Hey Violet - Break My Heart
We really like what Hey Violet did with this one. An infectious pop punk jam with EDM influences, “Break My Heart” features the requisite catchy hook and killer drop of a great modern pop song, with plenty of punk sprinkled over top. They will be playing The Mod Club in Toronto on March 19th.
Fleet Foxes - Third of May/Ōdaigahara
FF came back this week with their first release in nearly six years, “Third of May”, (we’re going to go with the easy-to-type title from now on) a 9-minute epic packed with strings, piano and the dreamy harmonies the band is famous for. At times everything drops off to leave the sombre-sounding lead vocals to hold up the track, only to come charging back for more, building up to the song’s hazy instrumental finish.
The Shins - Heartworms
The only album on our list, Heartworms is a return to form for The Shins, one of indie rock’s mainstream standard bearers. “Mildenhall” is the standout of the album, an ethereal retrospection on Mercer’s teenage years in England, much more folk-sounding than the electric indie rock that surrounds it. Check out a lyric video for “Mildenhall” below:
First Aid Kit - You Are the Problem Here
Released on International Women’s Day, First Aid Kit tackles a serious issue with this one: sexual assault. More rock-infused than most First Aid Kit tunes, the music sounds as angry as the lyrics. Addressed to sexual predators, the song’s confrontational lyrics lay blame solely on them, saying “liquor” and “youth culture” are not the problem, only the perpetrators are.
Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs - Talk 2 Her
Released ahead of their self-titled album coming out in July, “Talk 2 Her” contains some serious truth bombs from this Toronto band. An upbeat rock song, it espouses the importance of communication and honesty in a relationship. Here’s to the album having more of the same!
Post By: Dan Goldsmith