Now Hear This is a daily dive into the standout songs of the day. Today, Father John Misty covers "The Suburbs" for CBC, Owen Pallett records a soaring new song for Adult Swim and Wavves & Cloud Nothings form a pop punk partnership.
Father John Misty, "The Suburbs" (Arcade Fire cover)
CBC filmed this solo acoustic cover of Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" by Father John Misty and, indie blog bait that that prospect is, it's making the online rounds. Many of those indie blogs don't seem to realize it's hooked to CBC's CBCish CBC list of the 100 Best Canadian Bands Ever. And why would they? Arcade Fire's anthem of suburban alienation is as applicable to Rockville, Maryland as it is to St-Lambert, Quebec as it is to The Woodlands, Texas. And Josh Tillman emphasizes the white middle class repeatability of it, finding the pathos in its yearning, conflicted nostalgia and showing off the gorgeous voice behind all his usual smirking. Whether or not the world wide web is celebrating Canada Day with us and CBC, let's just let them have this one. They could really use a win. - Richard Trapunski
Read CBC's 100 Best Canadian Bands Ever feature here. Guess who's at #1?
Owen Pallett, "The Phone Call"
Over swelling synth pads and glitchy electronic noise that rolls like the tide, Owen Pallett soars, shoots high into the falsetto register, then gracefully swoops down low to coo just above the breakers. It's an elegant, fluid, dramatic performance — his voice like watching a seabird command a clear blue sky. It can do whatever it wants. - Chris Hampton
Owen Pallett's "The Phone Call" is available for download through Adult Swim's free singles series.
Wavves x Cloud Nothings, "No Life For Me"
We were aware a collaboration between Wavves' Nathan Williams and Cloud Nothings' Dylan Baldi was in the works, but yesterday, the whole thing fell fully-formed out of the sky along with a stream of its title track. Produced by Sweet Valley (Williams and his brother Joel), "No Life For Me" nicely finds the average between the two bands: Baldi is the straight man — earnest, introspective — to Williams' brat. When Williams likes to colour outside the lines, be it with his voice or with his guitar, Baldi pulls the performance taut. Kind of a Joe Strummer-Mick Jones-type relationship. I knew the pair were among the best pop punk songwriters of the last decade, I just didn't know they'd play so well together. - Chris Hampton