If you’re expecting to find Sam Smith’s Disney prince of a James Bond theme, you’ve come to the wrong place. However, below you’ll find five songs that might have slipped through the cracks, but could still make your week a little bit brighter.
JEFF LYNNE’S ELO – “WHEN I WAS A BOY”
I jokingly (butseriously) considered repeating Electric Light Orchestra’s new single five times to construct this entire list. Because after a 14-year dry spell, anyone could have assumed that we had heard the last of pop virtuoso Jeff Lynne. But the 67-year-old singer-songwriter/composer/multi-instrumentalist/insanely-underrated-genius revealed that come November 13th, ELO will share their 14th studio album. And the world will be a better place because of it.
BROKEN BELLS – “IT’S THAT TALK AGAIN”
Broken Bells, the lovechild of The Shins’ James Mercer and Gnarls Barkley’s Danger Mouse (née Brian Burton), treated us to our first taste of their uniquebrand of persuasive synth rock since 2014’s After The Disco in “It’s That Talk Again.” There’s been no mention of a new BB LP attached to this release, and that’s unfortunate.
CHVRCHES – “WHAT DO YOU MEAN?” (JUSTIN BIEBER COVER)
Scottish synth-pop trio stopped by the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge to escort Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?” to an 80s dance party. CHVRCHES latest album Every Open Eye is out today via Glassnote.
SPORTS – “GET BUMMED OUT”
Formed by five classmates at a small liberal arts school in Ohio, Sports know what it’s like to be on the precipice of adulthood. “Get Bummed Out” sounds like post-high school heartbreak.
FATHER JOHN MISTY
In his newest ballad that isn’t a Velvet Underground-styled cover of a cover of a Taylor Swift song, Father John Misty continues to be lovably critical of pop culture.