This is my weekly Sound Off, dedicated to finding really cool tunes.
1. St. Vincent – “Prince Johnny” – (Loma Vista) – The third track to drop from the much anticipated forthcoming album from St. Vincent. This may very well be the best representation of Annie Clark’s amazing angelic vocals accompanied with a cool guitar riff ( oh yeah, and did I say that she’s just the most amazing modern day guitar player). I can’t stop singing the chorus. It has a carefully gliding quality and a solid rhythmic beat. This is my pick song of the week![youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idllxjHbX7w]
2. Phantogram – “Fall in Love” – (Barsuk/ Republic) – Another huge anthemic-hook-filled gem from this NY based psych synth-pop/ dance duo. Sarah Barthel’s voice soars across a fuzz bass line and swirl of keyboards and synths. The new album “Voices” drops on February 18. This is a must buy for your collection.
3. Todd Terje- “Delorean Dynamite” – This 80’s dance floor kinda beat driven song is full of surprises, a steady beat with dreamy keyboards and a range of sounds from a muted cowbell to warped keyboard textures to ’70-like guitar licks. This is a journey through time and space. A must listen.
4. Circa Waves- “Stuck in My Teeth” – Ultra up-tempo, friendly sounding vocals reminiscent o f The Kooks or Tokyo Police Club make this a fun listen. Bright guitar chords and a cool choppy guitar sound with a great chorus. This is my surprise listen entry of the week! Solid!
5. The Internet – “Dontcha”- This one is on repeat. It has been out for a while, but I’ve been hearing this one around more often recently. I like it. This is a funky, smooth neo-soul/R&B song. It’s perfect. Great listen.