Peaches Bodyline

NOW HEAR THIS: Peaches subverts cock rock, Empress Of addresses cat-calling

PLUS: Sean Nicholas Savage finds little bits of hope in suburban malaise.

- Jul 20, 2015
Now Hear This is a daily dive into the standout songs of the day. Today, Peaches and Nick Zinner subvert arena rock, Sean Nicholas Savage has the suburban blues, and Empress Of sings about the ickiness of cat-calling.

Peaches ft. Nick Zinner, "Bodyline"


Over an arena rock riff from Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Peaches distills her punk politics into two sharp, optimally barkable lines: "I will always follow what is moving through my bodyline, I could never hold onto something that doesn’t stick inside." Aggressive, defiant, self-assured — it's the "cock rock" pose subverted for better ends. Though it won't appear on her forthcoming album Rub, she's shared the song through the Adult Swim Singles program. Expedited delivery for urgent rock and roll.

Peaches' "Bodyline" is available for download from the Adult Swim Singles website.

Sean Nicholas Savage, "Suburban Nights"


Sean Nicholas Savages' "Suburban Nights" lounges on the inexhaustible woodpile that is suburban malaise — the strip malls, the "who's who scene," the endless driving. In short: the same old thing. Boredom is the arch enemy of art. And, at the same time, often its wellspring. By the finish, the refrain, "Suburban nights," pulled long like taffy, is made ambiguous. Do I sense a sliver of fondness in all that lament?

Sean Nicholas Savage's Other Death is out September 18 on Arbutus Records.

Empress Of, "Kitty Kat"

Empress Of - "Kitty Kat" (Lyric Video)

The lumbering synths on "Kitty Kat" slog along with the same heaviness as its subject. It's an appropriately despondent counterpart. Lorely Rodriguez recounts the gross experience of getting cat-called. She wants to fly off like that arpeggio. She doesn't owe you a thing.

Empress Of's Me is out September 11 on XL Recordings.

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