Five Songs You Must Hear This Week: 24 September 2018

Do any of these songs resound with you in any way? Let’s crowdsource the situation.

1. George Ezra, “Hold My Girl”
Staying at Tamara’s (Columbia/Sony)
RIYL: Chillaxin’

In an era where albums aren’t selling in mega-numbers, George’s second album has sold nearly three-quarters of a million copies since its release back in March. That, frankly, is pretty good. “Hold My Girl,” was both the second promo single when the album was first released (it circulated as a lyric video) and the fourth official single, which is why you may encounter a little déjà vu with this one.

2. DREAMS, “No One Defeats Us”
No One Defeats Us (Universal)
RIYL: What MGMT might sound like under slightly different circumstances

Hang on: is that Daniel Johns of Silverchair on this record? Why, yes it is. He’s teamed up with fellow Australian Luke Jackson (Empire of the Sun, The Sleepy Jackson) to create a multi-genre hybrid that draws from rock, pop, hip-hop, and dance. This ain’t no “Tomorrow,” if you know what I’m sayin’…


3. Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs, “First Time”
Single (Dine Alone)
RIYL: Jean vests adorned with band patches

At this moment, SG&tIL are finishing up a tour with Frank Turner (there are gigs this week in Ottaawa, Kingston, Burlington VT, Charlottesville, VA and Nashville). The time on the road looks like it’s been profitable when it comes to new material. Is this the sound of the band’s next album?
No clip yet but I’m hoping they’ll post something here.

4. The Tallest Man on Earth, “Then I Won’t Sing No More”
Single (Dead Oceans)
RIYL: Multi-year projects

While Sweden’s Kristian Mattson has some height, he’s not actually the tallest man on earth. Instead, he’s an indie-folk dude who has spent a lot of time listening to Bob Dylan. He hasn’t released an album since 2015, deciding instead to release some episodic singles. This is the first installment of the When the Bird Sees the Solid Ground, which is a completely Kristian’s creation, right down to the direction, recording, camera work and editing of this video.

5. Tom Morello, “Lucky One ft. K.Flay”
The Atlas Underground (Universal)
RIYL: Anything Tom does

As if Tom doesn’t have his hands full with Prophets of Rage, he has a new solo record coming out October 12. When he was putting it together, he cold-called K.Flay (something he never does with anyone) when he heard her single, “Blood in the Cut” on the radio when he was taking the kids to school. He ordered his people to find her so he could get her on this album. This works very well.

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