Each Sunday, Faint Uproar offers up our picks for the week’s five best newly released songs. Stream them and read our commentary below:
The Delta Spirit – “From Now On”
I was a big fan of Delta Spirit’s 2012 self-titled LP, and on September 9, they’ll return with their fourth full-length, Into the Wide. They offered up the album’s first single, “From Now On”, last week and it’s an expectedly upbeat and fuzzed-up indie rock number. The drums pound, Matthew Vasquez’s voice sounds as scratchy as ever, and the chorus feels just as sweeping as you’d hope.
Cayetana – “Serious Things Are Stupid”
Angry girl bands have a long history of making kick-ass music, and Cayetana seems to be continuing the trend. “Serious Things Are Stupid” is a propulsive cut from their upcoming debut LP, Nervous Like Me, which will be out on August 26. It sounds a bit like a heavier Best Coast, bemoaning the addictive nature of a lover who won’t change. The racing chorus is enough to make it the perfect summer anthem for fed up ladies everywhere.
Woods – “Tomorrow’s Only Yesterday”
Hot off the release of their latest LP, With Light and With Love, Woods released the second half of their upcoming 7” single, the groovy “Tomorrow’s Only Yesterday”. The song doesn’t reinvent the psych-rock wheel, but it does have the kind of hook and groove to ensure that it’ll worm its way into your head after one listen.
Grimes – “Go”
Initially penned as a single for Rihanna (!), it perhaps makes sense that “Go” is one of Grimes’ most poppy offerings yet. It’s her first new material in a while, and it serves as a lovely showcase for Claire Boucher’s ethereal voice, as well as offering a pretty infectiously chorus. It’s probably better that this one didn’t go to Rihanna, after all.
Willis Earl Beal – “Traveling Eyes”
Having competed on The X-Factor and released an album through XL Recordings, Willis Earl Beal has certainly dabbled in the mainstream music industry. This might explain why he split from XL and now plans to self-release his next album, Experiments in Time (out August 8), on CDBaby. If “Traveling Eyes”, a sparse and slow-burning slice of folky soul, is any indication, Experiments in Time will certainly be worth seeking out.