Angel Olsen - “Forgiven/Forgotten”
Angel Olsen’s transfixing old folkie-esque vocals find a new home overtop steady, churning rock drums, bass, and electric guitar in this 2:10-minute statement of purpose off her second album Burn Your Fire for No Witness, out in February. The video, out this week, was shot on 16mm film with a Bolex camera and is a scratchy, fuzzy thing of beauty. MELISSA GIANNINIHaim - “Forever” (Giorgio Moroder Remix)
Simple remix math: Giorgio Moroder’s signature vocoder, plus Haim’s retro, compressed guitar, times icy synths, all while keeping the original’s playful and catchy vibe, equals the perfect disco-infused indie-pop track. BANU IBRAHIMThe War on Drugs - “Red Eyes”
Philadelphia’s indie-rock trio The War on Drugs have a sound collectively reminiscent of Dylan, Petty, and Springsteen, with frontman Adam Granduciel’s vocals evoking a cool yet melancholy nostalgia. In their newest release “Red Eyes,” synths linger over energetic percussion and acoustic guitar to create a vibe that’s hazy like the high its lyrics reference. ALEXA PEARCEMitch Murder - “Don’t Let Me Spend Christmas Alone” (feat. Santell)
Mad Decent’s collection of trap-heavy remixes of classic Christmas tunes is as amazingly goofy as you might imagine, but when the comp gets to this smooth-as-you-know-what, sleigh bells-infused R&B original courtesy of Mitch Murder and Santell, it’s really hard not to have a serious craving for a cup of eggnog by the tree with your sweetie. Sure, there are a couple of moments that swerve into “Dick in a Box” territory, but come on--it’s the corniest time of the year. Slurp it up. MGKes - “Carry On”
Every track on this new free EP from Kes sparkles in its own way, but “Carry On,” a synth-driven, stop-start, slow-build burner is the one most likely to leave you a tingly mess. MG
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