The top mp3s have gone through many incarnations since the beginning of Consequence of Sound in 2007. What used to be an exhaustive roundup of all the singles, remixes, covers, and undiscovered gems emailed to us any given week evolved into a compilation whittled down to our 10 favorite new songs. For 2013, we’re again changing up the format with the hope of giving our selections some added weight. We’re still posting about our 10 favorite songs, but they’ll be ordered in quality from 10-1. Who takes home #1 this week? You’ll have to click ‘Next’ to find out.
10. Screaming Females – “Poison Arrow”
The Screaming Females had to cancel a bunch of tour dates due to frontwoman Marissa Paternoster catching a case of mononucleosis. Luckily, she’s not sounding too sick anymore, as evidenced by her throaty delivery throughout “Poison Arrow”. This kraut-y growler was recorded for Chalk Tape, a cassette-only collection for Don Giovanni Records’ 10th Anniversary Showcase at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in NYC on February 9th. More of a slow-burner than the barbed jams on last year’s Ugly, “Poison Arrow” hinges on Jarrett Dougherty and King Mike’s cranking rhythm section and some seriously cataclysmic imagery. -Adam Kivel