once. Some may take it as being too much at once, but others would appreciate the hip-hop beat, the gritty, repetitive vocals and the flute all combining to make a sound that ingrains itself in the listener’s brain. It leaves an impact, all right. And it definitely is a track to blast when you need a quick pick-me-up.
The third featured song on the list comes from soul/funk singer Selah Sue, whose vocal harmonies provide the perfect build to an aggressively strong pair of verses from rapper Childish Gambino, and personally, one of my favorite rappers out there today.
“Together” uses a typical R&B rhythm that coincides with Sue’s smooth vocal harmonies. An electronic-like beat runs along in the background, building with every lyric, until finally the song picks up and lets everything out. Gambino comes in with a verse, and everything after that is history.
The final featured song on this week’s Kris’ Picks comes from Reading-based indie rock band Sundara Karma and their recently released single “She Said.”
“She Said” is an upbeat summer track that’ll have you thinking of bright rays, good vibes and driving with the windows down. The song has a catchy quality that hooks the listener with the perfect sing-a-long type of chorus.
The song is the perfect track to blast after a long day, just to get the blood flowing after sitting at a desk all day (no shame if that’s what you do). A perfectly placed guitar solo adds to the song’s upbeat vibe, and just ties everything in quite beautifully.
That concludes this week’s featured four and Kris’ Picks! Make sure to check out every Kris’ Picks we’ve done so far, below!