Lana Del Rey, Selena Gomez & Courtney Barnett Crack The Top Of Songs Of The Week - May 19
Thu, 18 May 2017 16:01:07
It's been a pretty good week for pop stars, as personal expressions fill up the airwaves with some of the most accessible work we've heard from these artists in a long time. Electronic artists have been building low-key anthems and rappers have been kicking up a storm with multi-drops of tracks that sound as solid as anything we could have expected.
Courtney Barnett comes back from a period of hard-working downtime with a song that rings like the blues — bad times are cataloged, but they're expressed with incredible joy. Lana Del Rey shares her mixed emotions as the world of politics and personal art collide over Coachella. Skye Steele brings one of the most captivating tracks of a career and Travis Scott drops no less that three tracks in one day, each with their own merits and all with the best beats. But let's not forget the Canadian contingent. Broken Social Scene issue a song and the promise of a new album on the horizon.
It seems like there's plenty of reasons to be happy at the end of this week. Check out six of those reasons below...
Selena Gomez — "Bad Liar"
Selena Gomez perfectly articulates what it means to be a pop star in the modern world. Her recent collaborations, her developing sense of self, and her acute awareness of fashionable sounds have secured her place in the top five of the Hot 100 with every release. Further evidence of her ability to hit the right note is "Bad Liar" Built on Talking Heads' iconic bassline from "Psycho Killer" the smouldering, simple-percussive track has a multi-track of Gomez's sultry vocals. She's confessional, she's up front, and she's set for track of the summer with a song like this.
Lana Del Rey — "Coachella — Woodstock In Mind"
Written in the wake of her experience of attending this year's Coachella Music & Arts festival comes "Coachella — Woodstock In Mind" This new track from Lana Del Rey handles the conflicted feelings of being present at a distracting pop culture event at a time when the U.S.A was experiencing heightened tensions with a nuclear-threatening North Korea. The song feels deeply personal as well as being political and with all the key elements of a classid Del Rey track it's been essential listening since it dropped.
Skye Steele — "All That Light"
Moog synths, strange bubbling sounds and some confessional lyrics create an anthem that is the soulful title track of Skye Steele's latest album. The space on this track opens issue wide, and offers a singalong moment that's as inviting as it is intriguing. A great track from a hugely promising album.
Broken Social Scene — "Hug of Thunder"
This is the track that fans of the Canadian collective have been waiting for. Built on a swelling bass-hook and a low-burning vocal measure "Hug of Thunder" gathers pace like a storm, and offers a very promising statement of intent for the upcoming album announced from the band.
Courtney Barnett — "How To Boil An Egg"
Everybody's favorite antipodean indie-rock singer-songwriter returns with a classic jangly track that laments the struggles of everyday living. There's jubilation in the blues brings wave after wave, verse after verse of broken dreams, broken hearts and countless problems — right down to hanging washing on the line… surely a reference to doing our laundry in public. Barnett swaggers back with a song that displays what she does best, and she's doing it better than well.
Travis Scott — "Butterfly Effect"
Travis Scott has joined the ranks of rappers rallying for their place on the podium by dropping a whole bunch of new songs in a single day. This week we heard three new tunes, the Playboi Carti-featuring "Green and Purple", "A Man" and the above "Butterfly Effect" — We're talking about "Butterfly Effect" here since it has the most streams, and the highest level of praise from some of the hardest-to-please hip hop fans. During the week Scott also performed "Goosebumps" a record-breaking fourteen times in succession. Showing that there's strength in numbers and "The Butterfly Effect" can sometimes lead to beautiful chaos.
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff