Frank Ocean, 311, & Celine Dion Inspire In Top Songs Of The Week - March 17
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:16:58
South by Southwest is in full swing, so it's been a week full of surprises in the world of music. The biggest may have come from Frank Ocean, who seemingly out of nowhere dropped "Chanel". Meanwhile, Pavement's Scott Kannberg debuted a new track, "Exiled Tonight", from his side project, Spiral Stairs, and grabbed The National's tall, whiskey-hued baritone Matt Berninger to sing along with him.
Beauty and the Beast continued to preview new songs from the movie's almost sacred soundtrack. This week we got to hear Celine Dion singing "How Does A Moment Last Forever", which will reportedly play over the end credits of the film, which opens today.
It's only been three years since we last heard from 311, but that doesn't stop fans of the band from getting into a fervor every March 11th — or 311 (three eleven) day as they call it. And they were rewarded this week when the band premiered "Too Much to Think". And that was only the beginning for a week filled with stunning new tracks from all over the music map.
Here are our favorites:
Frank Ocean — "Chanel"
It took four years for Ocean to drop his follow up to 2012's Channel Orange, but it seems like fans might not have to wait as long for the Blonde and Endless follow-up. This week he unveiled "Chanel", which matches the material with the existential. And only a few days later the French couture company debuted new ads featuring Ocean's words. It's the kind of collaboration that all music and fashion fans dream of.
311 — "Too Much to Think"
It was quite the week for 311 fans, as the band announced their forthcoming LP Mosaic, and dropped its first song "Too Much to Think". The track possesses a sound fans will be familiar with, it grooves mellowly along hitting highs and lows and is an ideal additive to their dense catalogue.
Celine Dion — "How Does A Moment Last Forever"
Celine Dion is no newcomer when it comes to bringing stirring movie ballads. And the "My Heart Will Go On" singer just unleashed another with "How Does A Moment Last Forever" from the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack. It might not it the tragic heights of her Titanic track, but it's plenty impressive, and will surely move theatergoers.
Spiral Stairs — "Exiled Tonight" [ft. Matt Berninger]
Looking to add a little whiskey-depth to your track? Add a little of The National's Matt Berninger. Scott Kannberg said of the song's creation, "I tried to sing like Matt Berninger from The National, but of course I couldn't, so he came and sang it with me. It was the last song I had to finish on the record. I had terrible lyrics and my engineer Dan said, 'those suck. come back with something better'. Well, that night, I had a dream about Darius and how he was stuck in the afterlife. I think finishing this song was a sign that we could move on. Deep Water!"
Annie Hardy — "Shadow Mode"
On "Shadow Mode", Annie Hardy sings, "In the dark night I called your name." The lyric grabs you immediately and it grows with power throughout the track. It picks up even more meaning once you learn that Hardy's upcoming record, Rules, follows the passing of her son Silvio to SIDS at only 17 days old, followed by the death of Silvio's father, Robert Paulson, from a drug overdose. The song is electric and moving, and just might bring you to tears.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff