Discovery and rediscovery coat this week’s MP3 countdown with some new, shiny gloss. Whether it’s the vocal glam of Mac DeMarco, aggressive rock drive of TV on the Radio, or impressive debuts from Nathan Salsburg and Die Mason Die, it’s easy to walk away with some new favorites. Kick back with your morning/afternoon joe and open your ears to some new sounds.
10. Braids – “Hossak”
Braids’ most recent unveiling is a short-and-sweet mystery that bewilders your sense of comfort. Raphaelle Standelle-Preston’s airy vocals draw a simple child’s tale, serving as an interesting contradiction against the nightmare manifesting in the background. The outfit exhibit flourishing percussion loops and vocal manipulation that wind the track’s foundation far enough for it to spin into space, exactly where it belongs. Braids’ sophomore effort, Flourish//Perish, will cloud earbuds everywhere on August 20th.–Sam Willett