Now Hear This is a daily dive into the standout songs of the day. Today, our gap-toothed buddy Mac D redoes a Clapton classic, FKA twigs makes Vogueing scary, Ryan Hemsworth has got your morning coffee jam, and Toronto's Fresh Snow recruit DIANA's Carmen Elle.
Ryan Hemsworth, "Afterglow"
In the description field for Ryan Hemsworth's new blissed-out jam, the Haligonian producer says only: “fionna apple in ‘the first taste’ music video (1996).” How has Ms. Apple, and especially her demeanour here, inspired him? Does her graceful, charming, floating routine on camera correlate to those identical qualities in this, his most graceful, charming, floating groove? We might be short on answers, but — part HudMo, part The Books — what we do have for you is today's feel-good track. - Chris Hampton
Mac DeMarco, "Change The World"
"Change The World" was originally recorded by Tommy Sims, Gordon Kennedy, and Wayne Kirkpatrick, then popularized by Eric Clapton for the movie Phenomenon, now covered by Mac DeMarco for The Editorial Magazine’s cassette release. He’s in good company on the tape with fellow Canadians Mozart’s Sister, Sean Nicholas Savage, TOPS, White Poppy, Blue Hawaii, Doldrums, and more. Mac’s take on this classic sounds like an Unknown Mortal Orchestra collab, with twisted lo-fi vocals and twangy, soothing guitars. Perfect for a humid day in a park with a bucket of ice to cool yourself off with after hearing that solo. Again proving cheese is in the eye of the, uh, cheesetaster, this sounds as if Mac wrote it himself. It would fit in perfectly with his new mini-LP Another One. - Ryan Parker
The Editorial Magazine's cassette tape release is available for pre-order now.
FKA twigs, "Figure 8"
FKA twigs' latest track, "Figure 8," which she premièred on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show is typical twigs: haunting, mechanical, and inspired by the British star's admiration for voguing (she says it keeps her sane). The singer/songwriter and dancer just finished touring her glowing debut LP1, completed an art residency in Manchester at MIF, and is now working on the release of a forthcoming EP that'll feature her latest banger and her dreamy "Glass & Patron." Does she ever stop working? Probably not, and we're glad. - Ebyan Abdigir
FKA twigs's album LP1 is out now via Young Turks.
Fresh Snow ft. Carmen Elle, "Proper Burial"
Toronto psych rock experimenters Fresh Snow call on Carmen Elle of DIANA and Army Girls to front "Proper Burial." The track is a system of disparate sounds, seemingly stolen from far-flung habitats — tremulous keys, electronic chatter, violin, a hulking mechanical squeal, the grooviest bass line — all pulled inline and put to work under Elle's measured delivery. It's an alien ecosystem, but it's thriving. - Chris Hampton