Welcome folks to this weeks A List! Get ready to dance, cry, and sing to our top 10 tracks from this week that we love so dearly.
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#10 "kisses" - Slowdive
Are you ready for number ten? I don't think you are. One of the reigning kings of shoegaze, Slowdive, released their album everything is alive, their first one since 2017. This track is dreamy, ethereal, and so very majestic.
#9 "Flexorcist" - The Voidz
Is there anything Julian Casablancas can't do? This recent single by The Voidz shows their genre experimentation. "Flexorcist" is funky, with synths, dissonant vocals, and an 80's beat in the background. We're hoping this means an album release will come soon... stay tuned!
#8 "The Answer" - Johnny Marr
Johnny Marr's newest album is out - and we are obsessed. The former Smith's guitarist has a loud and powerful rock sound. The 60 year-old has great vocals and
a confident songwriting style. Marr said "I’ve played a lot of arenas over the years, and in terms of songwriting, there’s nowhere to hide...for a song to work, it has to be a banger." Well, this one certainly is a hit.
#7 "Final Summer" - Cloud Nothings
Number seven, and we're in heaven!! This Cleveland based punk band, Cloud Nothings, has been on our radar for a while now. They've got infectious energy, a loud sound, and punchy lyrics. This is their first track with Pure Noise Records, and we love it.
I have some thoughts
I have some dreams
but I need to be happy
with what I've got for me
#6 "Now And Then" - The Beatles
We didn't think we would ever see a new Beatles song on our A List in 2023. Through the power of AI, Ringo Starr and Paul Mccartney were able to mix old recordings of George Harrison playing guitar and John Lennon's voice to create one final song. Listening to this one really pulls on your heart strings. The magic that the four of them created will last throughout generations, and to listen to just one more Beatles song is a privilege.
#5 "Wendy" - Bad Veins
Back on our top 10 since taking a quick break last week is one, the only, Bad Veins. We have been spinning this one non-stop because it is so. catchy!! The music video is also a good watch, with a lovey story and an aesthetic VHS vibe.
#4 "Forced Perspective" - Dazy
Need a easy-going indie pop anthem? Look no further. "Forced Perspective" by Dazy has warm guitar tone, catchy chorus, and fluid vocals. Dazy is definitely someone to keep on your radar.
Dazy will be performing in Columbus with Angel Du$t on December 5th - two of our favorites!!
#3 "The Tower" – Future Islands
Our hearts can't take it anymore, Future Islands needs to stop being so good! No, seriously, this one cuts deep. Speaking of emotional, lead singer Samuel Herring starred in the Apple TV series The Challenging and now is back in full force with Future Islands. According to Jonathan van Tulleken, director of their music video, "Anyone who’s seen Sam on stage shape shift with his whole body and voice from heart wrenchingly tender to fantastically ferocious knows that he is a truly, magnetic, performer."
#2 "Mother Nature" - MGMT
O.M.G. number two already?! "Kids" band MGMT is back with another single and an announcement for a new album, Loss of Life. This single is optimistic, accepting, and light-hearted.
Now I understand Mother Nature
Watch me running head-first into the thorns
It’s like the lights are off but somebody’s home
#1 "Dream Job" - Yard Act
Welcome tooo number one!! Who better to celebrate than Yard Act? We know you guys loved their song "The Trench Coat Museum," and this one is just as funky. "Dream Job" has fun background vocals, syncopated drums, and a groovy bassline. This single is also just generally produced incredibly well.
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