Your First Listen: Week of July 10th

5 remarkable songs you need to hear

Each week we feature five remarkable songs you need to hear on Your First Listen. In case you miss them on air, you can catch up on the weekly tracks right here.

Your First Listen airs weekdays at 12:45 p.m., 5:45 p.m., and 8:45 p.m.

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Arcade Fire – “Signs of Life”

It’s clear Arcade Fire loves teasers, and if they’d tease us anymore they’d probably be a few tracks away from giving up the entire album! Everything Now is out July 28th, it was produced by Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk and a lot of it came together in New Orleans – I hear both influences on this one, you?
 

The National – “Guilty Party”

The National’s Sleep Well Beast is due out September 8, and they say it’s an album of theirs like none-other. You can hear the moody and melancholy National you know on this track, but you can tell there is a different percussion vibe and keys, it’s sonically different indeed.
 

Stars – “Privilege”

Stars has a new album en route, they say they made it “for ourselves, for our kids, and for you.” To get you ready they release two tracks, one being this gem showcasing the beloved and enchanting vocals of Amy Millan.
 

Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”

Well, Imagine Dragons have done it again, blending genres, solid beats and a creating one catchy tune! Their latest album, Evolve, came out last month, and no doubt this will be a hit when they headline WayHome in a few weeks!
 

Honors – “Over”

Let’s get local! Here’s the latest from much buzzed Toronto 4 piece, Honors. This track has already clocked in over 2.5 million Youtube streams, and it seems like they’re ready for a US takeover with the American spelling of honors (maybe I’m just a grammar nerd.) Honors manage to be smooth and gritty, let this one slink into your ears.