Pharrell, Ty Segall, Soulwax Soar In Top Songs Of The Week - November 18
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It's been quite the week for new music with some of the biggest names around releasing new tunes. Pharrell's name has been popping up for the last month, as he has been releasing music from the soundtrack to Hidden Figures. He has already shared "Runnin'" and "Surrender", and this week dropped "Crave". Pharrell is part of eight songs on the 10-track soundtrack, so we can expect plenty more hand claps before the movie is released on December 25th.
Prolific garage/indie/punk rocker Ty Segall is set to unveil his forthcoming, self-titled album in January of 2017. This week we got our first taste via "Orange Color Queen". Meanwhile, genre defying Belgian electro-rockers Soulwax released their first new material in over a decade, giving us "TRANSIENT PROGRAM FOR DRUMS AND MACHINERY". And that was only the beginning for a week filled with stellar new tracks.
Here are our favorites:
Pharrell - "Crave"
The third Pharrell song off the Hidden Figures soundtrack might be our favorite yet. It's an upbeat ditty that features plenty of hand clapping, piercing brass, and jumping guitar riffs. Pharrell also acted as a producer on the film, so it's easy to see why he's put so much effort into the soundtrack.
Ty Segall - "Orange Color Queen"
Ty Segall told NPR about the first song off his upcoming self-titled album, "This is a love song for my girlfriend, Denée. I've written her many, but I think this is my favorite. I travel around the world for a living and have developed a slight fear of flying. She's one of the things that makes it better for me to travel. Especially when she is with me. She has orange hair, and is my orange color queen. I rarely write songs like this, because it is so easy to sound disingenuous, but I think this one is pretty good."
Julie Byrne - "Natural Blue"
"Natural Blue" is the debut single from Julie Byrne's forthcoming sophomore album Not Even Happiness. On the track, the singer-songwriter's nomadic life is on full display as she heads through small southwestern towns. The song lingers like a memory, one where you can still recall the "Natural Blue" skies seen from the passenger seat of her car.
Cigarettes After Sex - "K."
We've had our eye on Cigarettes After Sex for some time, and with their recent signing to Partisan Records earlier this year, it seems like they are finally a band on the rise. "K." spills out slowly releasing an ambient guitar daydream, and leaving listeners in a state of reverie.
Soulwax - "TRANSIENT PROGRAM FOR DRUMS AND MACHINERY"
It's been too long since a proper Soulwax release, so it's good "TRANSIENT PROGRAM FOR DRUMS AND MACHINERY" is just over eight minutes long. "It took a long time" as the song begins, but the wait is worth it.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff