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 — and remember to subscribe to our Spotify playlist for all of our weekly picks.
A groovy jam which enthralls fans with The Strokes’ traditional distorted vocals, Oblivius was the first new single to come from the band since their last full length album in 2013. The lead track on the indie rock gods’ Future Present Past EP is heavily driven by guitar licks, reminiscent of the bands early-2000s classics in many ways. It’s a quality return-to-form for the band of mostly New Yorkers, who have retained popularity, but have yet to eclipse the perfection that came with genre-defining record Is This It over a decade ago.
“This is slicker than oil on a Pelican,” writes a SoundCloud commenter about halfway through Opposite House, a new single from songwriter Cass McCombs — and they’re not wrong either. A groovy bit of running music which features the sultry voice of indie goddess emeritus Angel Olsen, the new track is cold as ice, a breezy bit of music which will appear on McCombs’ upcoming August release Mangy Love.
BRONCHO — I Know You Listen
Reverb and unintelligible vocals are the hallmark of much of today’s modern indie acts, but nobody does it quite as well as Broncho. On the Oklahoma band’s latest single I Know You, British inflection and stadium-sized grooves keep the legato words in check, providing a most enjoyable cut despite the lack of clear lyrics to sing along with. Put it on in the car on a hot day and roll down the windows; You don’t need to know the words when something feels this good.
Joey Purp — Girls (Feat. Chance The Rapper)
Bass heavy and full of samples, Girls is one of the earliest bids for surprise hit-of-the-summer. The tongue-in-cheek track comes straight from Joey Purp, a member of Chance The Rapper’s SaveMoney Crew, and features a chuckle-y verse from Chicago’s new rap hero himself. An undeniably enthralling jam from start to finish, it’s easy to image this pounding from a stereo in sororities nationwide before a big night out.
This week’s cleanest breath of pop air comes via East Coast quintet Queue, whose simple More softly captivates your senses like a gentle breeze on a perfectly sunny day. It’s a cathartic cut that’s not invasive or distracting, but which somehow brightens the spirits of all those within earshot when its time comes on your mid-morning playlist.
That’s it for now, but check back every week for more new tunes to stream!