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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The Lumineers – “Brightside”
The Lumineers have returned with the announcement of their highly anticipated new album, BRIGHTSIDE, out January 14th via Dualtone. As part of the announcement, The Lumineers shared the album’s title track alongside a visualizer. “The song ‘BRIGHTSIDE’ was recorded in a single day,” The Lumineers’ Wesley Schultz says of the single. “It’s like a 15-year-old’s fever dream, an American love story in all its glory and heartbreak. The last couple left, on the run from something and all alone…”
Modest Mouse – “The Sun Hasn’t Left”
Indie rockers Modest Mouse’s “The Sun Hasn’t Left” comes from their first new album in six years, The Golden Casket. The track is more of an uplifting, bouncy anthem, which is quite a different sound for Modest Mouse. “The Sun Hasn’t Left” revolves around layers of keys and what sounds like a xylophone, as frontman Isaac Brock delivers toned-down vocals with some serious restraint. The new track sees Brock singing of longing for something more than the quick high you get from an online interaction.
Death From Above 1979 – “Don’t Stop Believin'”
Earlier this month, Toronto’s Death From Above 1979 shared a punky cover of Journey’s hit, “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The track came as part of Amazon Original’s covers series. “We made a kind of witchy version of the song that would make Steve Perry magically join Journey again,” Death From Above 1979 singer and drummer Sebastien Grainger says.
Snail Mail – “Valentine”
Lindsey Jordan has returned with the announcement of her new album as Snail Mail, Valentine, out November 5th via Matador. As part of the announcement, she’s shared a video for the album’s title track. The new single comes packed with gritty guitars as Snail Mail wails, “So why’d you want to erase me/ Darling valentine.” “Valentine” takes more of an early 2000s emo pop twist than that of her debut album Lush.
Frank Turner – “Haven’t Been Doing So Well”
Frank Turner has officially announced his forthcoming album, FTHC, out February 11th via Xtra Mile Recordings / Polydor. As part of the announcement, he’s shared his new single “Haven’t Been Doing So Well.” FTHC marks his first new album since 2019’s No Man’s Land. Today’s preview truly encapsulates some of the emotions we’ve been experiencing throughout the pandemic. “Haven’t Been Doing So Well” is a cathartic punk rock anthem that serves as an emotional release.