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 12:45pm, 5:45pm, and 8:45pm.
Robert Delong – Long Way Down
Sure maybe you play video games but can you make MUSIC with your controllers? That’s how California electronic artist Robert Delong started off – using WiiMotes and Sega Genesis controllers – now he has a FULL arsenal of beepy boopy equipment, which he uses to create this fusion of electronic and rock. He’ll be at the Drake December 20th.
Scott Helman – Bungalow
A brand new voice from right here in Toronto – singer songwriter Scott Helman released his debut EP Augusta in October, and if you’re a fan of Vance Joy… or Mumford and Sons… or Fun. … he put together all three and then adds his own soulful flavour. He’s opening for Shawn Mendes at The Danforth Music Hall on the 30th.
Glass Animals – Gooey
Okayyyy are you alone right now? You probably should shut the door because it’s about to get hot in here. Uk’s Glass Animals have been described as “intoxicating” “sensual” “slinky” “scintillating”. Their debut album Zaba came out in June and now it’s your turn to come up with a “synonym” for “sexy” – while listening to this one.
Close Talker – Heads
Going west, here’s a new artist from Saskatoon called Close Talker. But unlike their namesake, the band won’t make you feel awkward or like you need to back away. Quite the opposite – they make bounding, soothing melodies you’ll want to, well, get closer to. You can see em at the Garrison this week.
The Decemberists – Make You Better
Portland Oregon band The Decemberists are 14 years old and next year they’re set to release their 7th studio album What A Terrible World What a Beautiful World. Doesn’t look like they’re slowing down any time soon. Here’s the first single from that new record called “Make You Better”.