Top 5 New Music Friday 4.28.2017

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IT’S TIME! For some great lo-fi late night bedroom bangers! I know that’s a paradox but I’m just saying that these songs are the songs you want to have late at night or early in the morning as you watch the sunrise.

Shout Out Louds “Oh Oh”

The Shout Out Louds’ 2005 “Howl Howl Gaff Gaff” was one of the first albums I downloaded on iTunes. I was about 12 years old, listening on my first iPod, and I didn’t understand most of it but I loved it. I made all my friends listen to it. Some of them loved it, too, and we passed the CD I burned of it around our group of friends so we could take it home and upload it to our libraries and sync it to our iPods (oh, the olden days…). It’s an album that I’ve carried with me across all my succeeding iPods and then phones and now music streaming platforms. It makes a lot more sense to me now than it did. It’s so enthralling that they’re still making music, because it reminds me of the beginning of my music journey– how significant a role music has always been in my life (whether or not I always realized)– and of simpler times when you could like music just because it sounded nice and sharing music with your friends meant lending them the discs you burned. Not to mention that they’ve aged in a timeless fashion, adapting to the changing landscape without losing the integrity of their original sound– their new stuff is reminiscent but not a repeat of “Howl Howl Gaff Gaff” and it couldn’t be any more wonderful.

Mt. Joy “Cardinal”

A song about being happy, even though life is absurd, unpredictable, and sometimes really hard without the promise of great reward? And birds? Sign me up. Mt. Joy singer Matt Quinn says of the song: “I saw a cardinal flying around in the snow, and joked with a friend that maybe he just got high or something and missed his flight south for the winter. That Cardinal really seemed to be thriving out there though. A lot of people I love are a lot like that cardinal, so this song is for them. Not everyone takes the traditional path, and that’s really what makes the world interesting. So, if you’re truly happy, don’t let other people try to tell you how to live.”

Hazel English “Love Is Dead”

Hazel English sounds like a hazy summer beach day, riding your bike up and down the coast, stopping for ice cream, and digging your toes in the sand to watch the sun set below the distant, blurred horizon. Bonfires with the sound of the waves crashing in the background, and then going home and laying in bed, staring at the ceiling because you’re exhausted but too wired to sleep.

The Japanese House “Saw You In A Dream”

The Japanese House makes lush, dreamy, brooding music that fits equally well in a late night vibes playlist or a drinks on the patio with friends playlist. “Saw You In A Dream”

NIHILS “Put You Back Together”

NIHILS released their long awaited debut full length album today, titled “Perspectives.” When you hit play, “Put You Back Together” is the first thing you’ll hear, and it’s a perfect introduction to a dark and starry slew of songs, ending appropriately with “All over Again,” which is exactly what you should continue to do. The titles of the songs read like an E. E. Cummings poem (“Not a man of violence/where/haze/prison/playing/All over again” eh?) and the whole album sounds like a late night drive through the sleepy hills of LA, every time you make a turn you get a different vantage point of the glowing city below.

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