Each week we feature five remarkable songs that 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.
Kurt Vile – “One Trick Ponies”
Kurt Vile is back with his first new solo record in a few years. Bottle It In just came out on October 12th, and though he’s booked to tour the US until the end of the year, he’ll be heading Toronto on February 16th at The Danforth Music Hall, which will be great because this one will sound golden live.
Carmanah – “Nightmare”
Victoria, BC’s Carmanah were here with Hey Ocean! on October 17th promoting their latest album Speak In Rhythms. They say this rack is about “yearning for the arms of a loved one when you don’t feel safe.”
The Gang of Youths – “Let Me Down Easy”
If you want to hear what’s big in Australia, here you go! Gang of Youths went platinum down under with their brand of baroque pop-rock. Here’s their latest.
Dan Mangan – “Cold In The Summer”
Dan Mangan’s new record More or Less will be out November 2nd, and a few days earlier on October 28th, Mangan and comedian Charlie Demers will host a variety show on Instagram Live, which I think is delightful and weird. He’s described this track as the existential crux of the album.
Lil Peep & XXXtentacion – “Falling Down”
This track has been getting a lot of attention, as it’s a collab by two young artists who passed away in 2018 (and never worked together while they were alive). As per the track’s producer, XXXtentacion heard a snippet of Lil Peep’s album session on YouTube and wanted to be part of it and started to record his own parts to it. When X died his mother reached out to Lil Peep’s management, and apparently it was the mothers of both artists that made this song happen to help bring healing and closure.