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 Wombats – “If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming With You”
Beloved UK band The Wombats have shared details of their upcoming album Fix Yourself, Not The World alongside the release of a new single. The single “If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming With You” is a pulsing track that explores the pandemic’s impact on interpersonal relationships. “I noticed that 2020 and 2021 put some serious strain on interpersonal relationships, it felt like people around me were really struggling,” frontman Matthew Murphy explains of the track.
Orson Wilds – “Dec 19”
Toronto rockers Orson Wilds have shared “dec 19.” The track comes packed with a captivating beat that will get you dancing along, despite the dark lyrics. With gritty guitars and energetic wails, you’ll find yourself revisiting this catchy anthem again and again.
Rare Americans – “Hey Sunshine”
Vancouver outfit Rare Americans’ summery single “Hey Sunshine” is definitely a must-listen. The track comes from their forthcoming album, Rare Americans 3: Jamesy Boy & The Screw Loose Zoo, out on October 21st. “Hey Sunshine” revolves around a catchy melody and pop punk vocals that are sure to get you swaying.
Joshua Henry – “Hold Me”
Joshua Henry’s “Hold Me” comes packed with a dreamy falsetto. The track channels stunning, soulful sounds and comes from his EP Guarantee. “Hold Me” is all about what it’s like trying to make your dreams come true. Throughout the uplifting song, Henry sings of finding support from the people that surround you.
Wolf Alice – “Smile”
Acclaimed British indie rockers Wolf Alice’s shoegazey alt-rock anthem “Smile” is on Your First Listen this week. The gritty tune comes from their recent album, Blue Weekend, which came out back in June. “This is one of the songs we wrote thinking that we would play it live,” lead singer Ellie Rowsell explains. “I miss that feeling of singing on stage. It’s like screaming into a pillow or something – you can get away with being more nasty. There’s a whole other part of me missing.”