Tears For Fears, Sleater-Kinney, & Mavis Staples Go Further In Top Songs Of The Week - October 20
Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:10:12
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The last seven days saw artists from all over the music map deliver some of the season's most intriguing tunes. From political numbers to honeyed dancefloor tracks, there was a wide breadth of options for those looking for new music.
Sleater-Kinney released their contribution to the 7-inches for Planned Parenthood series. Superchunk delivered a brand new 7" that is a direct commentary on today's tumultuous world. Mavis Staples unveiled a second politically relevant number from her forthcoming LP, where she worked with Jeff Tweedy.
On the dancier side, Tears For Fears unveiled their first new song in 13 years and Lindstrøm teamed up with Jenny Hval for a ghoulish disco number. So without further ado, here are ARTISTdirect's top songs of the week:
Tears for Fears — "I Love You But I'm Lost"
This week, Tears For Fears dropped their first song in 13 years. "I Love You But I'm Lost" comes ahead of a their career-spanning greatest hits collection, Tears For Fears Rules The World, which is due out next month. It's a big, bright, and shimmery dance pop number that will be sure to have you remembering what made the English duo so popular in the first place. Despite their decade-plus away from the studio, it seems they haven't lost a step.
Sleater-Kinney — "Here We Come"
Sleater-Kinney have delivered their contribution to the 7-inches for Planned Parenthood fundraising series. It's called "Here We Come" and was initially recorded during sessions for their 2015 comeback album, No Cities to Love, but didn't make the final cut for the record. It's a shredding rocker of a track that propels forward with the same kind of punk energy that made the outfit a household name in the first place.
Superchunk — "Break the Glass"
This week, Superchunk released a 7" featuring "Break the Glass". Speaking of the song, frontman Mac McCaughan said, "‘Break the Glass' is a song about realizing you are in an emergency situation and trying to not lose your s*** so you can respond to the ongoing disaster in a productive way. Trying to figure out why so many people around you are acting like nothing is wrong and wondering if maybe you're the one that's crazy…but you know you're not. We are lucky to have Sabrina Ellis (A Giant Dog) singing on this track because no one conveys personal (or political) urgency more effectively than Sabrina."
Lindstrøm — "Bungl (Like A Ghost)" [ft. Jenny Hval]
It's Alright Between Us As It Is, the first solo album from Norwegian producer Hans-Peter Lindstrøm in five years, has finally arrived. Earlier this week he shared his collaboration with Jenny Hval, who said about working the track, "I recorded some vocals over this little baroque piece, and for some reason I felt like I was invading it, or haunting it. I felt like the ghost voice from classic literature. Then later Lindstrøm stretched out to a sweeping disco manifesto for the cemetery — at least that was the feeling I got when I heard the finished version. I guess recorded music can always be described as human remains. Songs contain parts of us that no longer exist, but managed to inscribe themselves into a recording before they moved on."
Mavis Staples — "Little Bit"
In November, Mavis Staples will be releasing, If All I Was Was Black. For the album, Staples teamed up with Jeff Tweedy to put together a number of politically oriented tunes, including "Little Bit". This new single reflects on the inequities of modern society that make it impossible to measure up. She sings, "A little bit too high, a little bit too low, a little bit out of line, and my baby won't make it home." It's a second standout track for what is quickly becoming one of the season's most highly anticipated releases.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff