Songs We Like - 2/9

Songs We Like - 2/9

It’s been an incredibly busy week for us here at Songs We Like HQ – holidays, new jobs, festivals, excessive work load and the rest – but we would never neglect you of some hot fresh new tunes. Much like the rosy-cheeked scoundrel Jason DeruloTom is ‘ridin’ solo’ this week, which could either be a disaster or miraculous depending on how much you like Four Tet. It’s a journey through techno, drone rock, emo and acid, so strap yourself in for Tom’s All Star Songs We Like Bonanza (for the first and hopefully last time).

 

Four Tet -SW9 9SL

 

 

Tom chose another Four Tet song? You best fucking believe it, baby. -Tom

 

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Undoing A Luciferian Towers

 

 

Post-rock legends and eternal doom spellers Godspeed You! Black Emperor return with another album full of capitalist hate and drone guitars. It’s ominous, terrifying, powerful stuff – just what you need for those lazy Sundays full of enterprise hatred. Undoing A Luciferian Towers certainly won’t be for everyone, but when the screeching drones subdue into a melodic march you can’t help but feel a little in awe of the grandeur GY!BE produce. -Tom

 

LCD Soundsystem – pulse v.1

 

 

It’s not quite Pulse X but it’s probably the most refreshingly challenging song LCD Soundsystem have put out since 45.33. Billed as a sort of ‘coda’ for the plain and safe American Dream, ‘pulse v.1’ is 14 minutes of improvised girthy modular synths and spontaneous percussive fills. It’s progressive and exciting, and that’s not something I was expecting to say about LCD in 2017. –Tom

 

The National – Day I Die

 

 

The National’s latest single invokes memories of Headlights Look Like Diamonds by a pre-Funeral Arcade Fire, and that is by no means a bad thing. Constant rumbling drums and a catchy guitar riff perfectly accompany the morose imagery of frontman Matt Berninger, and if the consistently excellent singles are anything to go by, upcoming LP Sleep Well Beast could end up breaking a lot of end-of-year top 10 lists. -Tom

 

Octo Octa – Adrift (Avalon Emerson’s Furiously Awake Version)

 

 

Both Octo Octa and Avalon Emerson have been fucking smashing it as of late, and I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been waiting for an official release of this one for a while. Emerson Furiously Awake Version of Adrift is a subtle builder, layering a grooving percussive onslaught to the techy wails, creating an immersive industrial banger that devastates in the club and through headphones. -Tom

 

The War On Drugs – Nothing To Find

 

 

It’s familiar TWOD territory, sure; winding song structures that evolve and develop over time, softly cooed vocals, deeply layered and rich instrumentals etc etc, but boy does it sound good. Nothing To Find is a gloriously uplifting tune that demonstrates a band at their most refined and enjoyable. -Tom

 

The World Is a Beautiful Place and I am no Longer Afraid To Die – Marine Tigers

 

 

TWIABPs second single from upcoming album ‘Always Foreign’ is exactly what you’ve come to expect from the emo heavyweight collective: post-rock soundscaping gives way to restrained vocals and a building drumroll before culminating in the quintessential choral-breakdown synonymous with the band. What sets Marine Tigers apart from other TWIABP songs is the oddly dissipating trumpet lines akin to classic Cap’n Jazz that pepper the breakdown, adding a grotesque carnivalesque tone that instils a deep sense of unease. -Tom

 

 

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