Songs We Like - 17/02/2018

Songs We Like - 17/02/2018

Are you suffering from a love hangover? Missing the romantic highs of Valentine’s Day? Why not revisit our Sensual Songs We Likea ramshackle collection of songs that celebrate love, smut and heartbreak. We promise you’ll like it, even if you despise love, but who would do that? This week’s regular Songs We Like sees Elliot and Tom return to the normal, sensual-less duties of collating the week’s best new music. There’s some house, some slacker-rock and a lot of comebacks. And that’s before we even get to the djent. 

 

Beach House – Lemon Glow

 

 

Dream-pop critical darlings Beach House are back with a slice of sombre beauty with the ethereal ‘Lemon Glow’. Developing on the distorted off-kilter vibe of ‘Sparks’ honed in Depression Cherry, Beach House hit the sweet-spot between hazy indie nostalgia and detuned avant fuzz in the first taster for their upcoming album. -Tom

 

Courtney Barnett – Nameless, Faceless

 

 

What is this, comeback week or something? As well as Beach House and Iceage returning from the void, Aussie slack-rocker Courtney Barnett has re-entered the fray with what can only be described as a quintessential Courtney Barnett track. A fairly straightforward indie jam, ‘Nameless, Faceless’ combines Barnett’s matter-of-fact cynicism with a punchy, memorable chorus that details the everyday fear women experience.  -Tom

 

Frank Ocean – Moon River

 

 

For better or for worse, Frank Ocean has strayed from his defining future R&B delights of channelORANGE in favour of sparse, nebulous ballads. Although I’m firmly on the ‘damn blonde sucks gimme pyramids any day of the week’ side of the fence, I can’t deny this mesmerising take on ‘Moon River’. If any song is deserving of the Frank Ocean treatment, it’s probably this one. A stunningly gorgeous take that combines self-harmonising with whispy keys, Frank Ocean almost succeeds in making me feel uplifted and relaxed in a world as crazy as the one he croons about. -Tom

 

Harm’s Way – Become A Machine

 

 

The musical equivalent of driving a monster truck through an F-5 tornado with blown tyres. -Elliot

 

Iceage – Catch It

 

 

Iceage are back, baby. A brooding post-punk adventure, ‘Catch It’ sees the Danish band lunge through chugging riffs and one hell of a vocal performance before completely wilding out and tearing shit up with some hard as-nails guitar shredding. I’ve missed you, Iceage. -Tom

 

Special Request – Brainstorm (Gerd Janson & Shan House Mix)

 

 

Now this is one to get excited about: both ‘Brainstorm’ and ‘Make It Real’ – two of last year’s best dance tracks – are getting two remixes apiece from tastemakers Gerd Janson & Shan. The first offering is a house mix of ‘Brainstorm’, a re-imagining of the skittish industrialism of the original as a delectable slice of thumping 4/4 fun. It’s archetypal piano house that makes you question your understanding of the original, and I have a funny feeling this isn’t the last sensational remix we’ll be hearing from the Special Request x Gerd Janson & Shan release. -Tom

 

TesseracT – Luminary

 

 

Djeeeeeent dje-djent. Djeeee-dje-djeeEEEEEN-djeeeeent dje-djent. That’s how it goes. The UK’s grandmasters of Meshuggah’s wonderfully simplistic and levelling metal style (that’s djent, by the way) are back for more heavenly prog at long last. Delivering a short-ish catchy cut here, no doubt the upcomingSonder’ album will blossom as a beautifully constructed, traipsing record full of djenty bounce. Welcome back, boys. Djent. -Elliot

 

Image: Bella Union

 

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