New Music Mondays | 01.22.18

Stay warm with these hot new tracks! #NMM

Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)’ – Bleachers

“I think it’s safe to say 2018 will be the year of Jack Antonoff. This week Antonoff announced he is curating the movie soundtrack for ‘Love, Simon’ and to celebrate released ‘Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)’. This is the first we’ve heard new music from Bleachers since their second album that was released in June of last year. While this is a not so typical love song, it is also a not so typical Bleachers song. While most of Antonoff’s previous work is at times very heavy, Alfie’s Song is light and perfect for a teen movie. It’s structure is much more in line with today’s pop song rather than Bleacher’s “experimental” sound as well. While it may have been written with a particular movie in mind the song can definitely stand alone.” – Marisa Kenny

Dead Alive – Flipped’ – The Shins

The Shins recently released a re-imagined version of their 2017 album Heartworms. The concept of this new version was to essentially ‘flip’ each song, changing the tempo, instrumentation, etc. to make it feel completely new. The flipped version of ‘Dead Alive’ is slow and brooding, a completely different take on the bouncy, upbeat original release. It features a simple piano mixed with intermittent violin as a background for James Mercer’s voice. Mercer also manages to evoke an entirely different meaning from the same lyrics on the flipped version. This time around, ‘Dead Alive’ feels like Mercer struggling with a painful bout of nostalgia for a lost love one rather than the happy remembrance of the original.” – Grant Foskett

Abominable Snowman’ – Summer Salt

Summer Salt, the Old time and rock n roll trio releases their new single, ‘Abominable Snowman.’ Summer Salt has continued to show relevance in the indie scene with their multiple releases in 2017. Their new track, ‘Abominable Snowman’ strays away from the poolside summer vibes that defined their July 2017 release entitled ‘So Polite.’ Instead, the new track depicts the laziness that comes with being home for the holidays, although it still possesses Summer Salt’s signature easygoing and relaxed sound. The track’s easy and dreamy melodies serve as a refreshing tune after a long day of classes and responsibilities. With the arrival of the new semester, this track is sure to provoke feelings of nostalgia which will leave you longing to be at home by the fireplace.” – Kristen Tabia

 

I Wanna Be Everybody’ – Hockey Dad

Your favorite pals from Windang, Australia served up a second single from their upcoming album Blend Inn, out February 9th. Hockey Dad’s ‘I Wanna Be Everybody’ is another surf-rock jam that carries on the laid-back yet unequivocally energetic sound of the young duo. After an opening that feels reminiscent of Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, the song melts into flat and punchy, straight-to-the-point verses. Zach Stephenson sings with a raw, bemoaning quality that aligns with the feeling that the lyrics and title exude. There’s a sense of exasperation felt throughout the track, as the verses lament ‘I can’t bring myself to tell the same lies/…The fact that I can’t be me is just so sad.’ Billy Fleming’s intense and satisfyingly raucous drumming builds at the chorus and joins Stephenson’s guitar for a brilliantly headbanging refrain that is simple yet emotionally-rich. Hockey Dad continues to play into their youthful energy and angst, while also adding a layer of experience and growth that is felt in ‘I Wanna Be Everybody,’ and is likely to be reflected in the entirety of Blend Inn.” – Casey Martin

About Marisa Kenny 12 Articles
Marisa Kenny is a third year Music Industry major from Cape Cod, MA. Marisa's passions in life include: stopping random people on the street to pet their dog, crying over Waitress the Musical, and wondering if Magic Man will ever return from their hiatus. Check out her radio show Casual Thursday 12-1pm.

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