Best Song of July 2014

The 25 Best Songs of July 2014

Great music from June's older, cooler brother.

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- Aug 5, 2014
July was a month of blood moons and pissy clouds. But some good music came out as well, which helped ease the pain of all the cancelled picnics and werewolves. Country punk, string-tinged synth-pop, sunny psych, terrifying noise rap and much more. Get to streaming the 25 best songs of July below.

FKA twigs, "Pendulum"

FKA twigs - Pendulum

"It's close to the reverential moments of Jessie Ware and Blood Orange, though FKA twigs may be even more comfortable at using her sources as navigational tools rather than goalposts, as landmarks for exploring her own sound."

Iceage, "The Lord's Favourite"

Iceage - The Lord's Favorite

"...features none of the punishing apocalypse punk featured on their second and best album You're Nothing. Instead, they draw from the same well as rock revivalists like The Men and Pure X: a certain twang and screech played for devil for their soul even though they know they'll lose."

Foxes In Fiction, "Shadow's Song"

"The introduction's rippled Echo Chamber Of Melody is brought to a Julee Cruisevision of nightmare pop by guest Owen Pallett's strings, which act as both the tether and the harnessed."

Absolutely Free "Beneath The Air"

"Motoring the track is yet another strain of propulsion in their endless cache, with synths that dial your retinas all the way open and let in colours you're not really supposed to see yet."

Ricky Eat Acid, "Angels"

"Vocal samples recently stolen from lungs are chopped amidst shattering crashes and alarm drone, all totally unrelenting until a wash of synths at the end hits like a runner's high."

Majical Cloudz, "Savage" (Tim Hecker remix)

"The original single's cover art fits Tim Hecker's craft: plumes of crackling drone fissure and spark against contact from the sound of sawing, like the gases of a sunset being carved without direction."

A Winged Victory for the Sullen, "Atomos VI"

"You can also simply read the band's name for a sense of the competing emotional resonances it spars with: a concert hall rigged for demolition, or a priceless violin cutting through the fingers of its handler."

Shabazz Palaces, "Forerunner Foray"

Shabazz Palaces - Forerunner Foray (not the video)

"Thick bass and synth winking like satellite flares quickly capture the essence of a good banger, and by extension us, though Palaceer Lazaro and Tendai Maraire refuse to compromise on what makes them guests in our dimension..."

Demdike Stare, "Procrastination"

"Beneath all the shock and awe, "Procrastination" is cinder techno."

Zammuto, "Great Equator"

Zammuto - Great Equator (Official Music Video)

"The track is another multidimensional charmer for the art-pop architect behind The Books, vivacious during its droney plods (Zammuto's billowy cooing helps there) and scattered during a candy heart string of synth zaps."

Speedy Ortiz, "Bigger Party"

"Despite a hook which proclaims "I'm sorry for the time I made out with all your friends/ I'm really a shithead," there's at least as much not-giving-a-shit as regret..."

Ken Park, "Stay At Mine"

"He recorded his debut LP as Ken Park, You Think About It Too Much, last winter in Berlin, blending analogue synths with a sound influenced by the club world he's recently found himself in (a bit of a cry from the noisy guitar bands he's played in here at home)."

Nicholas Krgovich, "Along The PCH On Oscar Night"

"David Sylvian-style mystery worn like a cape at the song's bubbly, roller-disco pace."

Perfume Genius, "Queen"

Perfume Genius - Queen

"On 'Queen,' the confessional element from previous records is still there, though the passion of his chamber pop has shifted from absolutory to defiant and fanged."

Zacht Automaat, "There Is Mist In The Valley"

"We'll never get a William Onyeabor/Can supergroup, but this track serves as a worthy substitute, resolute yet jolly in its sun-dappled synth loops."

Co La, "Workplace Holiday / BB Burner (Humidity Mix)"

"It's the unexpected harmonies (tonal and otherwise) he teases between the everyday and the musical that make tracks like these so invigorating."

The Unicorns, "Rocketship"

"Before The Unicorns broke up in 2004, they tended to perform a live cover ofDaniel Johnson's "Rocketship." In anticipation of the band's reunion shows (one of which takes place this September at POP Montreal) and reissue of Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?, a studio version of the track has been released."

Hey Mother Death, "Highway"

"...death disco floating just above the wretched atmospheres it casts."

TOPS, "Way to be Loved"

"...an odd brew of pity and summertime crush niftily marries the band's melancholy streak with their jiggy, synth-speckled grooves."

Black Myth Zone Chant, "Centre of the Universe"

"...hypnagogic beats and moonshine-drunk vocals mumbling demonic oaths."

Rustie feat. Danny Brown, "Attak"

"On 'Blueberry' Darq E Freaker flipped a dapper organ sample into neon peel-out, and Danny Brown's verse responded in kind. Rustie's 'Attak' magnifies that formula, echoing with self-destruct sequence synths over a kit so huge Hudson Mohawke is probably sweating."

B L A C K I E, "None Above"

B L A C K I E All Caps With Spaces - None Above

"Utterly swamped in the nihilism of the title, B L A C K I E spews his "verses" like a man clawing against the basement door of his captor, as a cyclone of shrill horror whirls around him."

Half Japanese, "In Its Pull"

"Half Japanese always felt like they were free-climbing their songs, thanks to a reckless and slightly wild countenance that disavowed unwarranted sloppiness. It's comforting to hear that disarming vibe return."

 King Tuff, "Eyes Of The Muse"

"Beer koozies. Dog-sitting for an hour in the park. A last minute death row pardon. King Tuff's unshaded, sweatstained rock is back and in full effect on "Eyes Of The Muse."" 

Death From Above 1979, "Trainwreck 1979"

Death From Above 1979 - Trainwreck 1979 [Official Audio]

"Will you dance to it and attempt to Ouija the spirit of 2005?" 

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