Your First Listen: Week of September 20th

Lorde on Your First Listen

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 Monday to Friday during the following times: 1:50pm / 6:50pm / 8:50pm.

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Lorde – “Mood Ring”

Lorde’s standout Solar Power track, “Mood Ring,” is definitely a must-listen. “Mood Ring” sees Lorde truly diving into a dreamy sound while commenting on pseudo-spirituality and pseudo-wellness. “This is a song I am very excited about, it’s so much fun to me,” Lorde says. “Obviously when making this album I did a deep-dive into 60s, Flower Child culture. I wanted to understand that commune life, dropping out from society and trying to start again. That really resonated to me when writing this album. One thing that occured to me as a major parallel between that time and our time is our wellness culture and our culture of spirituality, pseudo-spirituality, wellness, pseudo-wellness.”

The War On Drugs – “I Don’t Live Here Anymore”

The War On Drugs are readying the release of I Don’t Live Here Anymore, which is out on October 29th via Atlantic. They’ve previewed the album with its title track. “I Don’t Live Here Anymore” features backing vocals from Lucius. Throughout the tune, The War On Drugs reflect on the days of classic rock. Frontman Adam Granduciel sings lines like, “I know it ain’t like I remember/ I guess my memory runs wild/ Like when we went to see Bob Dylan/ We danced to ‘Desolation Row.’” The song is an anthemic tune that sees the band leaning into their love of big sounds.

Parquet Courts – “Walking At A Downtown Pace”

Parquet Courts have returned to announce their new album, Sympathy For Life, out October 22nd via Rough Trade Records. As part of the announcement, they’ve shared a video for their new single “Walking at a Downtown Pace.” “Walking at a Downtown Pace” is a gritty new track with upbeat, guitar-driven instrumentals. It also boasts some throaty, new wave-style vocals that are sure to get you dancing.

Chastity – “Dying To Live”

Whitby, Ontario’s Brandon Williams has shared a video for his new single as Chastity, “Dying To Live.” The soaring new single sees WIlliams once again leaning into his quintessential emo-tinged sound. On “Dying To Live,” Chastity sings about being unable to continue on without someone. “The title ‘Dying to Live’ was inspired by an old Zero skate video from 2002,” Chastity explains.

Radiohead – “If You Say The Word”

Radiohead have announced a new triple album release KID A MNESIA in celebration of the 21st anniversary of Kid A and Amnesiac. Out November 5th via XL Recordings, KID A MNESIA is a compilation of Radiohead’s fourth and fifth album in addition to a third disc called Kid Amnesiae. Kid Amnesiae features a whole slew of previously unreleased material from the Kid A and Amnesiac recording sessions. It will be made up of alternate versions, B-Sides, and the never-before-heard “If You Say the Word.” It also boasts a never-before-released studio recording of “Follow Me Around.”


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