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5 songs you need to stream this week: Madvillain, The Flaming Lips, and more

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Every week, there are thousands of new songs hitting the airwaves — and it’s just too much for your two ears to handle. With all those options, you can’t be wasting your time on tracks that deserve 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.

MF Doom and Madlib — Avalanche

Among the most beloved duos in the history of hip-hop, rapper MF Doom and producer Madlib have released their first new single as Madvillian in over a decade. The pair, who released the critically acclaimed album Madvilliany in 2004, are back in top form, with a beautiful vocal-fueled beat that simmers below Doom’s ever-poetic words.

The Flaming Lips — Sunrise (Eyes Of The Young)

Thick blankets of reverb meet soft vocal and keyboard melodies on The Flaming Lips’ latest single, which was recently released alongside a psychedelic music video. A track from the band’s upcoming album Oczy Mlody — the band’s first set of original material since 2013’s The Terror — Sunrise (Eyes Of The Young)  will please longtime fans of the band with it’s relatively tame musical elements. It’s as classic a Lips single as we’ve heard in years.

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The Lemon Twigs — As Long As We’re Together 

The fact that both of the D’Addario brothers — the co-leaders of Long Island, N.Y.-based band The Lemon Twigs — are not even yet 20 is absolutely not evident in their music. On this live version of As Long As We’re Together, the pair show off their intimate knowledge of classic songwriting, delivering a complex and layered ballad that will have you hitting YouTube’s repeat button again and again.

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah —  Fireproof

The first new song from songwriter Alec Ounsworth’s upcoming album The Tourist to reach public ears (via his indie rock project Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) is a vulnerable pop single with clean, West Coast production. Deep bass kicks and shreddy guitars sit below doubled vocals on the track, eventually building into a force of modern pop that you’ll cling to all week long.

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Michael Angelakos — Stained Glass Windows

Passion Pit songsmith Michael Angelakos released this soft Christmas single this week as part of a holiday-themed video album called Merry Christmas, Mr. Fields. Given his history of heavy electro-pop, Stained Glass Windows offers an interesting glimpse into the opposite side of his musical personality. It’s a beautifully melodic and bare-bones lullaby with a heavy dollop of nostalgia.

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

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