Elliott Smith, The Shins, Dan Deacon Soar In Top Songs Of The Week - January 6
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:10:07
Things are finally starting to heat up again post the New Year's break, and everyone from The Shins to Ed Sheeran are getting into it by dropping new songs. The Shins unveiled the second single, "Name For You", from their forthcoming album Heartworms, which is due out March 10th. Meanwhile, Kill Rock Stars was able to dig out a previously unreleased Elliott Smith track, "I Figured You Out", for the upcoming expanded release of Either/Or.
Meanwhile, Dan Deacon went wild while celebrating experimental instruments in his new song, "Opal Toad Segment". Jens Lekman revealed his new record, Life Will See You Now, is on its way and shared its first single, "What's That Perfume That You Wear?" And even an unreleased Elliott Smith track was unveiled.
Here are our favorites:
Elliott Smith — "I Figured You Out"
Complete with laughter, speech, and the sound of fingers peeling across guitar strings, "I Figured You Out" is another track that could only be made by Smith. His sound remains timeless even on the songs we've never heard.
Dan Deacon — "Opal Toad Segment"
Created by using "MIDI-triggered pin-point notes from an acoustic grand piano," "Opal Toad Segment" beings like a bucolic fever dream and continuous to race upwards. It's frenetic yet natural like individual sounds from the wings of a thousand butterflies.
Jens Lekman — "What's That Perfume That You Wear?"
Jens Lekman's follow-up to 2012's I Know What Love Isn't, is finally coming out just after Valentine's Day, and this week he shared its first single. Contrasting melancholic lyrics with upbeat steel pans, "What's That Perfume That You Wear?" is the kind of track best listened to on a beach resort following a tough breakup — like that time your wife leaves you just before your honeymoon.
The Shins — "Name For You"
The Shins' follow-up to 2012's Port of Morrow will finally arrive March 10th, and we are finally getting a chance to hear what it might sound like. The second single "Name For You" is a bit more towards the classic Shins sound than "Dead Alive", which some of their fans may appreciate.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff