Unknown Mortal Orchestra - "Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark)"
We spent a good portion of last summer listening to "How Can U Luv Me," by Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Now more than a year later, the Portland-based band is back on our "Most Played" list, thanks to their brand new tune, "Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark)," from their tour-only 7". Slightly dreamy, the song is a perfect soundtrack for taking a walk--that is, if you don't mind getting lost. It's sweet without sounding syrupy, airy without being weightless, and gives us a definitive reason to be really hyped for their sophomore album (release is set for early 2013).
Child Actor - "If You Loved Me"
It's officially fall and before I officially fall victim to Seasonal Affective Disorder, I'm taking a break from all of the angst-y beats I've been burdening myself with. My new go-to is a refreshing blend of experimental composition with both male and female vocals—and I can't recall a cool enough duet since the Postal Service. Sedgie Ogilvy teamed up with her cousin Max from Anonymous Inc. to create a sound that might even necessitate a new genre, but I haven't gotten that far yet. This synth-heavy song isn't even that much more upbeat than say, Grimes, but it's at the very least soothing enough to help me beat SAD.
Still Corners - "Fireflies"
We're suckers for a good meet-cute, so Still Corners probably would have ended up on our radar regardless of how their debut album Remember Pepper sounded--the duo met when songwriter Greg Hughes got on the wrong train in London and ended up jumping off on the same stop as vocalist Tessa Murray. But their moody, cinematic electro-pop songs more than stand on their own, as their new single "Fireflies" clearly proves. Think Lana del Rey if she believed in love and was tasked with soundtracking the school dance scene in a John Hughes movie. The '80s-tinged track seems well suited for a whole bevy of big life moments--and if we ever have a major meet-cute of our own, we'd be happy with this playing in the background.
REBECCA WILLA DAVIS
CHVRCHES - "The Mother We Share"
Okay, I'll admit it: throw me a good bass line, some goth-esque synth and a quirky track title and I'm instantly hooked. With that being said, it should come as no surprise that my current obsession is Glasgow-based electro pop trio Chvrches and their newest single "The Mother We Share". Not only does the band come highly recommended
from my future baby momma Grimes (hey, a guy can dream can't he?) but they've also been tapped to open for Brooklyn-based indie crooners Passion Pit on the group's U.K. tour later this fall -- not a bad gig if you ask me, especially considering the band has yet to release their debut album. Hurry it up already!
ADRIAN BRINKLEYBarnaby Saints - "Bones"
Los Angeles based Barnaby Saints is my jam right now. Aside from his unique indie-meets-bluegrass-meets-folk sound, his crooning lyrics pull on my heartstrings, and the layered harmonies and almost gospel-like chants make for some serious toe-tapping. "Bones" is my favorite though; it's beautiful and melodic--and at the same time feels like a southern revival.
KAITLYN WYLDE (INTERN)