This week, Kanye West proved not all his new songs are going to be McCartney lullabies - he's still got some (literal) fire in him. Also, Godspeed! take less than a decade to return, shoegaze from Israel and Vancouver, and more in this week's best songs.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor, "Peasantry or 'Light! Inside of Light!" (Excerpt)
It's still everything you want out of a Godspeed You! Black Emperor song: slow, heavy, doom riffs nourished with violins, superfluous exclamation points, and epic thrust (this nearly 8-minute chunk is apparently an "excerpt").
Kanye West ft. Theophilus London and Allan Kingdom, "All Day"
So we heard this in rough back in the summer, but here it is in all its industrial, fire-breathing glory, underlined by real-life flamethrowers and a wall of UK grime artists.
WEED, "Stay In The Summer"
Stereotypes aside, "Stay In The Summer" is a dreamy nugget wrapped in little woozy guitar effects that, sure, you'll notice if you're clear-eyed, but you'll notice if you're not.
Alex G, "Change"
He's long flicked at a fondness for Elliott Smith and he's all but told us he owns copies of Roman Candle through Figure 8, but on "Change," he's at his most Smithian — the layered vocal tracks, the spare acoustic, and especially, the lyrics he sticks on: "I don't like how things change."
Vaadat Charigim, "Ein Li Makom"
Tel Aviv's Vaadat Charigim do shoegaze as though My Bloody Valentine,Swervedriver, and Ride made up their lullabies. "Ein Li Makom" is a nourishing, thick sandblasting that would play nicely beside Iceage or Protomartyr.