Harry Styles, Rancid, & Aphex Twin Make Trouble In Top Songs Of The Week - May 5
Thu, 04 May 2017 14:55:55
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From the return of punk rock titans to pop's rising star, this week was filled with new songs that will be turned up throughout the summer. Rancid announced that they will be releasing a new album Trouble Maker in June, and unveiled the first single from the record, "Ghost of a Chance". Speaking of just announced records, indie stalwarts Portugal. The Man began publicizing their new record, Woodstock, and gave listeners their first taste via album opener "Number One" [ft. Richie Havens and Son Little].
There seems to be little doubt that former One Direction member Harry Styles will soon be one of the biggest solo artists on the planet. His debut self-titled solo record is dropping next week, and just a few days ago we got our third taste via the folky "Sweet Creature". On the opposite end of the spectrum, Aphex Twin returned with a track being used to explore the limits of some new tech.
Portugal. The Man — "Number One" [ft. Richie Havens and Son Little]
"Number One" see Portugal. The Man collaborating with R&B artist Son Little, and sampling the late Richie Havens' "Freedom". There is a mix of dance and rock and roll that feels to be in the direction of Tame Impala, but maybe more haunting. The sounds added to the video which depicts young children mesmerized by screens is downright jarring, while still remaining groovy.
Aphex Twin — "4xAtlantis take 1"
"4xAtlantis take 1" may only be a demo of a track Aphex Twin is currently working on, but like everything else Richard David James does, it's engrossing and seems to float in an existence all its own. The song feels like semi-transparent aqua marine and grey floating bubbles that despite their ability to swim through air still carry a bit of weight to them. It's quite a feat for a track simply "made to test out the Poly CV feature on the Cirklon."
Rancid — "Ghost of a Chance"
The first song we've heard from the forthcoming Rancid release is a classic. It's under two minutes long, but in those 102 seconds, the band is able to deliver the kind of pop punk goodness that made them so loved in the first place. It also comes with a video that rather hilariously includes subtitles for singer Tim Armstrong's vocals.
Harry Styles — "Sweet Creature"
As the acoustic guitar kicks in there is almost a sense of a blackbird singing until Styles' voice chimes in showing a surprising twang in the pop vocalist's pallette. It's all about the strength and tumultuousness of young love, and the rather sweet sounding track will surely find itself blasting through the dial of all pop radio stations.
Wavves — No Shade
Fuzzy guitars and heavy drums rage as Nathan Williams' hazy vocals surround you. It's the kind of two-minute track that'll kick you jumping and is bound to insight a mosh pit at one point. It's a different direction from "Million Enemies", but it's one we can most certainly appreciate.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff