Father John Misty, The xx, Hater Soar in Top Songs Of The Week - November 11
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:39:12
Just because this week was filled with pre and post election talk, doesn't mean there weren't a bunch of new songs hitting the airwaves. The xx announced their first record in four years, I See You, and debuted its infectious first single "On Hold". A variety of artists contributed to the anti-Trump "30 Days, 30 Songs", and this week Tim Heidecker debuted "Trump's Pilot", which Father John Misty quickly covered.
This week was also one where the currently lesser known bands flourished. Malmö, Sweden quartet Hater unveiled the shimmering "Mental Haven". Dutch artist Duke Hugh dropped his dreamy new record Canvas today and earlier this week shared "Butterflies". Toronto-based singer Robin Dann debuted "St. Lucia from her experimental pop project Bernice.
Unfortunately, it was one of those weeks where we just couldn't include every track we wanted to. But, honorable mention is certainly deserved for Gilligan Moss' remix of Promises LTD.'s "American Eyes".Here are our favorites:
Father John Misty - "Trump's Pilot"
Father John Misty has a reputation for doing spur of the moment covers. It took J. Tillman less than a day to turn around a cover of Tim Heidecker's "Trump's Pilot", and the result is beautiful and tragic. The song takes the perspective of Donald Trump's private pilot and ends in fiery fashion.
Hater - "Mental Haven"
A song about finding peace in the midst of madness might be just what some need right now. Singer Caroline Landahl's voice floats atop shimmering guitar and crisp drums, creating a polaroid of a locale one can always return to.
Duke Hugh - "Butterflies"
Duke Hugh's "Butterflies" lazily floats through the air like a country breeze. It's the kind of song one can imagine sitting in corn field relaxing to while watching clouds go by. His new album Canvas might be perfect for those looking for some respite after this week.
Bernice - "St. Lucia"
Robin Dann is a professionally trained vocalist based in Toronto. Bernice is her experimental pop alter ego. "St. Lucia" is lush with layered vocals splashing atop driving, yet whimsical beats.
The xx - "On Hold"
We haven't been able to stop listening to "On Hold" since it premiered. It's an immediate classic in The xx canon, and reminds us of some of their best work. There are certainly some similarities to "VCR", but they have mixed in Hall & Oates' 1981 track "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" creating a song that works both at the club an under the sheets.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff