Now Hear This is a daily dive into the standout songs of the day. Today, Mykki Blanco feels low, Dan Deacon gets you high, and Toronto punks Casper Skulls dissect the act of devotion.
Dan Deacon, "Change Your Life (You Can Do It)"
Here's a song to put on loop the next time you can't get out of bed, or you're too unmotivated to start the new school year, or you're on deadline and looking at a page full of "tktktktktk."
Dan Deacon's new song, written for a New Year's Eve (naturally) episode of the surreal (naturally) Adult Swim show Off The Air, might just be the most Dan Deacony Dan Deacon song he ever wrote. It's motivational therapy as euphoric fist-pump. It's a mantra you can chant while getting sweaty in a dance pit. "Tonight's the night you're gonna change your life," you yell, remembering the affirmations your counsellor (Dan Deacon) taught you. "Right now!"
You can do it. - Richard Trapunski
Dan Deacon's "Change Your Life (You Can Do It)" is out now via Domino.
Casper Skulls, "Devotion"
In rambling, caustic post-punk, Toronto four-piece Casper Skulls explore the various people, institutions, and ideas we attach ourselves to psychically — be it a baseball team (go Jays!) or an abstract notion of justice that hands out death penalties. The song traces devotion from "its humblest form all the way to an American state's devotion to follow through with capital punishment," singer and guitarist Neil Bednis told The FADER. "I meant to explore the beauty of being devoted to something, but also what devotion could look like when it is driven by ego, ignorance, or hatred." - Chris Hampton
Casper Skulls' Lips and Skull is out October 28 on Buzz Records.
Mykki Blanco ft. Jean Deaux, "Loner"
Over anxious strings and swirling, misshapen voices, New York artist Mykki Blanco describes the alarm bells of emotional crisis. "I'm fucked up. I know that. I need help. I'm so sad," Blanco sings as he puts his magnifying glass to those feelings of disconnection and despair. "Loner" takes a naked, vulnerable pose and makes it dance. - Chris Hampton