As we’ve officially entered “Deep Fall,” with the days gloomily short and the weather calling for burdensome winter jackets, there’s always the creep of seasonal melancholy. Fortunately, this week’s batch of songs is equal parts beautiful and cathartic. With mesmerizing numbers from Sophie Jamieson and The Amazing taking us to a better place while new tracks from Screaming Females and Kal Marks appeal to our newfound angst, these songs will make you forget about the cold. And, hopefully, they’ll make you smell the approaching Thanksgiving dinner a week early.
10. The Amazing – “Picture You”
The new album from The Amazing won’t be out until February, but they shared a hefty slice of it this week in the form of its nine-minute title track. “Picture You” is more of a suite than a song in the traditional sense; it bends and curves with layered guitar lines and cresting drumbeats, breaking from a loose Midlake tease-out into a creepy post-rock romp right around its midway point. The Amazing treat guitars like weather, conjuring a wide spectrum of moods with just a few tonal variations. In the end, the instrumental half of “Picture You” ends up feeling more emotional than the part with lyrics. Sometimes you say all you need to in the way you bend a few strings. –Sasha Geffen