Now Hear This is a deep dive into the standout songs of the day. Today, a new tune from an old Toronto favourite, a Tumblr surprise, and more.
Army Girls, "End Of Days"
It’s been a few years since we’ve heard from Toronto’s Army Girls (unless you count the song we premiered in this live video) but lead singer Carmen Elle has been keeping busy fronting synth-pop band DIANA. The duo just shared the new song “End Of Days,” which first appeared on a free Long Winter 7,” for those lucky enough to grab it at December’s event. This track is another reminder of how diverse Carmen Elle’s voice is; on DIANA it's bold, glistening against a pool of synths but here her voice is delicate, raw, and full of warmth. She might sound warm and tender on the outside but on the inside she’s cold as she sings of someone who gave her “A swollen heart / A tight rib cage.” It’s the perfect front. - Simone Zucker
Frank Ocean, "At Your Best (You Are Love)"
Frank Ocean covered this soulful Isley Brothers tune in tribute to Aaliyah, who also covered it in 1994. It's been awhile since we'd heard from Frank Ocean, until a song tease this past November, that suggests he's getting ready to get back in the game. His Tumblr does have a thing about breaking the internet, after all. - Richard Trapunski
Danish prog weirdos Mew basically disappeared after 2009's No More Stories Are Told Today, I'm Sorry They Washed Away // No More Stories, The World Is Grey, I'm Tired, Let's Wash Away and then, today, they lob out this mountainous piece of high gloss psych opera as though they've been holding it on their lips for the past five years. On "Satellites," Mew calculate where, exactly, disco rhythms, angel tone vocals, and an arena rock lead — each seemingly plucked from a different world — might conceivably intersect. Who can't get behind a good pop epic? - Chris Hampton