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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Rag’n’Bone Man – “SKIN”
You know British singer-songwriter Rory Graham as the bluesy, gruff-voiced Rag’n’ Bone Man behind the song “Human”. Now, check out his softer side, a love song that might just melt and break your heart at the same time.
MAGGIE ROGERS – “ON + OFF”
Maggie Rogers grew up playing banjo in eastern Maryland. After taking a trip to France and discovering house music she tried to mix the natural world with beats while studying music at NYU. After her track “Alaska” was given the stamp of approval by Pharrell during a Masterclass YouTube video, the spotlight became focused on her. She calls her EP her “thesis” in pop music. I give her an A+.
SAINT MOTEL – “BORN AGAIN”
Did anyone ever call you a bad influence? In this track, Saint Motel references the time a friend’s parents were worried about him and sent him away to find religion and…get born again. Apparently, he wasn’t be allowed to stay friends with the band, but years later they reconnected and voila! A song about the experience.
BNQT – “RESTART”
What do you get when you combine members of Band of Horses, Midlake, Franz Ferdinand, and Grandaddy? The group BNQT (pronounced Banquet). Here’s their first track.
JAIN – “COME”
Get ready to hear more about Jain, a French artist who can thank Myspace for her career boost. But let’s not discredit her unique music: she travelled a lot as a child, taking her inspiration from living in places like Congo, Dubai and Abu Dabi, and putting them into her tracks.