John Mellencamp, Ray Davies, Syd Impress In Top Songs Of The Week - January 27
Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:06:23
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There were some serious contenders to consider when choosing this set of Top Songs of the Week, and unfortunately we weren't able to include everyone. When Ray Davies, formerly of The Kinks, debuts a new track it's sure to turn some ears, and he did just that with the release of "Poetry". He wasn't the sole legacy artist debuting new material either, as John Mellencamp addressed income inequality and Black Lives Matter in "Easy Target".
The Internet's Syd unveiled a second track, "Body", from her upcoming debut solo record, Fin. Meanwhile, world music icons and true rebels Tinariwen released a heartfelt new song dedicated to the women of northern Mali who are still fighting the good fight against tyranny. And that was only the beginning for a week filled with stunning new music.
Syd — "Body"
Produced by MeLo-X, "Body" is a sensuous track that is full of mystery and desire. It begins slow as a beat lead to Syd's voice with the sound building behind her, then it all drops away as Syd takes full control in the chorus, softly and seductively singing, "Baby we can take it slow, "Say my name / Don't let go, I can hear your body when I / Pull your hair, what's my name / Girl I swear, I can hear your body babe.
Goldfrapp — "Anymore"
It's been four years since Goldfrapp released a new album, but all that will change come March 31st with the unveiling of Silver Eye. The record's lead single "Anymore" undulates between pop gold and electronic dance floor banger, making a like club superstar in the coming months.
Ray Davies — "Poetry"
Onetime Kinks frontman Ray Davies is releasing a new solo album entitled Americana. Along with the album announcement, Davies debuted the album's first single "Poetry". The song comments on the modern realities of our corporate influenced world and what it might be missing.
Tinariwen — "Asswat"
Tinariwen is well known in the sphere of world music, but might be a bit perplexing to those unaware of their origin. In short, they are Tuareg musicians from northern Mali who play a sort of dune blues that can be felt without understanding their lyrics. Their new track "Asswat" is dedicated to the women of northern Mali who have not left. It's worth every second of listening for its positive message and excellent sound.
John Mellencamp — "Easy Target"
"Easy Target" is passionate and plain-spoken. It reflects on the current state of our nation in the eyes of Mr. Mellencamp. The songs discusses loneliness and lack of safety, and he sings, "Easy targets all along the avenue/ Living here in sucker town, baby me and you/ Behind the bars to keep each other apart/ Easy targets, our country's broken heart."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff