Your First Listen: Week of February 12th

Five remarkable songs 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 12:45 p.m., 5:45 p.m., and 8:45 p.m.

MGMT – “Me And Michael”

MGMT is back with Little Dark Age, their fourth album which is out as of February 9. They has some pretty great collaborations, Connan Mockasin and Ariel Pink, they also worked with the Flaming Lips longtime producer Dave Friedman, which is a pretty excellent pairing if you ask me. Don’t forget they’ll be at Massey Hall on March 19th!

Ellevator – “New Survival”

Not to be confused with ‘90s east coast band Elevator, Ellevator (extra ‘L’) are an experimental-pop band from Hamilton. They’re in town for two shows at the Drake February 11th and 12th and back March 16th at Rebel, this will get you prepped to sing along at the shows!

Albert Hammond Jr. – “Muted Beatings”

Another week another Strokes side project to talk about. Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. next solo album, Francis Trouble, is out March 9th, and this one is all about the ups and downs of being in love.

Nap Eyes – “Every Time The Feeling”

Here’s the latest from Nova Scotia four piece buzz band Nap Eyes. They seem to have picked the perfect name to describe their sound, also Pitchfork said they sounded like “the Velvet Underground if they ditched the leathers for wool sweaters”, which I think is pretty golden.

Brian Fallon – “Forget Me Not”

It’s going to be a busy year for Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon! The band is back together to tour for the 10th anniversary of the ‘59 Sound and he has a new solo album out, and don’t forget about his stop at the Danforth April 24th. This one’s a bit dark, covering themes of death and love after loss, but he manages to keep it sounding light.