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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Twenty One Pilots – “HeavyDirtySoul”
This band had a meteoric rise, and ended 2016 as one of the biggest rock artists of the year. The band brings back the sound of the early 2000s that you might have tried to forget about. But perhaps there’s a reason why it was popular in the first place.
Jim James – “Here In Spirit”
There are some things that happen that are so wrong and so heartbreaking you may feel so utterly devastated you just don’t know what to do. My Morning Jacket’s frontman Jim James wrote this song after taking part in a Los Angeles rally following the Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando. He was so utterly gutted that things like this keep happening that he wrote this one about speaking out for equality and each other.
Car Seat Headrest – “Drunk Drivers / Killer Whales”
Some band names you have to wonder about – here’s the latest from Car Seat Headrest, a Virginian band that started out as a project from singer-songwriter Will Toledo. His voice reminds me of Beck’s melodic moments a bit. In this one he compares drunk drivers to killer whales, as they are both unpredictable forces that can destroy…and it doesn’t have to be like this.
Ryan Adams – “Do You Still Love Me?”
You always hope that there’s a silver lining to the worst of times in life, but however horrible, heartbreak has proven to be quite great for songwriting. Case in point the latest from Ryan Adams, who while going through a devastating divorce wrote this one which will be on his new record Prisoner coming out February 17th.
Heat – “Sometimes”
Here’s a taste of what’s to come in 2017 from Montreal Post punk Heat. Definitely has an ’80s vibe and some Johnny Marr-esque guitar vibes.