Sound Board: The Week’s Best Tracks
Our picks for the best tracks out there for the week of April 27–May 1, 2015. Headphone-tested, FLOOD-approved.
And just like that, April has come and gone. Thankfully, we get to send the month (apparently “full of showers,” but California probably wouldn’t agree) off with a good haul of brand-new bangers including top tracks from upcoming releases (Daughn Gibson, Talk in Tongues, Tamaryn, The Helio Sequence, Two Sheds) and one performance-worthy stand-alone single (Future Islands).
Check them all out below.
Last March, one of the most memorable performances in recent years went down when Future Islands stopped by to play their insta-classic “Seasons (Waiting On You),” with frontman Samuel T. Herring tearing the joint up, much to the delight of Dave and the Internet at large. As part of the final set of musical guests compiled by special invite only, Future Islands returned to the Ed Sullivan Theater last night to premiere the A-side of a fantastic new single, “The Chase,” which was introduced by a dedication to the people of Baltimore, where the group is based, and appropriately accompanied by a little help from Paul Shaffer, Felicia Collins, and Will Lee.
The track is off of Tamaryn‘s upcoming record, Cranekiss, for which she’s welcomed Weekend‘s Shaun Durkan into the studio, in addition to the well-tested talents of producer Jorge Elbrecht. The intoxicating result is a bigger landscape, but not any less intimate or affecting.
Two Sheds, “I Am My Own”
A steady beat, audible hand claps, distorted guitars, and angelic harmonies make up “I Am My Own,” Two Sheds‘ recently dropped track from Assembling. The track is short and sweet—clocking in at almost two minutes exactly—with a message of internal empowerment.
The first moments of Talk in Tongues‘ brand-new track “Always All The Time” only feature a simple drum machine beat with ominous droning surrounding it. After those initial temporal seconds have passed (thirteen seconds, to be exact), the song explodes with steady synths, echoey falsettos, fuzzed-drenched guitars, and a sultry bass line—a wave of sonic sunshine that washes over you.
Along with the announcement that Titus Andronicus‘s brand-new 3-LP rock opera The Most Lamentable Tragedy will be the band’s Merge debut comes the record’s first single, “Dimed Out,” a string-complimented, passionately delivered anthem that has Patrick Stickles’s signature blood-letting proclamations emptied out in breathless measure.
Daughn Gibson, “It Wants Everything”
After the upbeat first single “Shatter You Through,” this week, Daughn Gibson released another track from upcoming album Carnation—the sinister “It Wants Everything.” Gibson’s voluptuous voice blends seamlessly with a strong, thumping bass line and an expertly used finger snap, it’s like the soundtrack for a new ultra-cool spy movie.
Off the bat, the “helio” prefix is appropriate when applied in music alone to The Helio Sequence, especially with regards to “Upward Mobility.” The track, which just got a colorful music video, finds The Helio Sequence off to a good start with shimmering guitar riffs and a driving beat (along with the first single, “Stoic Resemblance”) ahead of their upcoming self-titled album—the group’s sixth full-length.