5 songs you must hear this week: 22 April 2019

Once again, we present five new songs for your evaluation and approval. Any thoughts on what The Music Lab has picked for us?

1. Beck, Saw Lightning ft. Pharrell
Hyperspace (Capitol)
Recommended If You Like: Duh. It’s Beck

It’s been a couple of years since we’ve heard anything new from Beck (Colors from 2017 was the last thing we got), so anything from Mr. Hansen is welcome. Pharrell Williams provides drums, keyboards and “mumbles” for the song while the video was directed by Hiro Murai, the same guy who did Childish Gambino’s This is America clip. Watch for the song to show up in a commercial for the new Power Beats Pro headphones. Hyperspace is due later this year.

2. Taylor Knox, City at Night
Single (Cadence Recordings)
RIYL: Upbeat power pop with a bite

Not the pro surfer of the same name, but the Toronto musician who is into a blend of power pop and grunge. He’s also buddies with the guys in Sloan, Hayden and Luke Doucet of Whitehorse. The producer for this song is Rob Schnapf, the LA guy who has worked with Beck, Elliot Smith, and Kurt Vile.

3. For Jane, Car
Married with Dogs EP (Independent)
RIYL: Female-fronted Toronto alt-rock

For Jane, a five-piece from Toronto, seems to be a little publicity shy because they haven’t spent a lot of time promoting themselves. They have a Facebook page, some space on Bandcamp but no website, and they only just signed up for Twitter earlier this month. If they’re going to keep releasing alt-pop gems like this, methinks it might be time to hire a publicist.

4. Twin XL, Good
Twin XL (Position Music)
RIYL: Whistling (think Fitz and the Tantrums and Peter Bjorn and John)

Interesting story, this. Twin XL is an LA trio made up of (a) two Gomez brothers; (b) no drummer; (c) writers and producers for groups such as All Time Low; and (d) composers for a Disney movie (Christopher Robin) and ABC television (Lucifer). Curious? Absolutely.

5. Silversun Pickups, It Doesn’t Matter Why
Widow’s Weeds (Elektra)
RIYL: Driving songs

Whenever you hear that Butch Vig, the producer behind Nirvana’s Nevermind, is behind a new project, your ears should perk up. Apparently, Butch and SSPU got along famously, which bodes well for the rest of this record that will be out June 7. The album is available for pre-order and if you can part with $300, you’ll get a limited set of signed and framed hand-written lyrics.

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