Top 10 Songs of the Week (5/23)


    Carving out an identity is a daunting crisis for any artist, especially in today’s overcrowded musical landscape. Strand of Oaks’ Timothy Showalter harps on such topics on his song “Shut In”, which highlights this week’s countdown full of strangely individualistic tunes. Listen to how each of these artists twist and bend genres into independent creations: the heavy but not necessarily metal stylings of The Atlas Moth, the always polarizing eloquence of Morrissey, Godflesh’s ripping industrial aggression … It’s that originality that catches our ear and fulfills our desire to hear something new and exciting. We hope it does the same for you.

    10. Morrissey – “Istanbul”

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    Following the staunch, politicized “World Peace Is None of Your Business”Morrisseys “Istanbul” is a more personal, more guitar-driven song. Here’s the story, or something like it: Long ago, the Englishman, who turned 55 yesterday, fathered a son he was either too young or too irresponsible to care for. Now he wants to make up for lost time: “Istanbul, give me back my brown-eyed son.” Despite the feeling of urgent emptiness, he’s in his element here. World Peace Is None of Your Business, Morrissey’s 10th solo album, is out July 15th. –Michael Madden

    09. The Orwells – “Gotta Get Down”

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    Based on what we’ve seen from the Illinois rockers, The Orwells can’t get enough of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. They have had their ups and downs, but it’s all a part of the learning curve. Their new single, “Gotta Get Down”, finds the band just a bit bummed. “I wanna get stupid/ I gotta get lit/ I wanna have faith in/ Something I don’t get,” Mario Cuomo croons, backed by huge guitars and gnarly feedback. Take a listen over at their Disgraceland Drive-In website, complete with some ’90s-tastic GIFs. Their major label debut, Disgraceland, is due June 3rd via Canvasback/Atlantic. –Sam Willett

    08. Tree – “Look at Me”


    Tree, the bullfrog-voiced rapper/singer/producer out of Chicago, has at least two unique things going for him: that tone, of course, and also the self-termed “soultrap” sound giving his catalog an indie sensibility and modern appeal in equal measure. “Look at Me”, meanwhile, isn’t particularly idiosyncratic, but it works. “Look at me, I’m on a grind,” goes the silky chorus, and Tree’s hunger is apparent even though the breezy, self-produced song narrowly tops two and a half minutes. He’s currently touring Europe. –Michael Madden


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