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5 songs you need to stream this week: Pretenders, Fruit Bats, and More

Every week, there are hundreds of thousands of new songs hitting the airwaves. It’s too much for just your two ears to handle: With all those options, you can’t be wasting your time on tracks worthy of a thumbs-down click.

But don’t worry, we’re going to save you the hassle. We listen to some of the most-hyped and interesting songs each week and tell you which are worthy of your precious listening time.

Here are our top 5 songs to stream this week. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our Spotify page for a playlist of our weekly picks, which can also be found at the bottom of this post.

Pretenders — Holy Commotion

The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and Pretenders frontwoman  Chrissy Hynde appear hard at work in the classic rock outfit’s latest video, making music in Auerbach’s beautiful Nashville studio. A rocking single with a classic groove, the song sets the tone for the band’s much-anticipated upcoming album Alone, which will hit shelves this October.

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Fruit Bats — Absolute Loser (and more)

Fruit Bats returned to KEXP’s famed video studio recently, offering beautiful live versions of songs from their recently-released album Absolute Loser. Their first cut (and the record’s title track) exhibits the band’s mastery of the alt-country style, a sonic universe where jangly Southern guitars coexist with vintage analog synth solos.

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Kaytranada — You’re The One (Feat. Syd)

Featuring a four-on-the-floor beat, and dissected by a heavily rhythmic bass synth part, You’re The One exhibits the deliciously-executed musical layering which just won Canadian producer Kaytranada his nation’s Polaris Prize. If this one doesn’t get you up and moving, you may need to see a doctor.

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Moses Sumney — Lonely World (Feat. Thundercat)

Moses Sumney’s gentle vibrato vocals meet sharp bass lines from famed low-end specialist Thundercat on Lonely World. It’s a simmering and introspective track which is best heard after the sun goes down, when all is quiet except the voices in your head.

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Pinegrove — Portal

Up-and-coming East Coast act Pinegrove appears in paired-down format on a rooftop, sharing their latest harmonized single, Portal. It’s a compelling new cut which matches much of the rest of their catalog — with country-style melodies, emotionally charged-themes, placed over a decidedly 21st-century harmonic rhythm.

That’s it for now, but tune in next week for more tunes and check out our playlist loaded with our recent selections below: