10 Best Songs of the Week: Loma, Everything Everything, Angel Olsen, Madeline Kenney, and More

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10 Finest Songs of the Week: Loma, Every thing Every thing, Angel Olsen, Madeline Kenney, and Extra

Plus Wye Oak, Ela Minus, Glass Animals, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Different Notable New Tracks

Jul 31, 2020

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Welcome to the 30th Songs of the Week of 2020. This week President Trump advised that November’s election be pushed again, one thing he fortunately has no authority to do. In the meantime on the identical day three different dwelling presidents have been honoring the late Congressman John Lewis, with President Barack Obama’s transferring eulogy providing a stark distinction to the present commander in chief.

In different information, Hoops broke up and Spotify CEO Daniel Ek stated in an interview this week that musicians simply wanted to launch extra music on a extra common foundation in the event that they wished to earn cash from his streaming platform (high quality be damned, apparently).

Onto this week’s songs—there have been a lot of sturdy new tracks to select from this week, so we’re again as much as a Prime 10 after a number of weeks of solely mustering a Prime 9.

This week on our web site we additionally posted a My Favourite Album interviews with Strand of Oaks. We additionally spoke to Donita Sparks of L7 about her new net collection. We additionally posted two interviews with Alex Izenberg, one from our My Firsts series and one as a part of our The End series.

Within the final week we additionally reviewed a bunch of albums, together with the newest by Taylor Swift, Bryde, Butch Walker, Zander Hawley, My Morning Jacket, Wye Oak, and Madeline Kenney. Plus each week we put up evaluations of varied different issues (some weeks together with DVDs, Blu-rays, films, concerts, and TV shows).

The Below the Radar podcast had its broadcast premiere, airing its first episode on the Virginia NPR affiliate public radio station WLUR on Thursday night time, with extra episodes to observe.

That can assist you type by way of the multitude of contemporary songs launched within the final week, we’ve got picked the 10 finest the final seven days needed to supply, together with highlighting different notable new tracks shared within the final week. Try the total record beneath.

1. Loma: “Ocotillo”

This week Loma introduced a brand new album, Don’t Shy Away, and shared a brand new music from it, “Ocotillo,” through a lyric video. The music is an atmospheric, horn-backed, sluggish burner.

Don’t Shy Away is due out October 23 through Sub Pop. One music, “Homing,” was produced by Brian Eno. Try the album’s tracklist and canopy artwork here.

Don’t Shy Away is the follow-up to the band’s self-titled debut album, launched again in February 2018 through Sub Pop. The album options “Half Silences,” a brand new music the band shared in April 2019 through a music video (it was additionally one among our Songs of the Week).

Loma consists of Shearwater singer Jonathan Meiburg, alongside Emily Cross (of Cross Record) and Dan Duszynski. Aside from “Homing,” the band self-produced the album, recording it at Dandysounds studio in Dripping Strings, Texas. The band members have been engaged on numerous separate initiatives, however partly the assist of Brian Eno inspired them to reconvene. For “Homing” the band despatched the stems of the music to Eno and let him do what he preferred with it. “I used to be a little bit fearful,” says Cross. “What if we didn’t prefer it?” Eno by no means truly spoke to the band however his mixture of the music arrived through e mail late one night time.

Learn our 2018 interview with Loma.

2. Every thing Every thing: “Violent Solar”

British art-rockers Everything Everything have been releasing a brand new album, Re-Animator, on August 21 through Infinity Industries/AWAL, however this week they introduced it’s been pushed again a bit to September 11 due to the pandemic. This week in addition they shared one other music from the album, “Violent Sun,” through a video for the observe directed by the band’s frontman Jonathan Higgs. The video options every band operating with a GoPro digital camera in hand.

Higgs had this to say concerning the music in a press launch: “‘Violent Solar’ is concerning the feeling that one thing horrible is approaching quick, and also you wish to maintain on to this second without end. It’s the final music of the night time, and the final music of your life. You solely have these 4 minutes to make it occur, so make it occur!”

The band had this to say about pushing again the album: “We’re sorry to announce that we’ve got to push the Re-Animator launch date again a bit to 11th September, attributable to COVID-related delays. We’re disenchanted too, in fact, however we now have the chance to work on one thing thrilling for across the new launch date. Thanks for bearing with us; we will’t wait so that you can hear the album in full, we’re actually pleased with it.”

Learn our recent COVID-19 Quarantine Check-In interview with Everything Everything’s Jonathan Higgs.

In April the band shared the album’s “In Birdsong,” through a video for the observe that was one among our Songs of the Week. Then when the album was introduced they shared “Arch Enemy,” which was additionally one among our Songs of the Week. Then they shared a strange video for “Arch Enemy.” Then they shared one other new music from the album, “Planets,” through a video. “Planets” was additionally one among our Songs of the Week.

The album was recorded final December at RAK studios in London with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten, David Byrne). Previous to that there was a 12 months of writing and demoing. A press launch factors out that for this album the band wished to focus “on harmonies and melodies over synths and programming.”

The band options Jonathan Higgs (vocals), Jeremy Pritchard (bass), Michael Spearman (drums), and Alex Robertshaw (guitar). Their final full-length was 2017’s Mercury Prize-nominated A Fever Dream, though they launched the Deeper Sea EP in 2018.

Learn our 2017 interview with Everything Everything on A Fever Dream.

three. Angel Olsen “Entire New Mess”

On Tuesday Angel Olsen introduced a brand new album, Whole New Mess, and shared its first single, title observe “Whole New Mess,” through an Ashley Connor-directed video for it. Then later that night time she performed the song for The Tonight Present Starring Jimmy Fallon.

The album primarily options stripped down variations of the songs discovered on final 12 months’s acclaimed All Mirrors album, but in addition options two new songs (“Entire New Mess” and “Waving, Smiling”). Whereas Entire New Mess was recorded earlier than All Mirrors, these should not demos for that album; Olsen purposefully recorded two variations of those songs, all the time aspiring to launch them individually. Try the album’s tracklist and canopy artwork here.

This week Olsen additionally introduced that on launch day she can be doing the third live performance in her Cosmic Streams livestream collection, acting from the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in her present hometown of Asheville, NC.

With assistance from audio engineer Michael Harris, Olsen went to a studio within the small city of Anacortes, Washington referred to as The Unknown, looking for an area the place, as she places it in a press launch, “vulnerability exists.” The Unknown is a former Catholic church transformed by Mount Eerie’s Phil Elverum and producer Nicholas Wilbur. “I hadn’t been to The Unknown, however I knew about its vitality. I wished to go sit with the fabric and be with it in a method that felt like a residency,” Olsen says in a press launch. “I didn’t want quite a bit, because it was simply me and a guitar. However I wished another person there to carry me accountable for attempting various things.”

Olsen additionally had this to say concerning the themes of the album: “I had gone by way of this breakup, nevertheless it was a lot greater than that—I’d misplaced friendships, too. While you get out of a relationship, it’s important to look at who you’re or have been in all of the relationships. I wished to document once I was nonetheless processing these emotions. These are the private takes, encapsulated in a second.”

Of the music “Entire New Mess” Olsen had this to say: “The fact is that artists are sometimes by no means residence so well being, clear mindedness and grounding is difficult to return by. The music is a psychological notice to attempt to keep sane, maintain wholesome, keep in mind to breathe wherever I occur to be, as a result of there is no such thing as a saving it for again residence.”

All Mirrors was our #1 Album of 2019. It additionally our Album of the Week and we beforehand posted a rave 9/10 review of the album.

Additionally, don’t overlook that Olsen was on the duvet of our final print subject, the My Favorite Album Issue (you may nonetheless purchase a duplicate instantly from us here).

four. Madeline Kenney: “White Window Gentle”

Oakland, CA-based singer/songwriter Madeline Kenney launched a brand new album, Sucker’s Lunch, at the moment through Carpark (stream it here and browse our assessment of it here). On Tuesday she shared one final pre-release single from it, “White Window Light.” She additionally shared a brand new live video for the music.

Wye Oak (Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack) produced the album and each members contribute backing vocals to the studio model of “White Window Gentle,” as does Taylor Vick of Boy Scouts, Stephen Steinbrink, and Olivia Gerber. Vick and Gerber additionally characteristic within the stay video.

Kenney had this to say in a press launch: “This, to me, is a bonafide love music. It might not come off that method (I am conscious that the primary line is ‘nicely what is the level’), however that is as a result of I had some exhausting and peculiar conversations about love and so they wound up as lyrics. So many pals sang on the refrain. That made it so particular and delightful to document. I filmed this on a tripod at Starline Social Membership in Oakland—discover our 6 ft triangle of security. It felt superb to sing with my pals once more.”

Beforehand Kenney shared “Double Hearted” together with a lyric video in addition to the album’s first single, “Sucker,” through a self-directed video for the observe. “Sucker” featured visitor vocals from Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner and was #1 on our Songs of the Week list. “Double Hearted” was additionally one among our Songs of the Week. Then she shared “Picture of You,” additionally through a video, which was additionally #1 on our Songs of the Week list.

Sucker’s Lunch is Kenney’s third album, the follow-up to 2018’s Perfect Shapes and her 2017-released debut album, Night Night at the First Landing (which was produced by Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bear). Excellent Shapes was produced by Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak and Flock of Dimes. Wasner returns as producer for Sucker’s Lunch, however this time she’s joined by her Wye Oak bandmate Andy Stack (aka Joyero). The album was recorded in Durham, Oakland, and San Francisco.

Learn our recent COVID-19 Quarantine Artist Check In interview with Kenney.


5. Wye Oak: “Sky Witness”

Wye Oak (Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack) launched a brand new EP, No Horizon, at the moment through Merge (stream it here and browse our assessment of it here). On Tuesday they shared the EP’s last pre-release single, “Spitting Image,” however whereas we do like that music, we truly favor stirring EP nearer “Sky Witness,” which was not a pre-release single. “Spitting Picture” makes our honorable mentions record beneath.

The whole EP options the Brooklyn Youth Refrain. Beforehand the band has shared two songs from the EP: “AEIO,” was our #1 Song of the Week, and “No Place,” which additionally made our Songs of the Week list

Prior, to the announcement of the EP, the band has launched fairly just a few different singles not featured on No Horizon. The standalone single “Walk Soft” additionally made our Songs of the Week list and one other standalone single “Fortune” was our #1 on that week’s Songs of the Week list. Again in January, in addition they shared  “Fear of Heights,” one other #1 on that week’s Songs of the Week list. Additionally they not too long ago shared, JOIN, a brand new mini documentary highlighting the historical past of the band.

In June Wasner surprise-released Like So Much Desire, a brand new EP together with her Flock of Dimes solo challenge. It was her first launch for Sub Pop and the title observe made our Songs of the Week list.

Learn our 2018 interview with Wye Oak on The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs.

6. Ela Minus: “megapunk” 

This week Colombian-born and Brooklyn-based singer Gabriela Jimeno (aka Ela Minus) launched her latest single, “megapunk,” and goals to push ahead and inspire individuals in a time of social upheaval. Though the observe (which has a little bit of a Ladytron vibe) was written final 12 months, the progressive motion Ela describes has remained completely too related. 

“Once I wrote this music final 12 months, I used to be fearful it will lose context if not launched instantly,” Jimeno says in a press launch. “I couldn’t have been extra flawed. That is the right time to place this out. We now have to maintain going. Ánimo y fuerza.”

After rising up in Colombia and transferring to the U.S, the place she attended Berklee School of Music, Jimeno discovered energy and the power to demand change within the DIY scene. Nonetheless drawing from that inspiration, “megapunk” seeks to uplift these preventing for change. 

The music follows “they told us it was hard, but they were wrong,” her debut music for Domino that was shared again in April. “They informed us it was exhausting, however they have been flawed” made our Songs of the Week record. By Jennifer Irving

7. Glass Animals: “It’s All So Extremely Loud” 

British four-piece Glass Animals are releasing a brand new album, Dreamland, on August 7 through Republic. Right this moment they shared one other music from it, “It’s All So Incredibly Loud,” through a video that characteristic frontman Dave Bayley by a swimming pool at night time. David Wilson directed the video.

Bayley had this to say concerning the video in a press launch: “The whole music is barely about three seconds of life. I believe most individuals have been able the place they’ve needed to inform somebody one thing that they knew was going to devastate them. One thing that might change their life. It’s concerning the silence that happens between these phrases leaving your mouth and the opposite particular person reacting. It’s probably the most deafening factor I’ve ever skilled. The video is supposed to be a metaphor for the build-up earlier than that, after which the sudden explosion of quiet that lasts without end.”

Beforehand the band shared the album’s first single, title observe “Dreamland,” through a video made by Bayley whereas underneath quarantine through directions from director Colin Learn. “Dreamland” was one among our Songs of the Week. The album additionally consists of “Your Love (Déjà vu),” a brand new music the band shared in February that was one among our Songs of the Week. Then they shared one other music from it, “Heat Waves,” through a video partially filmed on telephones by neighbors of frontman Dave Bayley through the pandemic lockdown. “Warmth Waves” additionally made our Songs of the Week record. 

Dreamland is the follow-up to 2016’s How to Be a Human Being. It’s the band’s first album since drummer Joe Seaward was hit by a truck whereas biking in Dublin in 2018, forcing them to cancel their remaining tour dates that year. The band additionally options guitarist/keyboardist Drew MacFarlane and bassist/keyboardist Ed Irwin-Singer. 

Bayley had this to say concerning the album in a earlier press launch: “The concept for this album got here at a time of confusion and uncertainty. My finest pal was within the hospital. I didn’t know if he’d make it. The longer term was rattling scary and fully unknown. Throughout these weeks within the hospital, it was so tough to look forwards that I discovered myself trying backwards. Digging round in my thoughts, pulling up previous reminiscences, discovering consolation in them even when they have been uncomfortable in themselves. Chatting with family and friends, I’ve realized that lots of people are experiencing an analogous type of confusion now. Every thing that we thought we may see clearly in entrance of us has been thrown into the air, and all of the whereas, we will’t be out discovering our footing. We are able to’t be out creating new reminiscences, so…we’re diving again head-first into the previous ones. I hear that in conversations. I see it in what individuals are watching on TV. In what we’re listening to. In what we’re consuming. In desires.”


eight. Jadu Coronary heart: “Burning Hour” 

Right this moment, Bristol, England-based duo Jadu Heart (Alex Headford and Diva Jeffrey) shared a brand new music, “Burning Hour,” through a video for it. It’s the newest single to be taken from their forthcoming sophomore album, Hyper Romance, which is due out September 25. Befitting their metropolis of residence, the music has a little bit of a visit hop vibe, though leaning in a extra pop course (assume fellow Brits HÆLOS). The duo co-directed the video with Dave Monis.

Jadu Coronary heart collectively had this to say concerning the music in a press launch: “All of us carry out rituals to maintain our hearts above water, ‘Burning Hour’ is about embracing that to the purpose of no return, the place you may end up drowning.”

Hyper Romance is the follow-up to their 2019-released debut album, Soften Away. The band relocated to Bristol following the discharge of the debut. Jadu Coronary heart have already shared 5 singles from Hyper Romance: “Caroline,” “Stroll the Line,” “One other Life,” “Lifeless Once more,” and “Out of the blue I Know Who You Are.”

9. Laura Veirs: “Burn Too Vibrant” 

Laura Veirs is again. With over 10 solo albums, one supergroup LP, case/lang/veirs, and an extra songwriting credit score with Sufjan Stevens’ magnificent, Carrie & Lowell, Veirs is returning with extra experience storytelling on her 11th solo album, My Echo, which she claims, “knew I used to be getting divorced earlier than I did.” To provide a sneak preview, on Thursday she additionally launched the brand new music “Burn Too Bright.” My Echo is due out October 23 through Raven Marching Band and Bella Union. 

“Burn Too Vibrant” is technically a lyric video. However as a substitute of simply including textual content over footage, Veirs’ scripture is written in chalk. The observe itself is a beautiful mix; Veirs delicate voice and stylish string accompaniment juxtapose forceful drums and highly effective chords. However just like the music, the music appears to counsel typically one thing so stunning can’t be contained—it “burns too vivid” and blinds all the pieces in its path. On the final second the 2 diverging sounds be part of collectively in a rush. They then fade out in a disjointed cacophony because the digital camera goes to a birds eye view and also you see all of the lyrics layed out towards the concrete. 

Veris’ final document The Lookout was launched in April of 2018. Since then she has separated from her husband, producer Tucker Martine. Based on her, My Echo tracks by way of this tough time in her life. She does get some assist although, with options from Jim James, Invoice Frisell, Karl Blau, M. Ward, and lots of others. 

Right here is her full assertion on My Echo: 

My Echo is my 11th solo album. It’s my ‘my songs knew I used to be getting divorced earlier than I did’ album. My acutely aware thoughts was attempting as exhausting as I may to maintain my household collectively however my unconscious thoughts was engaged on the tough struggles in my marital life. I used to be a part of a ‘Secret Poetry Group’ that met and wrote poems month-to-month for a 12 months through the writing of this document. Lots of my poems changed into songs for this album. By the point the album was being blended final fall, my ex-husband/producer Tucker Martine and I had determined to go our separate methods. We have been an incredible musical crew for a few years however we struggled to be suitable in our marriage and household life and that battle is mirrored on this album. 

“On this new batch of songs I think about escaping from some type of jail or cage. Advancing age, the confines of domesticity, our oppressive authorities and the specter of the apocalypse permeate these songs. In these songs my coronary heart craves certainty and permanence however none is to be discovered. It’s an album about disintegration. It reveals my artist’s instinct at work.

“Though these songs have been written earlier than quarantine they’re unusually related to occasions through which we discover ourselves at present. You will see me staring on the partitions (‘Turquoise Partitions’). You will see me feeling grateful to be alive (‘Memaloose Island’). You will see me accepting the ephemeral nature of life (‘Vapor Trails’ and ‘All of the Issues’). You will see me looking for private freedom whereas feeling trapped (‘Freedom Feeling’). You will see me attempting to simply accept that typically one of the best factor to do is to sit down nonetheless and do nothing in any respect (‘One other House and Time’). 

“I hope you take pleasure in these new songs.” By Samantha Small 

10. Liela Moss: “Flip Your Again Round”

Liela Moss’ (The Duke Spirit) new solo album Who the Power is getting launched in simply two weeks on August 7 through Bella Union. To date she’s shared tracks “Atoms At Me” (which was one among our Songs of the Week) and “Watching the Wolf.” And this week, we received the self-affirming anthem “Turn Your Back Around” and its lyric video.

In an empty dance studio Moss wears a darkish crimson hoodie over her face and twists and turns to her personal pop observe. Sounding one thing like an ’80s pop hit—assume Pat Benatar’s “Love Is a Battlefield”—synths and fast-paced drums information the observe as Moss confidently sings “data child, I’m the ability.”

“As its nearly recreation over for the planet, I’m having fun with one filthy upbeat downhearted close-your-eyes-and-dance by-yourself pop music and providing it as a parting present to Mom Earth,” Moss says in a press launch. “It is a lament, at an pressing bpm.”

After releasing her stormy 2018 debut solo album, My Title Is Protected in Your Mouth, Moss discovered herself in a interval of self-reflection. The brand new album, produced by accomplice/producer Toby Butler, then turned an accumulation of her discoveries.

However, not like her lush debut, Who the Energy is an indignant, charging critique of recent tradition. “Maybe that oscillating vitality is finest expressed musically through machines,” Moss says in a press release. “We spent a lot of our time taking part in with classic synths and drum machines, constructing a extra visceral palette. I wished the album to convey a depth of discipline, to be multi-layered but really feel easy, and to groove.” By Samantha Small 

Honorable Mentions:

These six songs nearly made the Prime 10. 

Invoice Callahan: “The Mackenzies”

Doves: “Carousels (The Comet Is Coming Remix)”

Yves Jarvis: “For Props”  


SOAK: “I’m Alive”

Mina Tindle: “Give a Little Love” (Feat. Sufjan Stevens) 

Wye Oak: “Spitting Picture”

Different notable new tracks within the final week embody: 

Agent blå: “Atopos”

Travis Barker and Run The Jewels: “Without end”

Black Noi$e: “Mutha Magick” (Feat. bbymutha)

Nicholas Braun: “Antibodies (Do You Have The)”

Cayucas: “Lonely With out You”

DaBaby and Stunna four Vegas: “No Dribble”

Billie Eilish: “my future”

The Go-Go’s: “Membership Zero”

Half Gringa: “Afraid Of Horses” (Feat. Gia Margaret)

Hidden Moms: “Beneath, to the Earth”

Hinds: “Spanish Bombs” (The Conflict Cowl)

Jordana: “Forgetter”

JPEGMAFIA: “Residing Single”

Alex Kapranos and Clara Luciani: “Summer time Wine” (Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra Cowl)

Knot: “The World”

Lisel: “Night time and Day”

Lomelda: “It’s Infinite”

Lengthy Knife: “Night time of the Hunter” and “Tough Liver”

Marilyn Manson: “We Are Chaos”

Mastodon: “Fallen Torches”

Matmos: “lo! Lavendar River Karez” (Feat. Yo La Tengo)

Róisín Murphy: “One thing Extra”

mxmtoon: “bon iver”

The Notwist: “Ship” (Feat. Saya)

Osees: “Dreary Nonsense”

A.Okay. Paul: “Be Trustworthy”

PHONY: “Waffle Home” and “Turnstile Impact”

Robert Plant: “Charlie Patton Freeway (Flip it Up, Pt. 1)”

Jorja Smith: “By Any Means”

Semisonic: “All It Would Take”

Sprain: “Fixed Hum”

Sumac: “The Iron Chair”

Touché Amoré: “Limelight” (Feat. Andy Hull)

Tough: “Pondering Of (Feat. Marta)”

Unreal Metropolis: “Sin In God’s Title”

(Particular due to Jennifer Irving for additionally serving to to place this week’s record collectively.)

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