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 Holy Fuck, Harry Styles, Faye Webster, and more.
Check out 16 songs you need to discover this week below.
Alexisonfire – “Reverse the Curse”
Alexisonfire have shared another new single, “Reverse the Curse.” The blistering new track comes from Alexisonfire’s first new album in 13 years, Otherness, out June 24th. On “Reverse The Curse,” the rapid track boasts a central riff that dates back to 2006. In fact, vocalist George Pettit explained to Heavy Consequence that it was on the original demo of 2009’s “Young Cardinal.” “Some riffs stick around for a while until they make sense,” Pettit explains of the “Reverse the Curse” riff. “This song has existed in one form or another since Crisis. There was even a version that we used as the original ‘Young Cardinals’ but that one wasn’t meant to be. It found its way to creation during our COVID rehearsals and I’m glad it’s finally coming to light.”
Daniel Caesar – “Please Do Not Lean (feat. BADBADNOTGOOD”
Daniel Caesar has shared a new collaborative single with BADBADNOTGOOD, “Please Do Not Lean.” The track comes from his forthcoming third full-length album, which doesn’t have a title or release date yet. “Please Do Not Lean” marks Daniel Caesar’s first official single since he dropped his 2019 duet with Brandy, “Love Again.” It also marks his first new song since signing with Republic Records. The track is a slow jam, featuring some stunning instrumentals from experimental jazz outfit BADBADNOTGOOD. “‘Please Do Not Lean’ represents a deeper understanding of myself and acknowledging the responsibilities I currently hold, respecting them and knowing my limits of when I can take on more,” Daniel Caesar explains. “This is an introduction to the sound and tone of the next chapter in my career.”
Florence + The Machine – “Free”
Florence + The Machine have shared a new Bill Nighy-starring video for “Free.” The track comes from their forthcoming album, Dance Fever, out May 13th via Polydor. On “Free” frontwoman Florence Welch sings of the joy of release post-pandemic. With lo-fi electronics and uplifting lyricism, Welch sings of the power and euphoria of music and performance. Directed by Autumn De Wilde, the “Free” video sees Welch playing herself, while Nighy (Love Actually, Pirates Of The Caribbean) plays the role of Welch’s anxiety.
Liam Gallagher – “Better Days”
Liam Gallagher is back with a video for his new single, “Better Days.” The track comes from his forthcoming album, C’mon You Know, out May 27th via Warner Records. Featuring Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner, Gallagher calls the new tune “the sound of the summer.” Lyrically, Gallagher delivers lines like, “There’ll be better days when the sun gets into you/ And the shadows of your heart/ There’ll be better days when my love will find you/ Even though we’re miles apart.” Directed by Paul Dugdale, the accompanying video follows Gallagher and co. as they perform the track on top of Manchester’s Midland Hotel. Ultimately, the new clip is a nod to the Beatles’ renowned Midland Hotel rooftop performance.
Soccer Mommy – “Unholy Affliction”
Soccer Mommy has shared a bold new single, “Unholy Affliction.” The gritty new tune comes from her forthcoming album, Sometimes, Forever, out June 24th. The brooding new tune comes packed with distorted instrumentals and powerfully unnerving melodies. On “Unholy Affliction,” Soccer Mommy delivers lines like, “I’m barely a person.” Soccer Mommy always hones in on ’90s sounds, but on “Unholy Affliction,” she leans toward the darker, grungy sounds. Today’s release feels reminiscent of artists like Nine Inch Nails or Garbage.
Lykke Li – “Highway To Your Heart”
Lykke Li has shared a video for another new single, “Highway To Your Heart.” The release comes from her forthcoming album, EYEYE, out May 20th via Play It Again Sam/Crush Music. “Highway To Your Heart” is all about a romantic breakup, as Li sings of longing to get back together with someone. Throughout the song, Li sings of loneliness, delivering lines like, “Get high, but it won’t last, I’m still alone.” The stunning tune hones in on a pretty big, lush sound, with layered organs and vocal lines. Directed by Theo Lindguist on 16 mm film, the accompanying video stars Li alongside actor Jeff Wilbusch (Oslo, Unorthodox). Lindguist describes each of the EYEYE videos as “visual loops,” and in the loop for this new tune, Li and Wilbusch are in the aftermath of a car accident.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Kepler-22b”
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have shared a colourful video for their new single, “Kepler-22b.” The track serves as the final preview of their forthcoming album Omnium Gatherum, out this Friday, April 22nd. “Kepler-22b” samples Barney McAll’s “Yemaya One.” Directed by Alex McLaren, the accompanying video comes packed with trippy, colourful animated shots. “I actually found Barney’s record at a store in New York,” King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s Cook Craig explains. “I hadn’t heard any of his stuff before, but remember putting it on and being blown away straight up. I remember thinking damn this is literally a sampler’s dream. It took me a while before I actually realized he was from Melbourne too. I guess it’s funny like that, sometimes you gotta travel halfway around the world to discover an inspiring piece of music made by someone who probably lives on the same block as you.”
Dan Mangan – “In Your Corner (for Scott Hutchison)”
Dan Mangan is back with an intimate new song, “In Your Corner (for Scott Hutchison)”. Produced by Drew Brown, the track is a direct response to Frightened Rabbit’s “The Woodpile.” Dedicated to the band’s late songwriter, “Scott Hutchison,” the track is poignant and emotive. Lyrically, Dan Mangan delivers lines like, “Leave a light on when it’s bad/ We will congregate and make a plan/ We’ll be in your corner.” “We’d only met once but Scott’s passing eviscerated me,” Dan Mangan explains. “He was my age and very close with several dear friends of mine. Either he couldn’t see how deeply he was loved by the world, or he didn’t feel worthy of it. How come he could bring joy to so many people but not to himself? I remember weeping as I poured cereal for my boys that morning. This song came very quickly in the days that followed.”
Yves Jarvis – “At The Whims”
Yves Jarvis is back with a video for his new single, “At The Whims.” The track comes from his forthcoming fourth studio album, The Zug, out May 13th. With catchy, rhythmic guitar lines and silky vocals, “At The Whims” will truly take you on a journey. The accompanying black-and-white video follows Jarvis as he dances and sings along to the track in the desert. The track depicts “the arc of civilization,” Jarvis says. “From our genesis to our self-realization (‘..We’re not at the whims! We’re out on the fringe!’), humanity’s insatiable conquest (‘Unprecedented unfolding, out from their holdings and into the fray’) resulting in our ‘rise’ the fervid leap from 0 to 1 that sets society’s wheels into motion and ‘the fall of an empire’ that looms across all epochs.”
Jane Inc. – “Human Being”
Carlyn Bezic is back with a video for her new single as Jane Inc., “Human Being.” The track serves as the final preview of her upcoming album, Faster Than I Can Take, out this Friday, April 22nd via Telephone Explosion Records. The thumping new anthem channels an electronica sound. While the instrumentals on “Human Being” are propulsive, Jane Inc. is still able to deliver vulnerable, personal lyrics. The accompanying video revolves around a closeup of Bezic’s mouth as she sings along to the tune and applies lipstick. “This is a love letter to an audience, and a song about yearning for the performing self – the self that is anonymous in a crowd, and mysterious, glamorous, and performative,” Jane Inc. explains of “Human Being.” “It came to me while applying makeup.”
Colatura – “R U Content”
Colatura have returned with a video for their new single “R U Content.” The new tune is “about the monetization of the individual as a brand,” guitarist and vocalist Digo Degorio explains. “In order to be successful these days you have to sell an alternate version of yourself that usually has no basis in reality. Authenticity as a marketing ploy. Yet we all line up, pretending aesthetic photos will make up for the hole that we are creating inside of ourselves. The lyrics ‘Are you content or are you content?’ play with the two different pronunciations of the word to ask an important question.”
Harry Styles – “As It Was”
Harry Styles is back with a video for his 80s synth-pop-influenced single, “As It Was.” Co-written by Kid Harpoon and Tyler Johnson, the song is an upbeat anthem. Lyrically, Styles delivers lines like, “Answer the phone/ Harry, you’re no good alone/ Why are you sitting at home on the floor?/ What kind of pills are you on?” In the accompanying video, Styles performs some captivating choreo in a red leotard.
Jack Johnson – “One Step Ahead”
Jack Johnson is back with a new song, “One Step Ahead.” The track comes alongside the announcement of Meet The Moonlight, out June 24th via Brushfire/Republic Records. Johnson has made the album alongside Blake Mills. “When Blake and I first got in touch we’d send each other playlists, and over time we realized we were drawn to music that sounds effortless despite all the effort put into making it,” Johnson explains. “After a while we got a language together and I gained a trust in him that allowed me to let go, push outside my comfort zone, and get to a sound I really loved.”
The Weeknd – “Out Of Time”
The Weeknd’s “Out Of Time” is a standout from his most recent album, Dawn FM. The Weeknd calls the album a “sonic experience.” Dawn FM serves as the follow-up to 2020’s explosive hit, After Hours. The 16-track, collab-heavy collection features contributions from Tyler, the Creator, Lil Wayne, Quincy Jones, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Jim Carrey. The record welcomes listeners into the “painless transition” of the great beyond. All in all, the record is definitely more of a dance-worthy collection than its predecessor.
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. “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.
Father John Misty – “Goodbye Mr. Blue”
Josh Tillman has released a new track as Father John Misty, “Goodbye Mr. Blue.” The track comes from his new album Chloë and The Next 20th Century. Featuring production from his longtime collaborator, Jonathan Wilson, the swirling single is an emotional acoustic ballad. With 70s-tinged guitar lines and wounded vocals, “Goodbye Mr. Blue” is a vulnerable, melancholic tune. The track sees Tillman singing of forcing himself to get out of bed because it could be the last time he does so. Throughout “Goodbye Mr. Blue,” Tillman delivers emotive lines like, “Love’s always gonna leave ya/ No matter what they say/ You only know what it is/ Once it’s gone away.”
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