Your first listen: 15 songs to discover this week

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It’s time to Your first listenwhere we show you the songs you need to check out this week!

This Indie88 feature is presented with Radio Bay Bloor.

Each week we feature five standout songs you need to hear on Your First Listen on air. In case you miss them on air, you can catch up on the weekly tracks here. Your First Listen airs daily on Indie88 starting at 10 a.m.

Online, we’re expanding the list with a few more tracks. This week we got some amazing fresh cuts from Gorillaz and Thundercat, Tame Impala, Kacey Musgraves, and more.

Check out 15 songs you need to check out this week below.

Gorillaz, Thundercat – “Cracker Island”

Beloved virtual band Gorillaz have collaborated with Thundercat on a new single titled “Cracker Island”. The track marks Gorillaz’s first new music since releasing last year. Meanwhile PE. “Cracker Island” sees Thundercat deliver stunning basslines, making for a funky anthem. The track was co-produced by Greg Kurstin and Remi Kabaka Jr. explains D.

Kacey Musgraves – “I Can’t Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley Cover)”

Kacey Musgraves shared a cover of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love”. The track is from the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic, Elvis. In addition to Musgraves’ cover, the collection is expected to feature Elvis samples and redesigns by Doja Cat, Diplo and Swae Lee, and Eminem and CeeLo Green. Unlike the other tracks, this cover of “Can’t Help Falling In Love” is an elegant and smooth ballad on the piano. Musgraves’ rendition is fairly stripped down, with soulful touches, reverb-heavy vocals and atmospheric melodies. This version of the intimate classic sounds like a devastating breakup melody, unlike the heartfelt original.

Elvis Presley – “Edge of Reality (Tame Impala Remix)”

Tame Impala has released a new remix of Elvis Presley’s “Edge Of Reality”. The rendition of the 1968 tune also comes from the soundtrack of Baz Luhrmann’s new biopic. Tame Impala’s remix sees Kevin Parker add his distinctive psychedelic tinge to the melody. Throughout the song, Parker mixes his voice with that of Elvis, which gives a fairly modern touch to the melody. Opening with pulsating keys and a driven acoustic guitar riff, the track eventually explodes into a swirling, soaring anthem. Psychedelic melodies offer new meaning to the lyrics, as Parker and Elvis deliver lines such as “Here’s where life’s dream is wry / The edge of reality.”

Alex G – “Runner”

Alex G has shared a video for his new single, “Runner.” The track comes to celebrate the announcement of his new album, god save the animals, out September 23 via Domino. It’s a pretty dreamy and bright new track compared to her moody last single, “Blessing.” With bright, airy guitars and smooth vocals, this track is sure to have you dancing. Directed by Aldo Fisk, the accompanying video features Alex G alongside bandmates Sam Acchione, Molly Germer, John Heywood and Tom Kelly. Together, they play to the beat in bright backdrops under a misty fog machine.

Sylvan Esso – “Your Reality”

Sylvan Esso has shared a new single called “Your Reality”. The surreal track sees Sylvan Esso open a door to their new chapter. While their first three albums formed a trilogy now complete, “Your Reality” is their entry into a new era. With strings by Gabriel Kahane and drums by TJ Maiani, the track revolves around layers and layers of complex instrumentation. Lyrically, band member Amelia Meath asks, “Were there rules originally, or are we learning to be?” before the backing vocals respond, “No rules.”

Kiwi Jr – “Indescribable Things”

Kiwi Jr. has shared a video for his new single, “Unspeakable Things.” The title comes from their upcoming album, Chopper, which will be released on August 12. “Unspeakable Things” is a fun and raunchy indie punk anthem. Directed by Morgan Waters, the accompanying video shows Kiwi Jr. wearing Friday 13style masks. The clip also features cover-ups from TSN’s Jay Onrait, Fucked Up’s Jonah, Tom Henry and Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll. “People are always trying to connect to my email,” says Jeremy Gaudet. “What do they think they’ll find?” The public’s appetite for dirty laundry is crazy. Moving the world online hasn’t helped. Dan Boeckner came up with the idea of ​​using the Moog sound for the hook, which was originally on guitar, and that sound takes the song into a kind of new-wave territory that was fun and different for us.

Wolf Alice – “I Feel (Lullaby Version)”

Wolf Alice shared a “Lullaby Version” of “Feeling Myself” from their upcoming EP, blue lullabyout this Friday June 24th via Dirty Hit/RCA. blue lullaby is made up of simplified new editions of four tracks from 2021’s Blue Weekend. great soft vocal lines.

Tim Baker – “Someday”

Former Hey Rosetta! Frontman Tim Baker has shared a video for a new single, “Some Day.” The new summer song revolves around brilliant piano, dreamy horns and stunning harmonies. It’s certainly a more upbeat and sunny song than most of Baker’s later releases, as he delivers lines like “Some day/ I’ll get/ Out of my own way baby/ Out under the morning breaking”. “As a living human being, I’ve always enjoyed upbeat pop remixes full of heartfelt lyrics and playful counter-melodies,” says Baker. “The ‘song’ sort of fell through – one of those easy writing that rushes through and only needs light editing. As soon as I played it with my friends Ben Whiteley and Phil Melanson, and we got into that shuffle, and they mourned those falsetto backups over there in Ben’s garage, I couldn’t wait to play it. record this and broadcast it to the world.

Lowell – “Hamptons Town Cowboy”

Lowell is back with another new single, “Hamptons City Cowboy.” The new track sees Lowell trade his 60s-influenced sound for a more upbeat anthem with pop sensibilities. Revolving around shimmering, shimmering keys and wailing guitar lines, Lowell’s raspy vocals take on an eerie tinge. Lyrically, “Hamptons City Cowboy” is about what it’s like to find someone at the start of a relationship. “I wrote this song about lighthearted love, the early stages of a relationship when everything is still a mystery,” Lowell explains. “Unlike some of my other more introspective songs, it’s really just a fun and flirty Friday night.”

Ronboy – “Always”

Julia Laws has shared a new single as Ronboy titled “Always”. Co-produced with Samuel Stewart, the haunting tune features heart-pounding percussion, atmospheric instrumentals, and a groove-driven beat. With voices that rival those of Charlotte Day Wilson, this new track from Ronboy is sure to thrill you. On “Always,” the melodies grow and twist until they reach explosive, textured instrumentation with layers and layers of captivating instrumentals. Lyrically, Ronboy delivers lines like, “I’ve had a long day / You’ll only tell me your way / Then I’ll clean up after you / You might not cry in private / But you’ll cry in public / And I’m always cleaning up after you.

The War on Drugs – “Change”

War on Drugs’ six-minute single “Change” was the latest preview of their recent album. I don’t live here anymore. The track shows how difficult it can be to move forward and make changes. Throughout the track, frontman Adam Granduciel sings lines like, “There’s so many ways/ Our love could make it/ But it’s so hard to make the change.”

Beabadoobee – “Talking”

British artist beabadoobee has shared a video for his new single “Talk”. The track is from beabadoobee’s newly announced album, beatopia, out July 15 via Dirty Hit. “Talk” is a gritty early years anthem. With distorted guitars and catchy, bubbly vocals, “Talk” is about doing things you know are bad for you. Directed by Alexandra Leese and Luke Casey, the accompanying video shows beabadoobee performing in front of a crowd in an all-white venue. “I wrote ‘Talk’ right after my first album,” explains beabadoobee. “I was obsessed with Tuesday because I thought it was the best night to go out, not too much chaos but just enough to have a good time. Usually it’s about doing things that aren’t necessarily healthy or good for you, but you can’t help but let go. It’s like this inevitable feeling that you have. You can’t get rid of it, and you know it’s bad, but you love it. really, and that’s bullshit, so you do it anyway.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – “I’m On Your Side”

“I’m On Your Side” by Nathaniel Rateliff is a standout track from his latest album, The future. The future was recorded in frontman Nathaniel Rateliff’s Colorado studio where they wanted to shed light on various sightings and reflect on the current times. In a press release, Rateliff revealed:

“I consider the album as a whole to be a big question. When I was writing the record, we were in the middle of a pandemic and our future looked pretty bleak. I just keep trying to write from a place of hope. Then my own neurosis, and maybe being a Libra bothers me, and I can’t make up my mind. There’s this constant battle back and forth inside me personally. and I’m sure that comes from my writing.

Matt Maeson – “Blood Runs Red”

Matt Maeson is back with a new song called “Blood Runs Red”. “‘Blood Runs Red’ is a song about being a successful artist and the narcissistic tendencies that come with it,” Maeson explains. “I toured for three years in a row and got a lot of validations, but when it ends and you go home, you’re back with yourself and who you’ve become as everyone around you has remained the same.”

Housewife – “Patrick Bateman”

Toronto duo Housewife (fka Moscow Apartment) are back with the first single under their new name, “Patrick Batemen”. The new pop-rock track is about romanticizing evil. Lyrically, the anthem anthem is all about anti-capitalism. “The ultra-capitalist commercial imagery kicked in once we started writing the song,” says Housewife. “We wanted to tell the story of someone who is a ‘bad actor’ and hides parts of himself to please others, but his true intentions are slowly revealed.”

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