Your First Listen (Week of Dec. 8)

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

The War on Drugs – Under The Pressure

New one from Philadelphia band, The War on Drugs – and you get more of their Springsteen-esque Americana-meets-psychedelic trip-out in this track, “Under the Pressure”. Take a moment for yourself to stare straight into nothing – take some of that pressure off and enjoy the daydream. From their album, Lost in the Dream.

Brave Shores – Dancing Underwater

Ready for a new one from Toronto brother and sister synth pop duo, Brave Shores? They released their 8-song, self-titled EP in November at a packed show at the Drake here in Toronto. You’ve heard the first single, “Never Come Down”. This one is just as fun and uplifting, but it’s almost like it moves in slow motion – makes sense if you’re “Dancing Underwater”.

SBTRKT ft. Ezra Koenig – New Dorp. New York

Subtract – spelled “SBTRKT” – is an electronic and remix project from UK artist Adam Jerome. You might’ve heard about his shows at the Danforth Music Hall when he was in town on Halloween weekend. He’s remixed tracks by Radiohead, M.I.A., and lots more. Now, he’s teamed up with Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig for this one. You’re gonna get hooked on this.

Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – Mouthpiece

January 13th – that’s when you can pick up the new album from Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. It’s gonna be called Club Meds. From what you’ve heard so far, it’s a little darker, a little more intense than what Dan’s done before. Got to see him perform this new one this summer at a festival in Elora, and it was wild. Seeing them play, you’d have to agree his backing band Blacksmith clearly deserve the love they’re getting – they deserve to be in the name of the project itself.

Belle and Sebastian – The Party Line

Scottish band Belle and Sebastian are coming up on the 20-year mark, and in January, you’ll be getting their 9th studio album. It’s called Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance. You’ll be able to see them in the spring when they hit Massey Hall in April, and you better bring your dancing shoes if this song is any indication. “The Party Line” sees Belle and Sebastian hopping onto the revived disco trend, and doing it right.