Tracks of the Week: Not Thought Catalog
Posted by Jacqueline Wongso 7 months ago in Music
Lots of new music was released this week, but we worked hard to narrow it down to seven favorites. Hundred Waters’ David Bowie tribute will make you want to cry, Animal Collective will make you want to quit your day job and go to the beach, and Mark Johns will make you relive where you were in 2006 at the height of Amy Winehouse’s career. We got you covered for anything you want to feel (or repress).
Animal Collective – “Golden Gal”
Every year I never seem to learn my lesson. After the “chill” of LA winters subside, and the temperatures hit 70+ degrees again, I get super happy and start daydreaming of sun-soaked afternoons at the beach and all the fun adventures summer can bring. Those blissful daydreams quickly subside when, after two weeks of perfect weather, the temperatures slowly creep toward 100 degrees and the seemingly endless summer begins again. All that optimism for the future quickly changes into irrational crankiness when you start waking up in a pool of your own sweat everyday. Listening to this track, however, puts me right into that euphoric pre-summer mindset. Listen to this and be transported to a warm, golden afternoon even if it’s still freezing winter where you live. (Sorry New York).
Higher Authorities – “Colour”
This week Domino released a track by Higher Authorities without much explanation. A little digging and I found out that this band is actually Ade Blackburn and Jonathan Hartley from Clinic’s side project, which is super exciting since Clinic hasn’t released a studio album since Free Reign in 2012. You can finally get your fix for their usual lo-fi psychedelic goodness but with added dub elements thanks to Adrian Sherwood who produced the album.
Hundred Waters – “Forgive Me For Giving Up”
It’s been over a month since David Bowie passed away, but it honestly still feels like yesterday to me. Floods of beautiful tributes and covers have been born out of his death and this one is no exception. “Forgive Me For Giving Up” feels like that moment when you cry so much that you can’t cry anymore and then you start to feel like things might be okay again one day. Check this out if you like haunting vocals and shimmery piano and strings. Don’t listen to this if you don’t wanna cry.
Mark Johns – “Rehab” (cover)
I tend to have those moments where I hear a song and end up singing a different song over it. I consider it almost therapeutic for me. But when I sing, I sound like one of those American Idol auditionees who only got aired because they’re the butt of the joke. However, when Mark Johns does this, it sounds like effortless beauty similar to that of Beyonce’s flawless skin. I mean she could sing “Red Solo Cup” over police sirens and I would still buy that song. With that said, you guys should check out her cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” which is sung over Tennyson’s “No Answer.” Tennyson’s track is already great in itself but having Mark Johns sing over it just sets it off.
Show Me The Body – “Body War”
Sometimes I go to random weekday shows not knowing who’s playing. I like to do this because with not knowing the lineup, I have no expectations. One Monday night, I went to a small local venue in LA and was blown away by a band called Show Me The Body. Ever since then, I’ve been obsessed to learn more about this band from New York. On their site, they describe themselves as a “hardcore” band, but I can’t pretend to know anything about hardcore so I’m just gonna say they sound like Death Grips with a banjo. So just listen and be wowed.
FKA twigs – “Good To Love”
There’s this inside joke between my best friend and I that FKA twigs sounds like somewhere between sensual moans and children screeching. That doesn’t go to say that I don’t love her though. FKA twigs is an amazing artist. But after hearing her new track “Good To Love” I realized I can’t make fun of her anymore. The vocals in this song are clearer and stronger than her past work. Also she self-directed this video. God, what can’t she do!
Essaie Pas – “Demain Est Une Austre Ne
Essaie Pas is the super luscious combination of French electro-goth-succubus-overlord Marie Davidson and Pierre Guerineau (produced stuff for Dirty Beaches and Femminielli). Together, they make gritty, dark, intense electro with lyrics we don’t understand but would really, really like to.
Cette chanson est vachement bon je ne sais pas comment parler français omg OMG OMG OMG WOW WOW WOW WOW.
*Disclaimer* I do not know French. That was my ghost writer who is an actual ghost … Pretty sure it’s Steve Jobs.