Guess who’s back, back again
Tory’s back, tell a friend,
Guess who’s back,
guess who’s back
You get it. I’m back. And I’m being a little over dramatic about it. I have a weekend playlist for you guys for the first time in over a month. Things have been wild and exciting and depressing and fresh, but ultimately amazing here, but that’s for another post (coming soon, I promise). For this post, I just have five outstanding songs you should jam to this weekend. Perfect for summer, for dreaming, for loving, for looking up and for dancing. Of course. Always dancing. (Stream these songs, and the rest of the music from The Sundaze at Sound Cloud. Link to the “2nd 100” playlist here).
Moses Sumney “Everlasting Sigh” I had the happy fortune of getting to hear Moses Sumney at the Hollywood Bowl last summer (opening for St. Vincent and Erykah Badu), and since then I’ve been hooked. I was sitting in the last row, quite possibly a mile away, and his voice filled the entire bowl to the brim, you could feel it even from the top. All of his music is outstanding, but this song is everything. It’s beautiful, just beautiful, from start to finish, vocals to percussion, melody to lyrics. If this is any indicator of what’s to come, consider me more excited than I can handle.
Westerman “Jericho” It starts gently, eases into a little bit of something kind of funky, and then lulls you out the back end like nothing ever happened. It’s like a dream you wake up from, and slowly start to recall throughout the day, until you lay back down at the end of the day and it all comes rushing back to you. But it’s a happy dream, cautiously beautiful, a little strange, maybe, and it sends you to sleep with the tiniest of grins.
Thai Mason “Look Up” It’s a combination of the quirky, indietronica-inspired background beat, the English accent clearly audible in the rapping, and the positivity of the chorus (You gotta look up, you gotta look up, up off the ground, turn all your bad days around…) that really makes this a charming and catchy song. Perfect for the coming summer.
Shitbaby Mammals “When I’m With You” Not gonna hide anything here, I think you know exactly what drew me to this track initially. Any band called anything “shitbaby” is worth a quick listen, at least. And what a pleasant surprise, the song is actually kind of… Nice. It’s a little grungy, a little rough around the edges, but in essence, it really is a sweet little love song. You don’t have to tell your crush it’s by a band called “Shitbaby Mammals,” unless you think they’d be into that sort of thing, in which case, go ahead and tell them. I don’t know, I don’t know how dating works. Obviously. Shitbaby.
Terror Jr. “Sugar” The highly anticipated second single from Terror Jr., who released “Three Strikes” to great acclaim just a month ago. This second release is just as bouncy and groovy as the first, and it starts to give a strong idea of what sets Terror Jr. ahead of the game (think strong production credits, versatile vocals, and creative songwriting). And as their Sound Cloud page says, “Even angels had to stab a few people.”