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.
Death Cab For Cutie – “Million Dollar Loan”
When the world of politics gets crazy you can usually rely on one thing happening: great protest music. Right now many artists from America have united to protest Donald Trump by releasing one song a day for the 30 days leading up to the US Election. The project is called “30 days, 30 songs” and leading the way is Death Cab For Cutie with a new track all about catching Trump in a lie.
The Beaches – “Give It Up”
This Toronto band has been on our radar even before they were even old enough to play bars. Over the last two years they self-released their first EP, toured with Mother Mother and got signed to Island records. The Beaches, which is also where they hail from, are now back with this catchy new gem – and get ready to sing along to this one when they play Wayhome’s Home for the Holidays show in November.
Rag’n’Bone Man – “Human”
Sometimes it’s interesting to hear what’s really popular in other countries, and right now you’re about to hear what’s gone to number one in both Germany and Austria. Rag N Bone Man, real name Rory Graham, started out as an MC as a teen but apparently one evening his Dad encouraged him to sing a blues track at an open mic night and his sound evolved to what it is now. Check out these soulful vocals and solid beats “Human”.
Billy Moon – “Roads”
For all the reviews out there, sometimes it can be interesting to see what a band says for themselves. According to Billy Moon “The music of Billy Moon is meant for the periods of your life when everything sucks except for your favourite record.” Fair enough, but feel free to enjoy this even if everything doesn’t suck and see Billy Moon at the Horseshoe on October 20th.
Sylvan Esso – “Radio”
Sylvan Esso is a duo made up of indie folk singer Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn and the combination is anything but folk pop. Get ready to dance to their catchy electro grooves.