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Emily Reo, Cloud Nothings, and Priests Headline Our Top Songs of the Week (10/14)

on October 14, 2016, 11:00am
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So, this week we learned that Britain’s new five-pound note can be used to play vinyl records. That’s pretty cool and all, but if you wind the tape from inside an eight-track around a Sacagawea dollar coin … well, I don’t know if it would play exactly, but it would sure be art … about commerce and modernity … or something. But while we figure out how exactly we can go about using other forms of currency to listen to tunes, you can grab 10 new tracks below, and you won’t even need any cash to play them!


10. Dowager – “Sleep Paralysis”

dowager sleep paralysis Emily Reo, Cloud Nothings, and Priests Headline Our Top Songs of the Week (10/14)

For a long time, I’ve wanted to start a band just to call a record Please Don’t Put This in Italics. While not messing with editors quite the same way, Portland post-hardcore outfit Dowager have called their new EP Title Track, which could have set us up to have to write “The best song is Title Track‘s title track, ‘Title Track’.” But luckily there’s no such song, and instead we’re writing about the explosive “Sleep Paralysis”. Benardo Relampagos howls out over the darting and diving guitars, which sit somewhere in the middle of Dillinger Escape Plan and American Football. Title Track drops November 25th via Standard Brickhouse/Really Rad Records. –Adam Kivel


09. Sacred Paws – “Everyday”

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In 2016, a rhythm built on handclaps can be a tough sell. But then, the sunny “Everyday” from Sacred Paws will brush away any and all clap-related cynicism you might have and get your shoulders-a-shimmying. When the London/Glasgow duo of Rachel Aggs (also of Shopping and Trash Kit) and Eilidh Rogers get to the harmony-trilled guitar solo near the song’s end, you won’t be able to wipe the grin off your face. “I will always love you/ I’ve been thinking of you,” they sing, a last taste of sunny sweetness before the winter falls. –Adam Kivel


08. Boogie – “Two Days”

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Though Boogie only released his debut mixtape Thirst 48 about four months ago, the Westside rapper already has the followup just about ready to hit. And “Two Days” works as a perfect sample, Boogie once again going in detail on the politics of social media and the instant gratification age. “I see you unfollow me, got your ratio poppin/ You know I been lurking, you been erasing my comments/ You know I got that app, you better know I had your back/ Don’t be no lady in the streets and then a thottie on the Snap,” he drops over pitch-shifted choral samples, funky synth, and 808s. Thirst 48 Part II drops this weekend. –Adam Kivel


07. Tredici Bacci feat. Jennifer Charles – “Drowned”


Simon Hanes may be the weirdest, smartest, or wildest musician in Boston — or perhaps he’s just all three. The New England Conservatory graduate used to strip naked while playing guitar in noise act Guerilla Toss. He wrote and recorded strings for bands like Quilt. Now, in what seems to be a moment where all of his dreams come true, he’s conducting a 14-piece outfit as Tredici Bacci that brings orchestral cinematics to life in a way only a brilliant madman could. “Drowned”, off the aptly titled Amore Per Tutti — out November 11th via NNA Tapes — which varies in tone as much as this song does, is a burst of colors. Hanes composes as Luxardo, and on this track that means he’s responsible for the allusions to Ennio Morricone and late jazz while featured singer Jennifer Charles casts a smokey story of romance over it all. Forget about the movies. Tredici Bacci has all the enticing drama and romantic action you need. –Nina Corcoran


06. Boogarins – “Elogio à Instituição do Cinismo”

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Photo by Nina Corcoran

Psych rock gets pegged as a west coast affair more often than it should. Boogarins are proving the genre grows far and wide from California. The Brazilian rock group implement a soft take on psych, earning them opening slots for Andrew Bird, but single “Elogio Á Instituição Do Cinismo” wields a knife and goes straight for the gut. It’s crunchy and thick, a distorted take on their own mesmerizing melodies, that tumbles comfortably in its own pulsating beat. Given the title translates to “Praise The Institution Of Cynicism”, it’s safe to assume the lyrics are just as trippy and dark as the vocal echoes. Keep Brazil on your map because if you ever wanted to hear Kevin Parker sing in Portuguese over a Tame Impala song, your wish has pretty much been granted. –Nina Corcoran


05. Big Sean feat. 2 Chainz – “Modern Act”


Photo by Philip Cosores

There’s a certain class of rap track that demands a moshpit just as well as any heavy metal. “Light It Up”, the new collaboration from Big Sean and 2 Chainz, is just one such track, as Sean repeats the track’s title over a beat that drops hard and never stops. “They’re gonna know that it’s us,” he adds, and the thought of Sean Don and Chainz entering the room to this one is just too good. “Radio flow, ho, I’m trying to break records/ Getting every single thing on my checklist/ I should be at the top of your threat list,” he adds in a verse, and with that kind of boast, his impending new record seems poised to hit just hard — especially considering this one isn’t even from that project. “Light It Up” comes from the mixtape accompanying Kevin Hart’s new standup film, Kevin Hart: What Now?–Adam Kivel


04. Santiago – “Feelin’ Good”

santiago feeling good Emily Reo, Cloud Nothings, and Priests Headline Our Top Songs of the Week (10/14)

The last few years have seen a fair share of musical revivals, especially when it comes to funk and disco, but next month, you can get a taste of those in their original form. Manufactured Recordings are releasing Santiago‘s complete recordings for the first time on November 11th. The album, titled 22 Somerset Dr. (1976-1978), introduces the funk and soul musician to a new generation. Santiago — the singer-songwriter behind Mandrill, one of the most diverse funk bands of all time — worked on a slew of solo material, and “Feelin Good” taps into what listeners can expect. His raspy falsettos fall into a natural groove, laughing above a restless bassline while horns jump behind him — a flute pokes into the mix for a solo, too. This is the OG late ’70s and it feels good. It’s funk with a constant grin, a smooth dance move, and a hand asking you to join in. Why wait? –Nina Corcoran


03. Priests  – “JJ”

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Just about a week ago, Priests vocalist debuted some excellent solo material, which was an amazing surprise, and also whetted our already ravenous appetite for a return from her band. And, wouldn’t you know, Priests announced a new record and the roaring “JJ”, as if they were listening to our hunger pangs. “I wrote a bunch of songs for you/ But you’ll never know and you’ll never deserve them,” Greer howls, while G.L. Jaguar’s guitar burns. Elsewhere, piano (!) underscores the bridge’s downturn, an intriguing hint of what’s to come, perhaps? We’ll have to eagerly wait and see until debut full-length Nothing Feels Natural arrives on January 27th via Sister Polygon Records.  –Lior Phillips


02. Cloud Nothings – “Modern Act”

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“I want a life, that’s all I need lately/ I am alive, but all alone,” Dylan Baldi sings on the chorus of “Modern Act”, the long-awaited return of Cloud Nothings. The two years since the sublime Here and Nowhere Else don’t seem to have found the Cleveland indie rock wiz having discovered the secret to inner peace, but luckily neither has his amazing talent for cleverly conveying existential pain been hampered. Cloud Nothings are masters at big feelings and big hooks, and “Modern Act” is just the latest example of Baldi and co. bringing those forces to bear on our precious heartstrings. The band’s new full-length, Life Without Sound, can be yours on January 27th through Carpark Records. –Lior Phillips


01. Emily Reo – “Spell”

emily reo spell Emily Reo, Cloud Nothings, and Priests Headline Our Top Songs of the Week (10/14)

Emily Reo hasn’t released new solo music since 2013, but then I guess it takes a little time to weave absolute magic out of gossamer, moonlight, and unicorn tears. The majority of new track “Spell” comes exclusively from Vocoder’ed, harmony-pitched vocals, Reo singing about time putting a spell on her. “Dizzying breeze, speed my heartbeat,” she sings, like some sort of techno-angel. The song details her struggle with mental illness and feeling emotionally numb, as she explained to Rookie, but this one will produce powerful and deep feelings, especially when the strings (which she worked on with Owen Pallett) kick in — tragically, just as her repeated croon of “I can’t feel anything/ I don’t heal anything” builds. However much time Reo needs to craft this sort of magic, we’re more than willing to give her. The “Spell” 10″ is available October 28th from Orchid Tapes.  —Lior Phillips

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