Don’t worry, if your musical appetite was occupied during the short week by Rihanna’s latest music video, you’re fully forgiven. “Bitch Better Have My Money” is one hell of an earworm, and when it’s complemented by a boob and butt-filled visual like that…COME ON! But while you were trying to take the perfect screenshot of Ri’s butt in the pool, we were busy collecting the week’s criminally underappreciated musical achievements. Enjoy.
FATHER JOHN MISTY – “THE SUBURBS” (ARCADE FIRE COVER)
Undeniably the week’s most exciting musical moment came when CBC Music unveiled a video featuring Father John Misty’s transcendent acoustic cover of Arcade Fire’s 2010 title track “The Suburbs.” Few covers do justice to their originals, but Josh Tillman—alone in a shed in Vancouver—croons an instant classic that may actually rival the six-member group’s Grammy-winning recording…and he did it on their home turf.
BLOOD ORANGE – “DO YOU SEE MY SKIN THROUGH THE FLAMES?”
Every day we witness our favorite musical artists on Twitter, Instagram, and other social platforms where they express personal opinions and comment on current issues, but this week Dev Hynes broke through the 140-character boundary and went long-form. But he didn’t blog. He didn’t write an op-ed. He used his music. In an epic, 11-minute track entitled “Do You See My Skin Through The Flames” Hynes poetically revealed his hurt, as you’ll hear in lines like “Charleston left me broken down but it’s just another day to you.” Hynes was kind enough to provide the song’s heartfelt lyrics on the Soundcloud page, where he also noted that this is not a part of a larger record.
TAME IMPALA – “NANGS”
In a new video teaser for their forthcoming LP, Currents, Tame Impala previewed a fleeting and clip of an unheard track, which is said to be titled “Nangs.” Currents is due out July 17th via Interscope.
DISCLOSURE – “HOLDING ON” FT. GREGORY PORTER
A few weeks back we heard “Holding On,” the first part of Disclosure’s impending sophomore LP, Caracal. And earlier this week, the Lawrence brothers shared its visual, which they described on Twitter as being the first part of a series of four that will ultimately be a unified short film also called Caracal. The first chapter introduces us to the familiar storyline of a young female protagonist who joins a rebellion against an oppressive regime of future cops.
Caracal (the record) is due out on September 25th via PMR/Island.
WAVVES x CLOUD NOTHINGS
This week a pleasant surprise arrived when Wavves and Cloud Nothings dropped their collab LP No Life For Me on Sunday. The album is available on iTunes, and you can stream it in its entirety above.