Every week, The Tune publishes a survey of the newest songs making their way around the internetz and the music world in general. Despite the name, it is not just reserved for newly-released CD singles, but rather for any new songs from albums that have not been released yet. The songs will mostly be ones that have leaked/been published over the former week, but occasionally we will throw in little-known tracks from the last few weeks or months that never made it onto our survey. Again, the only condition is that the album has not been released yet. EPs and singles are okay. We are also introducing a new rating system for singles, one that is somewhat unique. Rather than rating the songs based on a 5-star scale, a thumbs up/down scale, or having no rating system (isn’t that annoying?), we will give them prizes not unlike sporting events: Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Shit.
We’re only a few months into this concept of an entire week’s worth of new songs in one place, with streaming links and our new rating system, so make sure to leave us some feedback and let us know what you think! You can comment at the bottom of the post or email us with the form on the right (and slightly down).
This week’s survey includes new, free MP3s from Cobra Starship, CANT (Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear), M.I.A., Mayday Parade, The Big Pink, Neon Indian, Washed Out, Never Shout Never, Mogwai, Death In Vegas, Gauntlet Hair, and many more! If you’d like to write a review for any, go to our Staff page and apply to write for The Tune. Also, look for the red MP3 tag for free and legal downloadable songs!
Holy Autotune, Batman! Back in May, we gave Gabe Saporta’s newly-popular electropop side-project’s new single “You Make Me Feel…” a rare SHIT rating, but his newest track boasts a thumping club beat that — well, that we’ve heard on the radio nonstop for a few years now. Props to Gabe for knowing how to churn out potential hits like an unstoppable antiTaupin, but damn, dude…use your powers for good, not pop!
Concerning this track, released the day after Amy Winehouse‘s death last week, M.I.A. said “i recorded this song B4 vickileekx and never put it out. its a unfinished demo. R.I.P A.M.Y.” It’s a fitting tribute, featuring off-kilter beats and blurry vocals that sound like hip-hop-Björk. “All rock stars go to heaven,” M.I.A. insists to the newest member of The 27 Club to a woman she considered her friend, and you may be inclined to believe her against your better sense.
When this Tallahassee band’s last album, Anywhere But Here, reached #31 on the Billboard charts, I was shocked — mostly because I remember them as the witty pop-punkers whose “Jamie All Over” I found when it was merely a demo from an unknown group. But the album was solid despite its naysayers, and now the band are back with an arena-sized power-pop-punk ballad that makes Green Day sound like they belong in clubs.
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – “Dreams” (Alternative Rock)
The line “in my dreams, it’s you I see/ I can’t do this alone” may not have been uttered word-for-word before, but it’s been expressed in rock songs since the invention of the genre. A towering chorus and post-hardcore instrumentation are certainly energizing, and this has all the trappings of a hit on rock radio (but who listens to that anymore?), but this band is now the millionth rock band to use the line “I’m not perfect.”Obviously.
This Grizzly Bear doesn’t hibernate: new blissed-out synthpop from the multi-instrumentalist is 100% pure gold, with an ’80s aesthetic not unlike Talk Talk. Each layer that is added lifts the song to a higher plane of electronica, and by the end you may be left breathless.
Through constant reading of the hipster-ready review site Pitchfork, I’ve noticed that they frequently rely upon one single adjective to describe a new song — CANT got “bent” (gay…?) and this new track from the chillwave frontrunners is “twinkling.” But not like a “little star” — more like extraterrestrial club music. I’d go with “shiny” or “shimmering” rather than “twinkling,” but that’s just me.
I’ve heard quite a few covers of this 1989 super-hit, but this track is exactly what Ernest Greene promises — washed out like a beach pounded by waves — and I’m fairly certain that no artist will ever surpass this cover. The song sounds like it was made for the chillwave subgenre, and Greene’s wispy vocals elevate the recording to cloud nine.
According to the band’s SoundCloud page, where this was posted, the cover has been around since early 2009, but its opiate-heavy version of the 1989 hit sounds nothing like The Big Pink’s 2009 debut, A Brief History Of Love. It’s filled with ominous synthesizers straight from Lucifer’s dancefloor, and at all times it seems ready to melt into druggy sex.
Dubstep producer Joker is possibly my favorite in the much-maligned genre, but his newest track is quite disappointing, focusing on club appeal rather than artistic foreplay. I had hoped for better.
The Swedes’ 10th album is their most experimental yet, as demonstrated by this 6:40 track, which sounds like Dream Theater on painkillers — in a good way. Go ahead, pick an apple off the tree… it won’t hurt you.
Playing with bands like Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling is gathering steam after releasing three albums since 2008. Her folk- and bluegrass-influenced ethos frequently wanders into Tori Amos territory, but don’t write her off as soft rock; when she insists that “I’m a good woman and I never did say whatever it was that you did that day,” you won’t believe her.
The newest three minutes from the east-coast indie crossovers is a rollicking good time while it’s there…until it just isn’t, blowing away without warning on a breeze of distortion. For a “maniac,” however, this is rather tame — Heath Ledger’s ghost is laughing in scorn.
Awash in reverb and sticky electronics reminiscent of Panda Bear’s latest solo effort, Denverites Gauntlet Hair sound like they spilled a milkshake all over their studio. The band has toned it down a notch since last year’s breakout single “I Was Thinking…,” and now solidly fit into the chillwave genre. But they do it with gusto, as if they’re the only band in the Denver electronic scene with the chops to go national… and they very well might be.
When Christofer Drew sings of “glorified dirt” on his newest single from his upcoming September release, it certainly seems as if he’s talking about his own music. But at least he’s learning, as the new track throws together HQ bedroom production with an unabashed desire to craft better songs while not losing his fanbase. Just when you think the song’s going to end on a sugary note, Drew starts chanting “I don’t know what I’ve been told/ I will sell my soul to rock and roll.” I dare you to do it, Drew. I dare you.
The Cinema – “Picasso” (Indie Pop-Rock)
One of the best lines of the year (“Does he draw like Picasso/ When he traced your finger with his eyes”) anchors this heartfelt pop-rock song featuring Leighton Antelman’s (of Lydia) unique voice. It dips and lifts like a skatepark, but the ambiance is more cultured than athletic.
Last week’s “cling & clatter” is surpassed by this slow-burner, featuring Austra‘s Katie Stelmanis. Her worldly and wet warbles are rarely discernible as actual words, but your heart will still ache as if she were reading each and every secret of your life just by looking in your eyes.