Sound Board: The Week’s Best Tracks
Our picks for the best tracks out there for the week of April 6–10, 2015. Headphone-tested, FLOOD-approved.
In preparation for our long trip to the desert for Coachella, this week we were greeted with excellent tracks from some of our most anticipated releases (Tame Impala, Florence + The Machine, Bully) and were surprised and welcomed some old favorites back into our lives (Desaparecidos, TV on the Radio).
Check them all out below.
After the seven-and-a-half-minute psychy jam fest of “Let It Happen” last month, Kevin Parker has cut both the time and mood in half with the newest single from Tame Impala‘s highly anticipated new record. The new track, “‘Cause I’m A Man,” is notably a more straightforward, ballad-like song from the Australian project, with Parker making amends for his behavior with the simple admittance, “‘Cause I’m a man, woman / Don’t always think before I do / It’s the only answer I got for you.” As with the previous single, this one was written, performed, recorded, produced, and mixed by Parker in Fremantle, Western Australia.
After signing to Epitaph at the beginning of this year, Desaparecidos is ready to hit the ground running again with a new album, tour dates, and a brand-new track that debuted this morning. “City on the Hill,” our first real glimpse of what Payola—the band’s follow up to its only full-length, Read Music/Speak Spanish—will sound like, is an instant burst of angst-filled energy with an appropriate amount of nostalgia. A driving beat with commanding power chords and a touch of synth flawlessly prep listeners for Oberst’s unique voice above it all, sing-screaming self-aware lyrics like “Have to relocate the past / Because we’re never going back.”
The first track from Bully‘s upcoming release, “I Remember,” caught a lot of deserved attention, and set the stage for the Stereogum-premiered second single, “Trying,” a somewhat more subdued (but no less raucously flooring) track that shows off Bognonno’s impressive production chops.
TV on the Radio, “Trouble”
Earlier this week, TV on the Radio reminded us how powerful Seeds was by releasing the official music video for “Trouble.” The 2014 track features lead singer Tunde Adebimpe belting out the optimistic, yet pained lyrics above a swell of upbeat jangly guitars—a touching outpouring of creativity after the tragedy that the group has been through.
Florence + The Machine, “Ship To Wreck”
Florence Welch has given us little tastes of her new album How Big How Blue How Beautiful (out June 2) over the last two months, but on Wednesday she dropped the full audio of Florence + The Machine‘s latest track, “Ship To Wreck.” The song is an upbeat and emotional jaunt that showcases her powerhouse pipes. Of the track, Welch says “I was thinking about my own self destructive side, and how you can make something only to tear it down, enjoy/destroy, create/devastate etc. When you’re in that whirlwind, you often end up breaking the thing you love the most.”