Welcome back to NMT(OW)! Yesterday's New Music Tuesday playlist on Spotify had some nice tracks. I (usually along with Darren Kataja, but not this week because of spring break, Ahhh to be young again) have selected the best ones from this week…
”Dreamlove” by The Bright Light Social Hour
I didn't hear of this band until last year (shouts to Guse) and hadn't listened until today. Holy shit, did I miss out. "Dreamlove" is trippy as hell and the progressive buildup throughout the song is too real.
”Heaven Sent” by Best Coast
California hard rock at its finest. Best Coast may be the queen of stoner rock, but she can play with a garage band sound, too. And her voice pierces through the noise, creating a really cool balance in the overall sound,
”The World Ender” by Lord Huron
"The World Ender" belongs in a Quentin Tarantino film. By that, I mean it has a modernized spaghetti western feel: the dry guitar chord changes mixed with Ben Schneider wholesome voice would fit right in with the songs of Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained. I love all things Tarantino, and I'm digging this song too.
PORTER'S PICK OF THE WEEK: ”Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith ft. John Legend
It’s hard to find two better male voices in popular music right now than Sam Smith and John Legend. One was the big winner at the Grammys while the other stole the show at the Oscars. Both are soulful, but in different ways: Sam’s voice is notable because of the ease he has with hitting a a vast array of notes. Meanwhile, John is the opposite: you can hear the fight in his voice when he sings, but the end result is miraculous. “Lay Me Down” was one of the best songs on In The Lonely Hour, second only to "Like I Can". I really hope this isn't the last time we hear them together.