The 16 best songs I’ve heard in the last two weeks. Definitely the best 14 days of the year so far. What you’ll hear: indie rock, electropop, indie-pop, Afro-pop influences, a Springsteen cover version, r’nb, dreampop, coldwave, trip hop, folk and jazz.
Best track so far from Glaswegian electronic band clearly influenced by The Knife.
Veronica Falls ‘If You Still Want Me’
A personal favourite from the London indiepop band’s second album, ‘Waiting For Something To Happen’.
Divine Fits ‘Hungry Heart’
Indie supergroup, makers of the best album of 2012, take on Bruce Springsteen for Triple-J’s Like A Version.
Young Dreams ‘First Days of Something’
Norwegian indie-pop with some nice West African guitar touches
Laura Stevenson ‘Runner’
Long-Island based indie songstress.
Melt Yourself Down ‘Fix My Life’
UK jazz collective follow up last November’s ’We Are Enough’ (ITP #21). Like Pigbag meets Holy Fuck in a souk.
[Melt Yourself Down]
Lust for Youth ‘Chasing The Light’
Coldwave /gothy electropop from Swedish producer Hannes Norrvide.
[Lust For Youth]
Dean Blunt ‘Papi’
Trip hop noir from male half of Hype Williams. Surprisingly Bill Callahan-like delivery.
Gun Outfit ‘Flyin’ Low, Maria’
Lo-fi Pacific Northwest indie with 80s/90s alt-rock influences. Hints of psychedelia in the guitars, hints of early Courtney Love in the vocals.
Mikal Cronin ‘Shout It Out’
Power pop with hints of early Ben Kweller meets Beaulah’s Miles Kurosky from the sometime Ty Segall collaborator.
Sun Kil Moon / The Album Leaf ‘Caroline’
Second track to emerge from their eagerly anticipated collaborative album Perils From the Sea.
[Sun Kil Moon] [The Album Leaf]
Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer ‘Willie of Winsbury’
Traditional song from the folkies’ collaborative album Child Ballads.
Autre Ne Veut ‘Play By Play’
R n’b track which builds to a euphoric, killer refrain.
[Autre Ne Veut]
Vondelpark ‘California Analog Dream’
Surrey trio on R&S label re-record old track, strip away clunky UK Garage beat and polish up everything else into something altogether more interesting.
Tourist ‘I Have No Fear’
Tourist’s instrumental head-nodder ‘Placid Acid’ was featured in ITP#1 back in January 2012. On first listen this seems more minimal, but reveals itself as just as much of an earworm.