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    Fri, 08 Apr 2016 14:25:14

    Tegan And Sara, Animal Collective, Yumi Zouma, Fujiya & Miyagi Lead Top Songs of the Week - April 2 - 8 -

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    If you put all the songs that were released this week into a blender and then made a smoothie, it would probably sound pretty good. (Don't try this at home). The week was particularly strong in the pop department. M83 shared the third track, "Go!" from the irreverently-titled Junk, and it feels like a rad beach party. Nite Jewel's off-kilter disco stomper, "Boo Hoo," really wants you to get over that old ennui. Then there's Classixx collab with How To Dress Well "Just Let Go." It seems there was an unconscious theme to this week's best pop songs, and "Just Let Go" kind of captures it best--in its title at least.

    Now without further ado, here's the jams. At least half of them are guaranteed to raise a smile! A few also signal opportunities for introspection. You could get introspective about anything if you want to, it has something to do with willpower we guess. Mostly, these puppies want you to sit back and have a good time. Nothing wrong with that!





    Tegan And Sara - Boyfriend

    Twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin's latest is a bid for more mainstream recognition. "Boyfriend" is an expertly crafted synth pop song, which flat out works.


    Animal Collective - Hounds of Bairro

    A B-Side, but an A-Side in the sense that this would be an A-Side in a perfect world that rewards experimentation and the willingness to foreground eccentricity. "Hounds of Bairro" is a wave of optimism; pleasantly quirky, and futuristically tribal. Try it at your own risk.


    Parquet Courts - Human Performance

    Literate and self-aware lovelorn punk rock, how could it be wrong? Observational lyrics make up the brunt of this one's good-natured gut punch. Sweet!


    Yumi Zouma - Keep It Close To Me

    New Zealand's Yumi Zouma are only the upteenth band to prove that synth pop is a very able vehicle for getting across notoriously slippery emotions like tentatively exploring intimacy with your crush. The song's assured beat grounds the singer's uncertainty in a bed of common sense rationalization that gently unfolds in three minutes time.


    Fujiya & Miyagi - Serotonin Rushes

    Undulating arpeggiated bass line, check. Abstract guitar solo in the final third, check. Shamelessly hedonistic lyrics, check, check. Yes, this is a funky track.


    —The ARTISTdirect Staff
    04.08.16

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