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 12:45 p.m., 5:45 p.m., and 8:45 p.m.
Kaleo – “All The Pretty Girls”
How many bands do you know from Texas via Iceland? Kaleo worked their way into your ears last year with “Way Down We Go” and they’re back with perhaps the other side after wherever way down they went. It’s interesting that this one sounds like the opposite of their first hit – and a bit more like Bon Iver. They’ve traded deep vocals for a soft falsetto on “All The Pretty Girls”.
Bastille – “Blame”
According to Bastille, this track “is about a dramatic stand off between two gangsters and nods to American History X and The Godfather.” Fair enough! Think about that image while listening to “Blame.”
Strand Of Oaks – “Radio Kids”
Strand Of Oaks is the project of Timothy Showalter, who’s been plugging away in the Philly scene long before the attention he received after his last release. Strand of Oaks’ new album is out February 17th, and this one is about his youth and the simpler times; before everything was at your finger tips and the feeling of waiting for and hearing your favourite song on the radio
The Lumineers – “Sleep on the Floor”
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you’ve likely heard of the Denver-via-New Jersey indie folk band the Lumineers. They kicked up their songwriting and storytelling on the new album Cleopatra, and here’s another one of the songs that paints a picture for you.
The Jesus & Mary Chain – “Amputation”
FINALLY! The Jesus And Mary Chain have announced their first release In 18 Years! You have to wait until the end of March for Damage And Joy, so hopefully this one tides you over. It’s so good it’s worth playing on repeat until March, at least.