Friday, June 24, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat

Hot Hot Heat – “Kid Who Stays In The Picture” (After a long period of inactivity, Hot Hot Heat returned this week with their self-titled fifth and final album via Kaw-Liga Records.  The Vancouver-based band goes out with a bang as the new album is bristling with the type of energetic and highly-melodic dance rock - outfitted with strange synths, angular rhythms and infectious pop hooks - that first brought the band to our attention back in 2002.)   

Red Hot Chili Peppers – “We Turn Red” (RHCP recently returned with The Getaway, their first album in five years and second with new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.  On the album - out now via Warner Bros - they’ve collaborated with producer Danger Mouse who blends his string-leaden 60’s pop-noir aesthetic to their funk-rock to great effect.  Check out the dynamic, politically-charged single with its stuttering beat and aching slide guitar here.)  

Radiohead – “Burn The Witch” (With a rumbling synth-led undertone and dark, percussive pizzicato strings; the debut single from Radiohead’s ninth album, A Moon Shaped Pool churns with paranoid intensity as Yorke emotes his trademark soaring vocal melodies for a nice study in contrasts.  The new album - out now via XL Recordings - leans more organic; toward guitars and strings as opposed to the synths that have dominated their music as of late, blending the two to perfection.)


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