Syd, Alt-J, & Whitney Shine In Top Songs Of The Week - March 31
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:09:34
Life is springing up all around now that the cool winter months are finally coming to an end. And with the blooming of leaves and appearance of fresh buds have come lovely sounds in the shape of new songs from some of our favorite artists. The Internet's Syd dropped one of our favorite albums of 2017 so far back in January and now she is following that up by unveiling some of the cuts that didn't quite make the record. Sufjan Stevens, The National's Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, & James McAlister, meanwhile, once again joined forces to bring the beauty of the galaxy to your ears with "Saturn".
It wasn't all blossoming flowers and swirling galaxies, however. Electronic duo Parisi joined up with RZA for the politically driven "No Refuge", which takes aim at Donald Trump's attempted immigration ban. Meanwhile, alt-J gathered some horns and a little reggae influence for their new single "In Cold Blood". And that was only the beginning for a week filled with stunning new songs...
Here are our favorites:
Parisi — "No Refuge" [ft. RZA]
The refugee crisis has been brought to the attention of many through some amazing songs, back in 2015 M.I.A. dropped borders, and now in 2017 Italian electronic producers have given us "No Refuge" featuring RZA. Give it a spin and know that it's for a good cause as, "All streams and downloads on iTunes, Beats 1, Spotify, Apple Music, and other music sites are donated to the United Nations Refugee Agency."
Syd — "Treading Water"
Back in February, Syd dropped her solo debut Fin, which we loved. In good news for fans of the record, it seems as if there are a few songs that were unfortunately left on the cutting room table. This week she unveiled "Treading Water". The track's smooth surface juxtaposes lyrics about a could-be relationship, and it's certainly something listeners will be excited to dive into.
Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, & James McAlister — "Saturn"
Four years ago, Sufjan Stevens, The National's Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and James McAlister got together to compose Planetarium, a suite of baroque-rock songs inspired by the galaxy. They toured the world with the songs and now have re-recorded it as an album. It's an excellent addition for anyone who finds themselves enveloped by the void of space.
Whitney — "Gonna Hurry (As Slow As I Can)" (Dolly Parton Cover)
Whitney has the kind of familiar sound that can fit into any sunny setting, lonely bedroom, or Dolly Parton track, as we now know. The band has gotten together to unveil a number of singles recently, and this cover over Parton's "Gonna Hurry (As Slow As I Can)" may be our favorite yet.
alt-J — "In Cold Blood"
alt-J refuse to take the regular approach towards pop, and it has always been one of our favorite parts about the band. On "In Cold Blood", they once again avoid the usual tropes and instead grab horns and some reggae influence creating a track that only whets our appetite for the forthcoming album.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff