Your First Listen: Week of August 23rd

Ellevator on Your First Listen

Each week we feature five remarkable songs that 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 Monday to Friday during the following times: 1:50pm / 6:50pm / 8:50pm.

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Ellevator – “Easy”

Hamilton, Ontario trio Ellevator are back with a video for their new single “Easy” via Arts & Crafts. The new tune is a precursor to their debut album, out in early 2022. Former Death Cab For Cutie member Chris Walla produced “Easy.” On the track, Ellevator leans into the sounds of late-aughts guitar music, and nods to indie acts like Spoon and Feist. The emotive, hook-driven indie rock anthem is all about frontwoman Nabi Sue Bersche’s time in a cult. The accompanying Cam Veitch-directed video was shot entirely in their hometown.

Dooms Children – “Psyche Hospital Blues”

Alexisonfire’s Wade MacNeil has shared a new track under his psych-rock pseudonym, Dooms Children. “Psyche Hospital Blues” is about MacNeil’s personal experiences during rehab in 2020. “This is the most personal music I have ever released,” MacNeil explains. “I tried to be honest (brutally at times) and not hide meaning or intent behind flowery language.” He recently performed the track for our recurring Live From Home series, which you can check out here.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – “Survivor”

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are returning with their third studio album The Future that is set to release on November 5 via Stax Records. Sharing a little preview of what’s to come, the group released a brand new single. “Survivor” is a vivacious rock anthem that asks the important questions: “I’m afraid that the weight of the world is catching up to you / I’m afraid to admit that it’s catching up to me too / Does the weight continue to grow until it finally buries you?”

Loviet – “Chemical”

Pop-rocker Loviet has teased her forthcoming album with a new single called “Chemical.” The breezy new sun-drenched tune is a perfectly nostalgic song of the summer. “This song was written with Nathan Ferraro in late spring 2019,” Loviet explains. “I kinda came to Nathan without anything. No released music, no explanation for why I was even working with him (a dude that’s written with some pretty amazing heavyweights on the scene). I just told him a bit about myself and my roots and we wrote a song. All about our mutually cool small town, summer crazed teenage pasts.”

The Killers – “In The Car Outside”

“In The Car Outside” serves as the centerpiece to The Killers’ new album Pressure Machine. This new track feels almost like a race to nowhere, capturing an energetic restlessness. The Killers’ new album sees the band painting a portrait of small-town America. Where their last album seemed to channel wide open spaces, this record looks at the intricacies of small-town life.


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