Expecting a rough week? Here’s your weekly dose of music to help you survive. Consider it your weekly prescription.
Hey Ocean! – Big Blue Wave
Hey Ocean! has a lovely fun-in-the-sun vibe, so listening to them will probably bring back your fave summer memories. “Big Blue Wave” is a charming, upbeat tune with lead singer Ashley Ball’s gentle vocals soaring above rhythmic guitars.
Gossip – Perfect World
After three long years, Gossip is returning with their new album, “A Joyful Noise,” on May 22. I don’t know about you, but I was going through some serious Beth Ditto withdrawal. Perfect World is the first single off the album and it sounds like Ditto’s voice has just gotten stronger in the past few years.
Bon Iver – Coming Down
Bon Iver performed a cover of Anais Mitchell’s “Coming Down,” about which lead singer Justin Vernon says, “it takes you to a very, very far away place.” Featuring heartfelt vocals and beautiful harmonies, Bon Iver will make your heart melt with this cover.
Lovedrug – Wildblood
Ladies, pay attention! If you’re looking for an alternative band to crush on, google Lovedrug. Not only are the boys super suave in their skinny jeans and leather jackets, they have some serious talent. “WildBlood” is the title track off their fourth album, and while the band changed up their sound over the past few years moving to a more pop-rock sound, “Wildblood” is one of those songs you can listen to in bed and appreciate.
Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine
The Arctic Monkeys have come a long way from their I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor days. Apparently the band took a queu from Queens of the Stone Age. Their new single ”R U Mine” has some serious fuzz guitar going on and it works. I’m always one to embrace a band’s changing style and the Arctic Monkeys are definitely sounding more grown up.
Hot Chip – Flutes
Electro-indie band Hot Chip are dropping their new album, In Our Heads, on June 11. The First single is called “Flutes” and the music video will have your head spinning…literally. It’s all filmed inside their production studio and is a seven-minute merry-go-round. If you like Hot Chip’s eclectic sound, the single is worth checking out and I dare you to watch the whole video without turning away to regain your balance.