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 button. 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 what ones are worth using your bandwidth on.
Here are our top 5 songs to stream this week.
GØGGS – She Got Harder
Whenever Ty Segall finds himself with even the slightest bit of downtime, he starts a new band. At least, that seems to be the case. This year alone, the multi-instrumental talent has dropped a solo EP, formed the band Broken Bat, and worked on new material with his best-known band Fuzz. Apparently that hasn’t been enough to occupy his calendar, so he’s formed another new group: GØGGS.
Joined by Charles Moothart of Fuzz and Chris Shaw of Ex-Cult, Segall is out to get your blood pumping. The first track from the trio is a burner of a punk song that features relentlessly driven drums and distorted guitar riffs. The thrashing track is garage punk at its best, and is a solid debut for the side project. The group already has plans to drop a full-length album sometime next year, which is probably a relief for Segall. Now he knows that plenty of his time will already be occupied with the project, so he won’t have to start up another band just yet.
Dumb Numbers – I Dreamed I Saw Jack Nance Last Night
The ’90s cult classic Twin Peaks is one of the latest beloved shows to get brought back to life by the era of television nostalgia. Though the show won’t arrive until 2017, its status as a favorite has generated a lot of excitement, including Dumb Numbers’ I Dreamed I Saw Jack Nance Last Night. The song is inspired by Jack Nance who played Pete Martell on Twin Peaks, and features hat tips to the show that are built into the construction of the track, including a bass line inspired by the show’s theme song.
Alex Feder – Alcohol
The feeling of knowing you’ve had just one (or two, or three) too many drinks is a fairly universal one. Former XYZ Affair frontman Alex Feder has definitely felt that way, as evidenced by his latest track Alcohol. With a stream-of-consciousness style of delivery atop thumping synthesizers, Feder lets his mind flow as freely as the drinks that inspired the song. Inevitability, it ends like any night of drinking does: with his musing about a former lover and his own inability to get things together.
Arca – Soichiro
Venezuelan producer Alejandro Ghersi, better known as Arca, has put together a pretty incredible resume. His production credits include providing work for Bjork, FKA Twigs, and Kanye West. That would be enough, but he also has a successful solo career, spurred by his debut album Xen. Now on the brink of release on his sophomore record Mutant, Arca has unveiled Soichiro, a track filled with barely identifiable sounds that somehow come together in the best possible way.
Wax Idols – I’m Not Going
Finding strength in life’s most difficult moments is no easy task. Wax Idols’ frontwoman Hether Fortune can attest to that. And yet, she comes across as in control and empowered on I’m Not Going, a track on which she deals with heartbreak and divorce. Atop the slowly building guitars, Fortune is defiant and booming, as she belts out the track’s defining phrase: “I’m not going down.”
That’s it for now, but check back every week for more new tunes to stream!