Your First Listen: Week of February 13th

Five remarkable songs you need to hear this week

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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Cold War Kids 6th album will be out April 7th and their teaser songs is kind of like rock and roll valentine’s day. It’s about surrendering to find love. If that’s not your thing, it’s also about Los Angeles, so there’s that.


Alan Rayman thinks this song sounds like it should be listened to walking down an alley while sporting a red leather jacket. So, just putting that out there should you want to take the artist’s suggestion. It’s pretty fitting because it sounds like clips of so many retro jams turned into a new track.


Marian Hill is a duo from Philly who got their name by combining two characters from the musical The Music Man. Their electro R&B synthpop has been getting a lot of love in Australia, France and Spain, AND this one was featured in an Apple Airpods ad, which surely will help ‘em out.


Mac Demarco always has the magical ability to sound like a cassette I left on the dashboard of a hot car in the 90s: kind of warped, weird, and nostalgic. He wrote his new record while moving from Queens to LA and calls it his “Italian rock record.” Sure, we expect nothing less.


Depeche Mode have been around since 1980. Their new album Spirit comes out March 17th and was produced by James Ford who’s worked with the likes of Florence and the Machine and Arctic Monkeys. Dave Gahan says it’s not overly political but definitely filled with melancholy and worry regarding the state of the world.