Tove Lo, St. Vincent, & Taylor Swift Show Off In Top Songs Of The Week - September 8
Thu, 07 Sep 2017 14:48:13
Female pop stars once again dominated headlines this week. No matter where you were over the last seven days, it seemed like there was a new song from one of music's biggest voices.
Taylor Swift reigned queen over radio and college football with the second song from her upcoming album. St. Vincent announced her new record and released the LP's second single. And Tove Lo delivered the first single from her follow up to 2016's Lady Wood.
It wasn't only female singers dropping new tracks this week, however. U2 released their first official single from the forthcoming Songs of Experience, and Primus delivered a new song from their upcoming album. So without further ado, here are ARTISTdirect's top songs of the week:
Taylor Swift — "...Ready for It?"
Taylor Swift almost hijacked the nation's attention away from this summer's total solar eclipse when her social media web went dark, sparking rumors about potential new music that blindsided the internet. She managed to take down the biggest single in 20 years, "Despacito", with the first single from the new album. Then over the weekend she turned her eyes on college football with the revved up "...Ready For It", another dark, assertive track revealing just a little more of the mind behind the mask. If Taylor hasn't conquered this world, the moon, and maybe Mars by the time her full album is released, we'll be surprised.
U2 — "You're the Best Thing About Me"
"You're the Best Thing About Me" is the second song we've heard from U2's upcoming album, Songs of Experience, and its first official single. Everything sounds all shiny and new with clean guitar riffs and falsettos, but dissatisfaction lyrics beneath in Bono's lyrics. He sings, "I have everything, but I feel like nothing at all," an honest message from a band who has been on top for decades. The track's throws a translucent sheen over malcontent, making it more interesting than many of the band's past releases.
St. Vincent — "Los Ageless"
This week Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, announced the follow up to her stellar 2014 self-titled release. Masseduction is due out October 13th. Earlier this summer, we received the melancholy and affective "New York" and its neo-pastel video. Next up, Clark delivered "Los Ageless", a rather direct commentary on Los Angeles and the confusing brand of humans known as Los Angelenos. The artist has never been one to hide her feelings, and on this emotive new dance floor hell-raiser, she nimbly twirls between up-up-uptempo rhythms and gloomy lyricism.
Primus — "The Scheme"
Primus will be releasing their ninth LP, The Desaturating Seven, at the end of this month, and this week they gave as a feel for the new material via "The Scheme". It's a haunting number anchored by Les Claypool's springing bass line. The record is based on Ul de Rico's 1978 children's book, The Rainbow Goblins, and is the band's first set of original material since 2011's Green Naugahyde.
Tove Lo — "Disco Tits"
Tove Lo explains, "Disco Tits is about losing yourself with your new found love. Naive, excited, no consequences. The happiness in the haze I'm feelin right now." The track sees the singer reuniting with The Struts, her long-time collaborators and the same production team behind "Cool Girl", "Habits (Stay High)", and "Talking Body". It is the first new music we've heard from her next album, BLUE LIPS [lady wood phase II], which is due out later this year.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff