Each week, Faint Uproar offers up our picks for the five best newly released songs. Stream them and read our commentary below:
The Rural Alberta Advantage – “Terrified”
Is there a band more Canadian than the Rural Alberta Advantage currently in existence? Likely not. They’ve got that crunchy Canadian indie rock sound, and their new single, “Terrified”, is also an excellent showcase of the band’s songwriting talents. Lead singer Nils Edenloff’s nasal squawk might not be for everyone, but it certainly goes nicely with the band’s propulsive guitars and militant percussion.
Matt Berninger & Andrew Bird – “A Lyke Wake Dirge”
The vaguely operatic voices of Andrew Bird and The National’s Matt Berninger join forces for this cover of a traditional English folk song, recorded for the soundtrack of AMC’s Turn. It’s extremely folky and morose, which suits both Bird and Berninger beautifully, and while it’s not going to become your go-to summer jam, those looking for something a little bit somber will likely eat up the somber interplay between Bird and Berninger’s voices.
(For some reason, the video has been removed from YouTube, but you can still check out a stream of the song over on Tumblr.)
Interpol – “All the Rage Back Home”
There was a time – probably in 2005, to be exact – where people got pretty excited about Interpol. They were the cool NYC band after The Strokes were the cool NYC band and just before ten thousand other Brooklyn bands became the cool NYC band for a week. But while Turn on the Bright Lights and Antics were and still are pretty great albums, the band’s work in the past decade has been less than inspiring. This new single – from the forthcoming El Pintor – is a decent indication that they band still has some juice left in them. The morosely chiming guitar and woozy Paul Banks croon is back in full force, and “All the Rage Back Home” is the kind of chugging single Interpol needed to release to re-pique people’s interest.
Jenny Lewis – “The Voyager”
Excitement has been building for Jenny Lewis’ upcoming solo album, and this latest sample off the album certainly suggests that the optimism is warranted. Backed by lush strings and a decidedly retro feel, Lewis croons about the “voyager” that’s within all of us. She uses some beautiful, unexpected facets of her voice, showcasing both a strength and an airiness that are captivating.
Tweedy – “Wait For Love”
For those who don’t know, Tweedy is the new side project of Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy that includes his 18-year-old son, Spencer, on drums. “Wait For Love” is pretty much as low-key and understatedly pretty as you’d expect from a Jeff Tweedy project. It feels a little meandering, but it’s just too undeniably pleasant to really fault. There’s something weirdly satisfying about watching Jeff Tweedy fall so comfortably and publicly into the “mellow middle-aged dad” role.