This Week's Best Songs

This Week’s 5 Best Songs: Perfume Genius, Shabazz Palaces, Zacht Automaat and more…

Hear a "space age turn up," a "William Onyeabor/Can supergroup" and more songs we used words to describe.

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- Jul 18, 2014
As the world draws to an end, we reflect on the best songs of the week. Very nice. After you listen, go click around our album roundup.

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."

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..."

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."

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