The National, Florist & Prophets Of Rage Glow Brightly In Top Songs Of The Week - August 11
Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:29:27
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August may not be over yet, but we're already getting excited for September, which will feature some of the most highly anticipated album releases of the year. Artists kept the hype around their forthcoming material going this week by debuting new songs that only make the wait harder to handle.
The National unveiled the third song from their forthcoming LP, and it's our favorite yet. Cut Copy announced their new record will be out late next month and delivered a second delicious track. Prophets of Rage continued to tease fans with more new material.
Liam Gallagher's first solo album isn't due out till early October, but nonetheless he turned the conversation away from his usual antics this week by delivering his most solid track so far. And Florist discussed mourning on "Glowing Brightly". So without further ado, here are ARTISTdirect's favorite songs of the week:
The National — "Carin at the Liquor Store"
The National are somewhat of an outlier when it comes to the popular music scene. There aren't many whisky-smothered baritones crooning over dissonant guitars and classic piano riffs lurking near the top of the charts, but nonetheless the New York-via-Cincinnati quintet has delivered two top five Billboard 200 albums in a row, and come September we won't be surprised if their newest LP, Sleep Well Beast, makes it three. "Carin at the Liquor Store", the third song we've heard from the forthcoming record, finds the band delivering on all the gut-twisting melancholy we've come to expect from them. The lyrics shimmer then crumble mid air over some of the most refined sounds we've heard from the band yet. Thoughtful references to "the Chekhov of the suburbs" find The National swimming through the backyards of the American subconscious, giving words to our most familiar fears.
Florist — "Glowing Brightly"
Florist is set to release their sophomore LP, If Blue Could Be Happiness, in late September. The Brooklyn-based band furnishes listeners with spacious emotional pop that is sparse yet colorful. On "Glowing Brightly", singer Emily Sprague's voice is crisp yet filled with sadness as she sings about her mother who died in March. There is a stillness here found in both the more mournful moments and the peace Sprague has found in nature. There are no verses nor a discernible chorus. It's just honesty delivered without any attempt to make things too complex. Sometimes simplicity is the best way, and so it is here.
Prophets of Rage — "Radical Eyes"
The "elite task force of revolutionary musicians" known as Prophets of Rage are set to release their self-titled debut album on September 15th. Though seasoned veterans at this point, this will be the first record for the group as a band. The second single we've heard thus far, "Radical Eyes", finds the band digging into the cannon of Rage Against the Machine. It is reminiscent of "Bulls on Parade", but this time around Chuck D and B-Real are alternating rhymes. Chuck D said about the track, "The Western world has created biased structures and stereotypes. Opposing viewpoints and movements are seen as radical rather than diversity. 'Radical Eyes' is the lens everything is viewed through, any life movement in opposition is considered radicalized."
Cut Copy — "Standing in the Middle of the Field"
It has been four long years since Cut Copy dropped their most recent record, Free Your Mind, and quite frankly that's far too long ago. Thankfully that wait is coming to an end, as the band has announced a new record titled Haiku From Zero will be out in September. As it turns out, we've already heard one new track from the LP, "Airborne". This week they delivered "Standing in the Middle of the Field", which continues in the same direction as the previous single, featuring similar disco vibes, but with more rising synths. It's a colorful beauty from a band that somehow manages to always paint in the most delicate of pastels.
Liam Gallagher — "For What It's Worth"
Most of the news surrounding Liam Gallagher these days concerns him feuding with his brother and saying other rather rude things about big name stars. Don't get us wrong, we find it all pretty hilarious, but in all of his rattling on it seems like his music has been put on the back burner. Luckily, the former Oasis man has a new solo album on the way, which we've already heard a couple tracks from. This week Liam debuted "For What It's Worth", and it is the best thing we've heard from him in a long time. It is certainly reminiscent of his time atop the music world back in the '90s, but we certainly wouldn't complain about a new Oasis-record, as long as it sounds like it first two.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff