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Playboy Playlist: Back-to-School Tunes

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With parents prepping to send their kids back to school and a select few attending FYF in Los Angeles, the music industry appears to be spending its last days of summer prepping for the big September releases. And while these doldrum days may have seemed pretty dull, we were lucky enough to hear these five new(ish) songs.


Although we haven’t heard a finished single off Ryan Adams’ ambitious full-length tribute to Taylor Swift’s 1989, the singer was generous enough to share a few sneak peaks earlier this week. The crazy sonofabitch might actually pull this off.


DEAFHEAVEN – “BROUGHT TO THE WATER”

If you’re feeling dirty for enjoying those T-Swift covers a little too much, the first single off Deafheaven’s New Bermuda is just what the doctor ordered. The nearly nine-minute journey into an instrumental abyss is far more frenzied than the transcendent singles on Sunbather; however, there’s identifiable beauty within this beast.


BEIRUT – “GIBRALTAR”

This is beginning to sound like the mixtape of a sociopath. Maybe it is.

This week Zach Condon shared the second song off No, No, No, Beirut’s follow-up to 2011’s The Rip Tide. Although we see Condon’s familiar face in the video, the song is a bit of a musical departure from what we’ve grown to love in Beirut – searing horns and entrancing strings are replaced by bongos and claps.


COURTNEY BARNETT – “NOBODY REALLY CARES IF YOU DON’T GO TO THE PARTY”

Taken from her incredible LP Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, “Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party” was captured as a pop-up show for a crowd in London’s Camden Town Plaza. The video was directed by Jon White, who utilized cell phone footage for that unmistakably personal feel.


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