Elbow, Bob Dylan & Future Islands Shine In Top Songs Of The Week - February 3
Thu, 02 Feb 2017 16:06:23
It was another stunning week for new songs, and it's just unfortunate that we can't include everything we loved on this week's list of top songs, but alas, sometimes things just don't workout the way you want them to. Future Islands announced their first album since Singles blew everyone away almost three years ago. "Ran" finds the band just where they left off, only reaching higher. Speaking of major album announcements, Bob Dylan is released a triple album of American standards, and we got to hear the first single off the record this week, "I Could Have Told You".
Elbow's new album, Little Fictions, came out today, but earlier this week the band shared "Gentle Storm" and it's a burning love song for the ages. The Mountain Goats meanwhile unveiled what might be the best song title we've heard in ages, "The Ultimate Jedi Who Wastes All The Other Jedi And Eats Their Bones". And that was only the beginning for a week filled with stunning new songs.
Here are our favorites:
Future Islands — "Ran"
Singer Samuel T. Herring is one of the most recognizable singers currently in the game, but that didn't stop Future Islands from going all cloak and dagger while playing test shows under a fake name. Their new single, "Ran", is a driving force guided by Herring's searching growl. It's a promising start for a band who has some big shoes to fill.
Blanck Mass — "Silent Treatment"
The simple array of sounds coming at you in "Silent Treatment" may be overwhelming. Simply, it's a beautiful bit of brutality that renders listeners speechless. Blanck Mass' Benjamin John Power, says the song is about "the problems that arise when we don't communicate. We often grow apart when we don't understand each other. Being left in the dark can lead to fear," and he couldn't do a better job of depicting it sonically.
Bob Dylan — "I Could Have Told You"
This isn't the first time we've heard Bob Dylan cover Frank Sinatra — and it probably won't be the last — but there is something about The Bard's craggy voice that just fits the songs so well. It couldn't be more different from Frank's full vocals, but somewhere in its cracks you sense there is a similar soul.
The Mountain Goats — "The Ultimate Jedi Who Wastes All The Other Jedi And Eats Their Bones"
If Rian Johnson, director of the next Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, endorses your tribute song, you know you've done something right. Even if The Mountain Goats weren't already respected as some of the finest songwriters of the last couple decades, if the director of Brick and Looper says, "John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats recorded this, and I'm suddenly regretting that I didn't ask him for his story ideas earlier," it probably means you should take a listen.
Elbow — "Gentle Storm"
"Gentle Storm" is urgent and beautiful. It's a love song that might very well last through the ages, and one that yearns to be listened to immediately and played for the one you adore.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff