Your First Listen: Week of August 14

Five remarkable tracks 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.

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The Barr Brothers – “It Came to Me”

Montreal’s The Barr Brothers are beloved live performers who have been crafting their unique sound since they were kids. In fact, that’s what Andrew Barr tributes this songs’ creation to; the musical improv he and his brother have done since they were young.


Cold War Kids – “So Tied Up” ft. Bishop Briggs

Well this is a match made in indie rock heaven. Cold War Kids hooked up with label mate Bishop Briggs in between both of their busy tour schedules and, without rehearsing, managed to record this track in 2 hours! It’s off Cold War kids new record, here’s “So Tied Up”

Amy Shark – “ADORE”

The buzz is building around Amy Shark, the Australian singer-songwriter and filmmaker had this song as a demo on her laptop just a year ago, and since its release it has been spreading like wildfire all across the globe. Lena Dunham even uses some of her lyrics in her bio. Needless to say she’s been getting a lot of attention. And here’s why.

The Head and the Heart – “City of Angels”

Though Seattle may be synonymous with Grunge, let’s not forget about the gorgeous indie-folk bands coming out of the Pacific Northwest, including The Head and the Heart. Here’s their summery tribute to LA, “City of Angels.”

Ben Stevenson – “Yellow Bird”

Local artist Ben Stevenson has announced his debut Cara Cara will be out September 22, and features some solid influences like Brazilian Samba and T. Rex, and some solid guests like members of DIANA and BadBadNotGood. This one’s reminiscent of Beck’s Sea Change record, and perfect for an afternoon on Toronto Island.