It’s time for Your First Listen, where we show you songs you need to discover this week!
Each week we feature five remarkable songs that you need to hear on Your First Listen on air. In case you miss them on air, you can catch up on the weekly tracks right here. Your First Listen airs Monday to Friday during the following times: 1:50pm / 6:50pm / 8:50pm.
Online, we expand the list with a couple more tunes. This week, we’ve gotten some amazing fresh cuts from Maggie Rogers, The Smile, Father John Misty, Wet Leg, and more.
Check out 15 songs you need to discover this week below.
Maggie Rogers – “That’s Where I Am”
Viral alt-pop artist Maggie Rogers has made her highly anticipated return with a new single, “That’s Where I Am.” After stepping back to work on her academics, Maggie Rogers is back with “That’s Where I Am.” The track comes from her recently announced album, Surrender, out July 29th via Polydor. The upbeat, maximalist tune boasts some dreamy, layered production and unique overlaid vocals. Throughout the track, Maggie Rogers sings of her commitment to a love interest that started as a friend. Lyrically, Rogers delivers lines like, “It all works out in the end/ Wherever you go/ That’s where I am.”
The Smile – “Pana-vision”
The Smile, made up of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood and Sons of Kemet’s Tom Skinner, have shared a new single “Pana-vision.” Yorke also released a new instrumental called “That’s How Horses Are.” Both of these tracks premieres on the April 3rd episode of Peaky Blinders, “Lock and Key.” “Pana-vision” is an eerie tune that revolves around an ominous piano line. Lyrically, Yorke delivers lines like, “My eyes are open wide and now I see you/ Without your robes on, without your crown.” Alongside the track, The Smile shared a music video boasting haunting graphics from animator Sabrina Nichols and artist Stanley Donwood.
Father John Misty – “The Next 20th Century”
Josh Tillman has shared a new single as Father John Misty, “The Next 20th Century.” The track serves as one of two title tracks to his new album, Chloë And The Next 20th Century, out April 8th via Sub Pop and Bella Union. Today’s single clocks in at a whopping seven minutes, making for a sprawling, brooding preview of the record. The ambitious tune opens with atmospheric instrumentals before exploding into piercing guitars and dense images. Lyrically, Tillman sings of struggling to love in a world that revolves around commodifying everything.
Interpol – “Toni”
Interpol have returned with a video for their new single, “Toni.” The track comes on the heels of their freshly announced album, The Other Side of Make-Believe, out July 15th via Matador. On the album, Interpol are set to explore new sonic territory. Throughout the track, the band explores “the sinister undercurrents of contemporary life,” a press release explains. Today’s preview, “Toni,” serves as the opening track to Interpol’s 7th studio album. Alongside the single, Interpol have shared a one piece of a two-part dance film directed by Van Alpert. In the clip, frontman Paul Banks stands on the sidelines of a pretty epic dance battle. The second chapter is set to follow very soon.
Aurora – “The Woman I Am”
Aurora has shared a new single called “The Woman I Am.” The punchy tune comes from a special deluxe edition of her recent album, The Gods We Can Touch. “The Woman I Am” boasts danceable instrumentals and climbing vocal lines. With a catchy beat and pulsing synths, you’re sure to find yourself bopping along to this tune. “This is an ode to feminine divinity,” Aurora explains of “The Woman I Am.” “It’s not always easy to find your place in this world made for men, as a woman. To find yourself. To learn that you are a source of life, of power, craft, thought and love. Not only a vessel.”
Wet Leg – “Ur Mum”
Wet Leg have shared a video for another new single, “Ur Mom.” The track comes from their brand new self-titled debut album. This release, “Ur Mom” is an insult-ridden anthem directed at an ex-boyfriend. Lyrically, Wet Leg deliver lines like, “When I think about what you’ve become, I feel sorry for your mum.” The accompanying video is retro and cinematic, interspersed with clips of the band performing along to the track. “I was pretty angry at the way things had gone in this particular dynamic,” Wet Leg explains. “It’s just a diss song I wrote to make myself feel better. It worked.”
Florist – “Red Bird Pt. 2 (Morning)”
Brooklyn band Florist are back with a video for their new single, “Red Bird Pt. 2 (Morning).” The track arrives on the heels of their freshly announced self-titled album, out July 29th via Double Double Whammy. Made up of Emily Sprague, Jonny baker, Rick Spataro, and Felix Walworth, Florist are readying the follow-up to 2019’s Emily Alone. After releasing what was essentially a solo album, Sprague recruited the rest of the band for this new record. This preview, “Red Bird Pt. 2 (morning),” really celebrates that theme of connection atop stunning acoustic and atmospheric instrumentals.
Art d’Ecco – “Only Ones”
Art d’Ecco is back with a video for his new single, “Only Ones.” The track arrives on the heels of his freshly announced album, After the Head Rush, out June 24th via Paper Bag Records. On the track, Art d’Ecco channels his signature glam rock sound. With wailing guitar riffs, rollicking percussion, and catchy, airy vocals, you’re sure to find yourself stomping along to the tune. Directed by Brandon William Fletcher, the accompanying video sees Art d’Ecco and his backing band performing along to the tune in front of a white backdrop.
Neon Dreams – “Little Dance”
Halifax duo Neon Dreams return with video for new single “Little Dance.” The new song is all about a shark encounter. After finishing up a tour in South Africa last year, Neon Dreams frontman Frank Kadillac went shark diving. Although he had a fear of drowning, he still jumped into the water. But, when he opened his eyes, he was face-to-face with a shark. Immediately, a melody flew into his head and he jumped out of the water to record a voice note.
Skye Wallace – “Everything Is Fine”
Skye Wallace is back with a video for her new single, “Everything Is Fine.” After two years of COVID-19, Wallace is ready to look at the question “How are you?” and understand why it’s so difficult to answer. Throughout the tune, she asks her friends and herself this tough question. Ultimately, the track is all about avoiding dwelling on your mistakes, and reassuring yourself that “Everything Is Fine.” “Everything Is Fine” sees Skye Wallace finding strength in vulnerability.
TOPS – “Perfected Steps”
Montreal’s TOPS are back with a new single, “Perfected Steps.” The track comes from their freshly announced EP, Empty Seats, out May 10th via Musique Tops. The breezy new tune is a six-minute single all about someone that’s stuck in the past. Laidback anthem “Perfected Steps” sees TOPS singing of someone aging out of their political views. “‘Perfected Steps’ is about some right wing aging loser clinging to their glory days, values out of sync with reality,” TOPS’ Jane Penny explains. “It feels like for some reason people like this still have an enormous presence in everybody’s lives and it’s super irritating. We thought that maybe if we write a song placing this mentality in the past where it belongs we could bully this vibe peacefully out of existence.”
Jesse Mac Cormack – “All At Once”
Montreal songwriter and producer Jesse Mac Cormack has shared “All At Once,” the final single from his new album, SOLO, out now. Alongside the track, Mac Cormack has shared a live performance video, directed by Félix-Antoine Boutin and Thomas Leblanc-Murray. “Watching that song come alive was a good buzz,” Mac Cormack says. “It was easy and felt very natural. Surrounded by such an amazing team, it was just about closing my eyes and trusting everyone around me. Absolutely loved it.”
Finneas – “Naked”
Finneas’ first single of 2022, “Naked,” is definitely a must-listen. The track is all about a breakup, as Finneas sings lines like, “I don’t like the taste of cigarettes or your complaining” and “I can’t believe you’ve seen me naked.” The new tune serves as the follow up to his 2021 debut album, Optimist, which came out last October.
AVIV – “You Feel Like Depression”
Canadian teen indie pop artist AVIV’s new song, “You Feel Like Depression,” is a heartfelt, emotional single. AVIV explains that the track is about “self-guilt, self-blame and an overall feeling of failure. This feeling is amplified when the person with whom you’ve ended the relationship blames you for the breakup.”
The Indiana Drones – “To Be Free”
Windsor’s The Indiana Drones have returned with their new single, “To Be Free.” The gritty track revolves around driven guitars, punky melodies, and brooding vocal lines. Lyrically, The Indiana Drones deliver lines like, “I just want everyone to love me.”
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