12 Greatest Songs of the Week: Hatchie, Mark Ronson and Angel Olsen, Completely Free, and Extra
Plus Devendra Banhart, Metronomy, Luke Temple, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Different Notable New Tracks
Jun 21, 2019
Welcome to a different Songs of the Week. It is a supersized version, with a High 12 as an alternative of a High 10. A ton of recent albums have been introduced within the final week after which there have been some albums and EPs launched immediately that includes non-single tracks we have been dying to share in Songs of the Week.
Elsewhere on the web site this week we posted interviews with Clinic and The Gradual Readers Membership, in addition to a Self-Portrait function with Palehound (the place she painted her self-portrait).
Hatchie’s Souvenir was our Album of the Week.
Within the final week we additionally reviewed a bunch of albums, together with the most recent by Sizzling Chip, Kirin J Callinan, Hatchie, Tim Hecker, and Sebadoh. Plus each week we submit critiques of assorted different issues (some weeks together with DVDs, Blu-rays, movies, live shows, and TV reveals).
Do not forget about our present print challenge. The problem options Mitski on the entrance cowl and boygenius (Julien Baker + Phoebe Bridgers + Lucy Dacus) on the again cowl.
That will help you type by way of the multitude of contemporary songs launched within the final week, now we have picked the 12 finest the final seven days needed to supply, together with highlighting different notable new tracks shared within the final week. Take a look at the complete record under.
1. Hatchie: “Undesirable Visitor”
Hatchie is the dream pop undertaking of Australian musician Harriette Pilbeam. Her debut album, Souvenir, was launched immediately by way of Double Double Whammy. You possibly can stream it right here and it was our Album of the Week. Now that the album is out, we will share a few of our favourite album tracks that weren’t pre-release singles (although all of the singles have been both #1 or #2 on our earlier Songs of the Week record). We narrowed it down to 3 tracks: “Secret,” “After I Get Out,” and “Undesirable Visitor,” deciding on the latter as our #1. It is a testomony to the ability of Souvenir, which is able to certainly go down as top-of-the-line debut albums of 2019 and one of many most interesting dream pop albums of the last decade, that there are such a lot of worthy tracks.
Additionally, on Wednesday we posted our rave 8.5/10 evaluation of Souvenir and you may learn that right here.
Beforehand Hatchie shared a video for Souvenir‘s first single, “With out a Blush,” which was our #1 Track of the Week. Then she shared one other tune from the album, danceable breakup tune “Keep With Me,” by way of a video for the monitor. “Keep With Me” was our #2 Track of the Week. Then she shared one other tune from the album, “Obsessed,” by way of a enjoyable video for the monitor that featured footage of Pilbeam and her band on tour in America and elsewhere. “Obsessed” was additionally our #2 Track of the Week.
Again in Could 2018 she launched her debut EP below the Hatchie identify, Sugar & Spice, by way of Double Double Whammy. Regardless of it being an EP, it made it on our High 100 Albums of 2018 record. Pilbeam recorded Souvenir in a house studio in Melbourne. John Citadel, the producer behind Sugar & Spice, as soon as once more collaborated with Pilbeam.
A earlier press launch/bio saying the album highlighted a few of Souvenir‘s tracks. “Her Personal Coronary heart,” for instance, was described as “a radiant jangle-pop gem that places a singular twist on the post-breakup narrative.”
Pilbeam elaborated additional on the tune: “I would seen folks in my life undergo breakups and find yourself with no thought what to do with themselves. I wrote that tune from the perspective of a lady who winds up on her personal and embraces having to determine who she is, who does not let her life get turned upside-down like that.”
“Keep With Me” was described as “Souvenir‘s most totally rhapsodic monitor, all incandescent synth and unstoppable rhythm.”
Pilbeam commented: “At first I assumed I might by no means put that on my album-it felt too dancey and pop, and I figured it might actually shine on another person’s file. However then I spotted: I am the one dictating what my sound is; what I placed on my album is as much as me.”
Of the album title, Pilbeam defined: “I am not a lot of a nostalgic particular person on the subject of reminiscences, however I do tend to carry on to sure issues, like tickets from the primary time I went someplace on vacation. It made sense to me to name the file that, at a time when I will most likely find yourself with loads of keepsakes-and in a means, this complete album is nearly like a souvenir in itself.”
Learn our 2018 interview with Hatchie on Sugar & Spice.
2. Mark Ronson: “True Blue” (Feat. Angel Olsen)
Mark Ronson launched a brand new album, Late Night time Emotions, immediately by way of Sony. The night time earlier than the album’s launch he shared one final pre-release tune from the album, “True Blue,” that options the visitor vocals of Angel Olsen. “True Blue” begins with distorted old-timey vocals from Olsen, however then turns right into a dreamy disco gem.
Olsen had this to say concerning the tune in a press launch: “I wasn’t positive what it will be wish to work with Mark, contemplating we’re each from totally different manufacturing worlds…but it surely was such a enjoyable, natural expertise for me. Severely. He gave me full reign to strive issues out – I even play somewhat guitar on the monitor (not that I am a virtuoso participant or something). On the time I would been listening to loads of darkish disco, particularly Nico’s dance model of ‘Heroes.’ I needed to make one thing darkish like that, but additionally one thing folks might skate to. A real curler rink tune. Listening to the ultimate monitor again was so rewarding for me. I can not say it sufficient. I hope to play it reside! I am excited to listen to the file in its entirety.”
Beforehand Ronson shared Late Night time Emotions‘ title monitor, “Late Night time Emotions,” which options the visitor vocals of Lykke Li and was one in every of our Songs of the Week, in addition to a video for the tune. Then Ronson and Li stopped by the British speak present The Jonathan Ross Present to carry out the tune. Ronson additionally shared “Items of Us” (that includes King Princess) “Do not Go away Me Lonely” (that includes YEBBA), “Discover U Once more” (that includes Camila Cabello), and “Nothing Breaks Like a Damaged Coronary heart” (that includes Miley Cyrus).
Late Night time Emotions is alleged to be Ronson’s album of “unhappy bangers.” Ronson’s final album was 2015’s massively profitable Uptown Particular, which featured the Bruno Mars collaboration “Uptown Funk,” top-of-the-line promoting singles of all time (its video at the moment has 3.5 billion views on YouTube). Since then Ronson additionally teamed up with Diplo to type Silk Metropolis, who launched 4 singles final 12 months, with “Electrical energy” (feat. Dua Lipa) turning into successful.
Learn our 2015 interview with Mark Ronson.
3. Completely Free: “The Infinite Scroll” (Feat. Carl Didur)
Toronto trio Completely Free launched a brand new EP, Geneva Freeport, this week by way of Idée Fixe. Beforehand Completely Free shared the EP’s first single, “Foreign money (Prolonged Combine),” which options U.S. Women (aka Meghan Remy) and was one in every of our Songs of the Week. Then they shared its title monitor “Geneva Freeport,” which was additionally one in every of our Songs of the Week. Now that the EP is out we will share its third and closing tune, “The Infinite Scroll,” which options Carl Didur. The close to 10-minute monitor builds into epic freak-out mode, akin to The Doorways’ “Riders on the Storm.”
Completely Free have not launched an album since their 2014-released self-titled debut album, though final November they launched the one-off single “Nonetheless Life.” The band consists of Moshe Fisher-Rozenberg, Michael Claxton, and Matt King.
4. Devendra Banhart: “Kantori Ongaku”
This week Devendra Banhart introduced a brand new album, Ma, and shared a video for its first single, “Kantori Ongaku.” Ma is due out September 13 by way of Nonesuch. Take a look at the album’s tracklist and canopy artwork (a portray by Banhart), in addition to Banhart’s upcoming tour dates (which have been introduced final month), right here.
Banhart’s final album was 2016’s Ape in Pink Marble. Since then he is stayed busy. In April he launched two books: Vanishing Wave (a e book of his ink drawings impressed by a visit to Japan) and Weeping Gang, Bliss Void, Yab Yum (his first e book of poetry). Plus in March he launched Fragments du Monde Flottant, a group of assorted musicians’ demos that he curated.
Ma started when Banhart and frequent collaborator Noah Georgeson have been invited to file in an outdated temple in Kyoto, Japan, after an Asian tour. The album was then recorded in California at 64 Sound and Sea Horse Studios in Los Angeles and Anderson Canyon in Huge Sur. Cate Le Bon contributes background vocals on “Now All Gone” and former collaborator Vashti Bunyan duets with Banhart on “Will I See You Tonight.”
“Vashti is the archetype of the mom, some of the necessary folks in my life. It was so stunning to sing this duet along with her,” says Banhart in a press launch.
That is how the press launch describes the themes of Ma: “Banhart does not method the album’s maternal theme in a literal means; slightly, by considering it, alluding to it, concerning the idea of motherhood from totally different angles, he has normal an album of a number of, intertwining narratives. Its issues are each private and international, with subtly autobiographical seems at life and demise and ruminations concerning the precarious state of the world. The numerous lighthearted moments of Ma are balanced by deeply melancholic, even somber ones.”
Three of the album’s tracks are sung in Spanish and one is in Portuguese. Banhart spent his childhood in Venezuela and a press launch says his resolution to sing in Spanish was as a result of he “has been profoundly affected by the poverty and despair he is witnessed there.”
“My brother is in Venezuela, my cousins, my aunts and uncles. They’re simply holding their breath, in gridlock standstill,” Banhart elaborates. “There’s this helplessness. This place that has been a mom to you, that you are a mom to as nicely, and it is struggling a lot. There’s nothing you are able to do however ship out love and stay in that sorrowful state.”
Black Belt Eagle Scout is ready to assist lots of the fall tour dates. Banhart has teamed up with PLUS1 for the tour and $1 from each ticket offered within the U.S. (apart from Austin) will go to World Central Kitchen (WCK). A press launch says WCK is “a company based by Chef José Andrés to battle starvation all over the world. WCK has served greater than eight million meals to victims of pure disasters and humanitarian crises, together with Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, California wildfires, Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, and extra. WCK is at the moment responding to the disaster on the Colombia-Venezuelan border and has served greater than 350,000 meals up to now.” Discover out extra on the group right here.
Learn our evaluation of Ape in Pink Marble.
5. Metronomy: “Salted Caramel Ice Cream”
This week Metronomy introduced a brand new album, Metronomy Eternally, and shared a video for a brand new tune from it, “Salted Caramel Ice Cream.” Metronomy Eternally is due out September 13 by way of As a result of Music. It consists of “Recently,” a brand new tune the British band shared by way of a video final month (it was #1 on our Songs of the Week record). Take a look at the album’s tracklist and canopy artwork (by Anne Zeum), in addition to the band’s upcoming tour dates, right here.
Metronomy Eternally is the follow-up to 2016’s Summer season 08. Since then frontman Joseph Mount did manufacturing work on Robyn’s Honey (Robyn appeared on Summer season 08). Mount additionally moved from Paris to the English countryside, which influenced the album.
Mount had this to say about Metronomy Eternally in a press launch: “What occurs is while you’re making music and also you enter a world the place you’ve gotten achieved some type of celeb irrespective of how massive or small you begin to consider your self when it comes to legacy and what you are going to depart behind and you then notice that is restricted to the curiosity folks have in you. In the long run I really feel fully snug with it. The much less significance you place in any artwork the extra attention-grabbing it may turn into in a means…I am making music, I will do some live shows, I have to feed my kids.”
The video for “Recently” was Mount’s directorial debut and he returns behind the digicam for the “Salted Caramel Ice Cream” video.
Mount had this to say concerning the video in a press launch: “Years in the past a pal of mine gave me a VHS tape of the MTV present 120 Minutes. It is one thing I would get him to do now and again as I was a bit obsessive about music TV on the time. On one explicit tape was the video for ‘Sonne’ by Rammstein, I would by no means seen them earlier than and it blew my thoughts. This video is a type of homage to that, however with an added story concerning the gentrification of ice cream parlors.”
Learn our 2016 interview with Metronomy.
6. Hatchie: “Secret”
As we talked about above Hatchie (the dream pop undertaking of Australian musician Harriette Pilbeam) launched her debut album, Souvenir, immediately by way of Double Double Whammy. The album is so good, we could not resist together with our second favourite album monitor (discounting all of the earlier singles that already made our Songs of the Week lists). So right here in your listening pleasure is “Secret.”
7. Luke Temple: “Wounded Brightness”
This week Right here We Go Magic frontman Luke Temple introduced a brand new solo album, Each-And, and shared its first single, “Wounded Brightness.” He additionally introduced some tour dates. Each-And is due out September 13 by way of Native Cat. Take a look at the album’s tracklist and canopy artwork, in addition to the tour dates, right here.
By way of Temple’s solo work, the album is the follow-up to 2016’s A Hand By way of the Cellar Door and 2013’s Good Temper Idiot, each underappreciated works. Each-And was impressed by Temple’s transfer from New York to Northern California’s Marin County.
8. Fats White Household: “Ft” (Parrot and Cocker Too Remix)
England’s Fats White Household launched a brand new album, Serfs Up!, again in April by way of Domino, their first for the label (and third album general). It was our Album of the Week. This week they shared a remix of one in every of its singles, “Ft,” executed by Jarvis Cocker of Pulp alongside DJ Parrot. The remix stretches the tune out to over 9 minutes lengthy. They’ve additionally introduced some new UK tour dates for this November and December (examine them out right here).
When the album was introduced, Fats White Household shared the string-backed “Ft,” which was our #1 Track of the Week. Then they shared one other new monitor, “Tastes Good With the Cash,” by way of a loopy and bloody video directed by fellow musician Róisín Murphy that had a little bit of a Monty Python vibe to it. The tune options Baxter Dury, who additionally appeared within the video. “Tastes Good With the Cash” was additionally one in every of our Songs of the Week. Then simply earlier than the album’s launched they shared one other tune from the album, “After I Go away,” by way of an odd video for the monitor (it was additionally one in every of our Songs of the Week).
Serfs Up is the follow-up to 2016’s Songs For Our Moms and was recorded in Sheffield, England.
9. Sizzling Chip: “Optimistic”
Sizzling Chip launched a brand new album, A Bathtub Stuffed with Ecstasy, immediately by way of Domino. Now that the album is out, we will share one in every of its finest album tracks that wasn’t a pre-release single, “Optimistic.” Our favourite lyric is “We get collectively typically/Speak about how we used to get collectively typically.”
At present we additionally posted our optimistic evaluation of the album and you may learn that right here.
Beforehand they shared a video for its first single, “Hungry Baby” (which was one in every of our Songs of the Week). Then they shared one other tune from it, “Melody of Love,” additionally by way of a video for it (it was additionally one in every of our Songs of the Week).
For A Bathtub Stuffed with Ecstasy, the band (Owen Clarke, Al Doyle, Joe Goddard, Felix Martin, and Alexis Taylor) labored with outdoors producers for the primary time: France’s Philippe Zdar of Cassius (who alas simply tragically handed away) and Scotland’s Rodaidh McDonald. The album was recorded in Paris and London. Turner-prize profitable artist Jeremy Deller and Fraser Muggeridge Studio created the album’s art work. The album is the follow-up to 2015’s Why Make Sense?, though in 2018 founding member/lead vocalist Alexis Taylor launched a brand new solo album, Stunning Factor, additionally by way of Domino.
10. Chelsea Wolfe: “The Mom Street”
This week Chelsea Wolfe introduced a brand new album, The Beginning of Violence, and shared its first single, “The Mom Street.” She additionally introduced some acoustic tour dates for this fall. The Beginning of Violence is due out September 13 by way of Sargent Home. Take a look at the album’s tracklist and canopy artwork, in addition to the tour dates, right here.
The Beginning of Violence is the follow-up to 2017’s Hiss Spun. It was recorded with longtime musical collaborator Ben Chisholm and options Jess Gowrie (drums) and Ezra Buchla (viola).
Wolfe had this to say concerning the album in a press launch: “I have been in a state of fixed movement for the previous eight years or so; touring, shifting, enjoying new levels, exploring new locations and assembly new people-an unimaginable time of studying and rising as a musician and performer. However after awhile, I used to be starting to lose part of myself. I wanted to take a while away from the street to get my head straight, to be taught to take higher care of myself, and to jot down and file as a lot as I can whereas I’ve ‘Mercury in my fingers,’ as a clever pal put it.”
The press launch describes the album as such: “Beginning of Violence touches upon custom, but it surely additionally exists within the current, addressing trendy tragedies comparable to faculty shootings and the poisoning of the planet. However the file is at its most poignant when Wolfe withdraws into her personal world of enigmatic and elusive autobiography. The songs describe an inside awakening of female power, a connection to the maternal spirit of the Earth, and a defiant stance towards the harmful and controlling forces of a grasping and hostile patriarchy. Although the lyrical trivialities stay secret, the general energy of the language and supply is sure to hang-out the listener with each its grace and stress. In step with the final method of the album, it thrives by culling from the acquainted language of American nation and people music whereas setting it inside longtime musical collaborator Ben Chisholm’s scenic soundscapes.”
The press launch provides: “Whereas it is tempting to attract a comparability to Wolfe’s acoustic assortment Unknown Rooms, Beginning of Violence is a far cry from the unplugged nature of that album. As a substitute, it seems like an exploration of one in every of Wolfe’s strongest facets-her ties to the American singer/songwriter custom.”
Learn our 2015 The Finish interview with Wolfe about endings and demise.
11. Spoon: “No Bullets Spent”
Spoon have a spectacular monitor file for making one nice album after one other, a lot in order that we most likely take them as a right. Now they’re giving us an opportunity to re-evaluate their finest songs and are releasing their first best hits file, Every little thing Hits At As soon as: The Better of Spoon, on July 26 by way of Matador. The 13- song compilation was introduced this week and ends with a model new tune, “No Bullets Spent,” that the band has shared this week by way of a lyric video. As is the case with many a brand new tune tacked onto a Greatest Of compilation, it is not precisely their most interesting tune, but it surely’s a stable addition to their improbable catalog.
Take a look at the album’s tracklist and canopy artwork right here. There are two album covers, a digital one that includes a tambourine and a bodily one that includes a black & white picture of a frontman Britt Daniel, out of focus. Take a look at the band’s upcoming tour dates right here.
“No Bullets Spent” can also be being launched as a restricted version 7-inch. The B-side can be “Shake It Off,” a rarity from the A Sequence of Sneaks period. The band’s final album was Sizzling Ideas, launched in 2017 by way of Matador.
“The concept of doing a best-of got here to us a pair instances,” says Daniel in a press launch. “First I wasn’t positive how I felt about it however at some level I remembered that once I obtained my first Treatment file it was Standing on a Seashore. After I obtained my first New Order file, it was Substance. That was how I met these bands, and I moved backwards from there however I nonetheless take heed to these comps. I really like a best hits LP when it is executed nicely. It may be a factor unto itself.”
Within the press launch Daniel admits it was difficult narrowing down the band’s finest songs to at least one better of album. “Actually, it was a wrestle,” he says. “I used to be listening to the outdated information and jotting down the songs-if you wanna flip the amount up, that is a very good signal. The record actually obtained whittled down, so these are one of the best. ‘I Summon You’ was by no means an enormous tune, wasn’t for the radio, but it surely needed to be on there. It is top-of-the-line issues we have executed. I needed to symbolize Transference, although it is not likely a ‘hit’ kind of album-‘Received Nuffin’ was the closest factor. It did get to some extent the place I began feeling like, ‘We gotta symbolize this album not directly, we have gotta symbolize this alteration not directly.’ ‘Every little thing Hits at As soon as’ was a turning level for us-a minimal new wave soul kind of rock tune.'”
Summing up the album, Daniel says: “It is a small assortment attempting to cowl loads of years, however I hope it does what The Singles file by the Pretenders or Sizzling Rocks [by The Rolling Stones] did for me-cover loads of floor after which if you wish to discover out extra, you’ll find out extra.”
12. Editors: “Frankenstein”
This week British five-piece Editors shared a brand new tune, “Frankenstein,” by way of a video for the monitor. Jacknife Lee produced the dancefloor-ready monitor and Greg Ohrel directed the cinematic video. Proper now it is a standalone single on Play It Once more Sam. The video actually sells the tune. Would we prefer it fairly as a lot with out the visuals? It is exhausting to say.
In a press launch frontman Tom Smith describes “Frankenstein” as “a tune of pleasure and escapism – a cartoon tune for the freaks, the totally different and for the night time.”
Ohrel had this to say concerning the video: “We have been so fortunate to work with Editors on this. They have been supportive all through, with a loopy thought like this it solely works in case you go 100% they usually made that occur. That is about fan obsession the place we have turned the acute into the ridiculous!”
Editors’ final common album, Violence, was launched again in March 2018 by way of Play It Once more Sam. Though this April (on File Retailer Day) they launched The Blanck Mass Classes, a brand new, extra digital, model of Violence that includes the unique manufacturing work on the songs executed by Blanck Mass (aka Benjamin John Energy of Fuck Buttons). We beforehand posted its first single, the brand new tune “Barricades,” by way of a video for the monitor.
Learn our interview with Editors’ Tom Smith on Violence.
These 9 songs virtually made the High 10, with Caroline Polachek and Steve Gunn’s “Shrunken Heads” coming closest.
Amason: “Marry Me Simply For Enjoyable”
Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Bryce Dessner, and Eighth Blackbird: “Beast For Thee”
Frankie Cosmos: “Home windows”
Steve Gunn: “Be Nonetheless Moon” and “Shrunken Heads”
Hatchie: “After I Get Out”
Caroline Polachek: “Door”
Mark Ronson: “Items of Us” (Feat. King Princess)
Different notable new tracks within the final week embrace:
!!!: “Serbia Drums”
Julien Baker: “The Fashionable Leper” (Frightened Rabbit Cowl)
Biffy Clyro: “The Fashionable Leper” (Frightened Rabbit Cowl)
Blink-182: “Generational Divide”
Alex Cameron: “Divorce”
Floating Factors: “LesAlpx”
The Maintain Regular: “Denver Haircut”
Home of Emotions: “401Okay” (Feat. Kip Berman)
Lil Nas X: “Panini”
Luna: “The Oort Cloud/Kuiper Belt”
Model Pussy: “Cream”
Migos: “Stripper Bowl”
Nicki Minaj: “Megatron”
Sheer Magazine: “Blood From a Stone”
Snail Mail: “Pristine” (Simlish Model)
Trentemøller: “Within the Backyard”
Noël Wells: “Unhappy Lady Blues”
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