The National, TLC, & Roger Waters Dream In Top Songs Of The Week - May 12
Thu, 11 May 2017 14:42:35
Only once or twice a year does a week like this one come about. Icons from all over the music map released new songs, and we are talking about industry giants. Roger Waters, who hasn't released a rock album in 25 years, unveiled the second track off his forthcoming album, Is This the Life We Really Want? Meanwhile, TLC debut the second song off their upcoming self-titled release, which happens to be their first record in 15 years.
If that wasn't enough, The National spent the entire week teasing fans about the possibility of new music and then finally revealed the track "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness", and announced their new LP Sleep Well Beast would be coming in September. Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor also decided he wasn't going to go unnoticed and unveiled his collaboration with Atticus Ross for Banksy's Bethlehem hotel.
It was certainly a week when it was good to have your ear to the ground in the music world, and the songs we received were worth all the waiting. Here are our favorite tracks of the week:
The National — "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness"
It's hard not to know a National song when you hear one, but "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness" adds a new element. A raw edgy guitar cuts through the heavy sounds that weigh on the band. Make no mistake though, this is still clearly a National song, and Berninger puts fans on notice early about the darkness looming in his brain as he sings, "You said we'd only die of lonely secrets." It's a track that already has us begging for more no matter how painful we know the songs will be.
Roger Waters — "Deja Vu"
"Deja Vu" calls back to classic Pink Floyd tracks. It hits on similar motifs of otherworldliness like Dark Side of the Moon, but on the new track Waters' voice breaks and creaks, showing his age, but it only adds more power to the song. "Deja Vu" is a must-listen for any fans of Pink Floyd or Waters and bodes well for his forthcoming album.
TLC — "Haters"
Maybe TLC isn't quite as angry as they used to be, but they can still unleash a pop-tastic track that screams, "we don't care about what you think about us." "Haters" is the kind of feel-good anthem that is sure to be played on pop stations throughout the spring and summer, so you might want to start getting used to it now.
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross — "Green Lines"
Banksy's Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem on the West Bank contains a bar that features nightly ‘performances' from their weekly ‘residencies'. This week Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross are on the bill and shared new and old material made specifically for the player piano in the establishment. "Green Lines" is a brand new beauty that simmers and pulls on heart strings as it dances its way out into fresh air. There is hope, there is anxiety, there is weight, and it's certainly worth more than a few listens.
Chastity Belt — "5am"
"5am" seethes with anger, "It's 5 a.m. and I'm full of hate," Julia Shapiro sings early in the track and from there things only get wilder. The song is the closer on their forthcoming album, I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone, and we are left wondering, "If this is how it ends, where does it even begin?"
—The ARTISTdirect Staff