Essential Sunday Listening: Best Tracks of the Week
We’re all busy people, we understand that, but that doesn’t mean you should be missing out on the essential tracks of last week. So for those who are sonically greedy but time poor, here’s all the songs you should have heard this week.
Sunflower Bean – ‘TwentyTwo’
The track sees the band, and especially lead vocalist Julia Cumming, channel their inner Fleetwood Mac for a glam-folk that’s gorgeous and lush while feeling fragile in places. Even paraphrasing some Dylan Thomas poetry for extra poignancy.
It’s a truly beautiful number and sees Sunflower Bean grow from their former anarchic roots to find a common thread among us all. If it’s an evolution seen on the album we’ll all be very happy little beans indeed.
Take a listen below.
Car Seat Headrest – ‘Fallen Horses’ (Smash Mouth Cover)
Last week, Car Seat Headrest and Smash Mouth premiered their respective covers of each other’s work on SiriusXMU. Smash Mouth did a rendition of the Teens of Style track ‘Something Soon,’ while CSH took on ‘Fallen Horses’ from 1999’s Astro Lounge.
Now CSH have shared their version for you all to enjoy in your own time. The brilliant version is what covers should be, an interpretation of a classic track by a different artist and Toledo and Co. really make the song their own.
Sorry – ‘2 Down 2 Dance’
On first glance at the title you might expect the latest track from recent Domino signees Sorry to be some kind of cool-kid r&b throwback, hailing that “No, I can’t dance with because frankly I am just too (2) down with the kids to be dancing”. Instead, it’s a guttural grunge-pop track about depression and cliches.
It’s a brilliant release from the band who will be going on tour with Sunflower Bean at the end of next month. It has enough power to push through the doldrums but still a soft edge to access the song’s primary content matter.
Father John Misty – ‘Mr Tillman’
The track is closely related to Tillman’s other work, least of all because of it’s subject matter, but more closely because of the layered and texturally lush sound FJM employs whenever possible. ‘Mr Tillman’ revolves around a singular image of Josh Tillman (AKA FJM) in a multitude of hotel lobbies having his mental and physical health judged and joked about while he muses the wonder and cosmic grace of the downtown area.
It’s another irreverent iteration of Father John Misty, always keen to point the gun towards his own identity, as he and the band provide a tropically plush and metered musical experience all while mocking and humiliating his own mental ability and social standing.
One of the most enjoyable touchpoints of the track is the curious way that the sonic experience of the song is so closely linked with the interior of a hotel. Luxurious and comfortable while hiding a solid truth, namely in this instance the ridiculousness of the ‘Mr Tillman’ character, it feels thick and chunky but ultimately cheap and tacky as ever.
It’s another gem from FJM who continues to move his music in the only way he knows how, with his tongue firmly in his cheek and his finger on the pulse.
Josh T. Pearson – ‘Straight At Me’
Though he’s been a recording artist for over two decades now, and has been writing songs for thirty years, The Straight Hits! is only Pearson’s second solo album, and follows his acclaimed debut, 2011’s Last Of The Country Gentlemen and 2001’s The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads by Lift To Experience.
Lately, the Texan gentleman has been motivated by a desire to share more Josh T. Pearson music with the world, before it’s too late: “In the last years I learned to dance, take drugs, make love… choose life” he said.
Courtney Barnett – ‘Nameless, Faceless’
The track is a masterclass in why we all love Courtney Barnett. Expert lyricism layered over a tasty selection of folk driven chords and the odd beefed riff for good measure, all of which come together to create something a little bit above your average indie tune.
The simplest way to see this is in the addition of some brilliant Margaret Atwood quotes to a track which resides around the phenomenon of internet trolls. She muses “he said I could eat a bowl of alphabet soup and spit out words better than you/ But you didn’t and you’re kidding yourself if you think that” then adding Atwood’s “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” in to the refrain.
This is the kind of lyricism we’ve been waiting to come back! Enjoy below
Our Girl – ‘Our Girl’
The new single is produced by Far Out favourite Bill Ryder-Jones formerly of The Coral who brings over the fuzzy hooks which were plentiful on the Merseyside man’s last record West Kirby County Primary which shine through on ‘Our Girl’.
Soph Nathan from the band told DIY more about the song, she said: “Our Girl was the first song I ever wrote, the first song we played together, and the first demo we ever recorded and shared with people. We ended up naming the band after it! So this song feels like the perfect re-introduction to everything we’ve got coming.”