best songs of march 2014

The 25 Best Songs of March 2014

Lo-fi electro, space-country excursions, and more of the best stuff we heard this month. Fucked Up, White Lung, Sharon Van Etten and more.

- Mar 31, 2014
Spring's here and I have a lead on a great apartment! Feeling pretty good right now. Let me pass on that feeling to you, with the 25 best songs of March 2014.
Lo-fi electro, space-country excursions, 18-minute hardcore beasts, post-Yeezus rap, floaty dream pop, and more of the best stuff we heard this month. Have a listen below. Then listen to the 25 best songs of APRIL by clicking here.

White Lung, "Down With The Monster"

White Lung - Drown With The Monster (Official Video)

"It’s a song about my two biggest vices, but I’d rather drown with the monster than blow dry my wounds.” - Mish Way, White Lung vocalist

How To Dress Well, "Words I Don't Remember"

How To Dress Well - Words I Don't Remember

"...this is a true love stump speech, as soulful and direct as something so strange as love can be..."

Mac DeMarco, "Brother"

"The hook 'Take it slowly, brother / let it go now brother' would be condescending in lesser hands, but Mac persists, bringing Donnie & Joe Emerson’s low-tide rock with its glassy guitar lines and two-steps-from-being-a-cult daze."

Sharon Van Etten, "Taking Chances"

"Sweetly honking organs and distant, snarling distortion congregate at tortoise speed, and there’s even a slouch to Sharon’s voice that aligns nicely, and sadly, with the tedium in the lyrics."

Viet Cong, "Bunker Buster"

"The opening chords demonstrate a remarkable tensility that's tested with stacks of anxious shrieks, never snapping completely, even during the protracted krautrock jam session. It rages against an indistinct dread, like it's thrashing around to see the reaper standing just behind its shoulder."

You'll Never Get To Heaven, "Adorn"

"You'll Never Get To Heaven's new EP Adorn...reinforce[s[ and expand[s] on the notion of Chuck Blazevic and Alice Hansen as one of Canada's most colourful atmospheric pop duos."

Holy Fuck, "Sabbatics"

"Their first new track in four years, 'Sabbatics' re-establishes Holy Fuck as kings of the growling, guttural bass, of the stalking melody line, of weirdly groovy experimental music."

Dean Blunt, "Mersh"


"Post-punk's foundation in dub is present in the warm bassline coiled around twitchy yelps, and Blunt mumbles like he's casting off drink orders for a bartender that already knows what they are."

Oneohtrix Point Never, "Music For Steamed Rocks"

"Like his R Plus 7 standout "Chrome Country," this track creates beauty from a seed of uncanny humanity in the form of a vocal patch, even while doing its best to highlight its true nature with bursts of alienating static. Even before it's beamed off into the distance for a doleful (and equally synthetic) second half, it's already reached you."

William Tyler, "Whole New Dude"

"At 13 minutes, 'Whole New Dude' turns its streaks of pedal steel and chattering guitar layers into a journey, each second interlocked like highway arterials."

Thee AHs, "I'm Not Angry Anymore"

"The bubblegum harmonies evoke skipping through a candy store, already sugar high on scent alone. Then as the lyrics cram fistfulls from plastic barrel after plastic barrel into your mouth, the bile comes out full flavour."

tUnE-yArDs, "Water Fountain"

tUnE-yArDs - Water Fountain (4AD)

"Hidden within its snappy clapping game and that Busta Rhymes reference, its globo-ebullience shrouds a politic doused in gasoline and practising its fire-spinning: "blood-soaked" indictments of capitalism via baked good transactions and musing 'why do we just sit here while they watch us weather till we're gone?'"

Tirzah, "No Romance"

"As Tirzah names off all the reasons she and everyone else should be glad to be rid of love, a special kind of denial lies implicit within the dour disco-pop tune."

Fatima Al Qadiri, "Szechuan"

"...reeds and wooden taps weave seamlessly with oppressive bass and vocal patches that wordlessly work in a sense of accusation (I was eating General Tao/Tso's chicken at the time of writing) that isn't so deluded to not also point directly at itself."

Merchandise, "Figured It Out"

"The radio dial turns, and with a flash of classic rock chords, the colour of magic hour is cast over the haunted attic Merchandise's sound used to inhabit. It's enough for a whole new (old) generation's eyes to focus on their still-intact spectral guitar bravado..."

Swans, "A Little God On My Hands"

"[Michael Gira] guides the track into a big band supernova, guitar picking gentle and ominous like light blood rain, a dreadful and perplexing orchestra all his own."

Fucked Up, "Year Of The Dragon"

"Damian Abraham casts his eye over the scorched landscape and breathes an indistinguishable, indiscriminate fire, while around him a new and enchanting vigour courses through a tightly wound mayhem that breathes black smoke and the screams of villagers."

Todd Terje & Bryan Ferry, "Johnny and Mary"

"The tags on the Soundcloud page may seem like a self-deprecating stab at perceived synth mawkishness, but Terje never hedges his music in kitsch: the vintage keys may be plush, but "Johnny and Mary" cuts to the root."

Ben Frost, "Venter"

"'Venter' is a cursed tomb slowly releasing its awful secrets: the brawny drums, the approaching black tide of synths, the frequencies so high they pinch your inner ear. It's a conference between scholars of destructive music."

Rone, "Bachi-Bouzouk"

"It hits all the right marks despite the gummy, disorienting wonk of the synths, with plenty of space to bounce around your brain."

100s, "Fuckin Around"

"100s, recently signed to Fool's Gold, curls his sound on next mixtape IVRY from the chilly beats on Ice Cold Perm while doubling down on his bro-y bar room sexual conquest raps."

Dutch E. Germ, "Black Sea"

"...this mixtape, released through UNO NYC, fits perfectly in a post-Yeezus world with its blow-out beats, each a temperamental collage of different beasts."

Kevin Gates, "Arm And Hammer"

Kevin Gates - Arm and Hammer [Official Audio]

"'Arm and Hammer' brings a photographic memory to the trap house."

Vince Staples feat. James Fauntleroy, "NATE"

"...not once does Staples sound like anything other than a veteran, fully-formed and hungry with a hoodie slung low over his eyes, but never so far that his gaze could be averted."

Swetshop Boys, "Benny Lava"

Swetshop Boys 'Benny Lava'

"Along with Big Baby Gandhi's "Green Card," war cry raps for first-or-second generation immigrants are  becoming the move."

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