Sound Board: The Week’s Best Tracks

Our picks for the best tracks out there for the week of May 4–8, 2015. Headphone-tested, FLOOD-approved.

Instead of flowers, the first week of May seems to be full of new tracks from confident and inspired solo artists (Giorgio Moroder, Ducktails, Moses Sumney, BEA1991, Mutual Benefit). Hey, we’re not complaining.

Check them all out below.


Ducktails, “Headbanging in the Mirror”

Matt Mondanile, who is perhaps best known as the guitarist for the New Jersey mellow-rockers Real Estate, has announced a new album under his solo moniker Ducktails called St. Catherine, which set for a July 24 release. As a taster for his newest work, Mondanile has shared the new single “Headbanging In The Mirror,” a characteristically easygoing cut of baroque pop with that features experimental electronic artist James Ferraro.

Giorgio Moroder, “Deja Vu”

Disco is back in the best possible way. Electronica legend Giorgio Moroder’s first new album in over thirty years is almost here, and following the slow reveal that the Italian maestro still has it with the tracks “74 Is the New 24” and “Right Here, Right Now,” this week saw the arrival of the music video for the Sia-featuring track “Déjà vu.” Her strange, yet soulful, voice perfectly melds with Moroder’s signature bass and synth lines.

Moses Sumney, “Seeds”

The hushed and delicate sound of Moses Sumney‘s brand-new single “Seeds” is something that is often attempted by artists, but never as successful as he is here. The Los Angeles singer-songwriter layers folky finger-picked guitar, raspy falsetto vocals, and experimental production together to create a haunting soundscape that rattles around your brain long after the song has ended.

BEA1991, “Candid Breaks the Strain”

Echoey and sultry vocals float on top of a complex beat within Dutch singer BEA1991‘s silky track “Candid Breaks the Strain.” Along with the new track and video, BEA has also released an EP of unreleased material for free on her website. And, it seems like we might be hearing lots more from her soon.

Mutual Benefit, “Not For Nothing”

Jordan Lee, who makes music under the moniker Mutual Benefit, has shared a new song as part of Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through, a documentary series about the process behind songwriting and recording. “Not For Nothing” is a soft, soulful track that channels the delicate vocals of Bright Eyes and the lush folk stylings of Great Lake Swimmers.


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