Here’s a grab-bag of new tunes we’ve taste-tested for you and we recommend for downloading (legally, of course) or streaming to your personal media device.
"Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons
What you think is going to be a light romp into Top-40-Land turns into a beat-heavy, atmospheric blast. This Las Vegas band must’ve pulled some influence from the desert wastelands of Nevada because this song is an anthem for post-apocalyptic survivors. With lyrics like, “I'm breaking in, shaping up, checking out on the prison bus. This is it, the apocalypse” – this is the Mad Max of indie bands. And the group’s debut album is ripe with heavily produced songs that have both pizzazz and humanness.
"Eyes Wide Open (Yeasayer Remix)" by Gotye
If Gotye was somebody that you used to know, you’d call him, Wouter De Backer. This Belgian-Australian has been around for roughly 10 years, producing his Peter Gabriel-esque music. He allows the experimental rock band, Yeasayer, to twist and morph a new song out of this single from his most recent, highly successful album, “Making Mirrors.” Yeasayer brings its weird noise approach to the track – you’ll ask questions like, “Is that a conch-shell horn?” The vocals hang on the broken melodies as the music swirls through a digital pipe in the dark, without knowing what to expect around the next turn
"March to the Sea" by Baroness
Hailing from Lexington, Va., playing out of Savannah, Ga., Baroness yells unusual harmonies with hoarse, battle-weary vocals. These guys are old-school hard, rocking the sing-along while drums pound, the bass thumps and fingers bull-rush guitar frets. This album is the third to be colored-coded – “Red Album” in 2007, “Blue Record” in 2009 and the current “Yellow & Green” – all share the same bruising tone. Unfortunately in August, the band’s tour bus crashed in England and three of the four members of the band were injured. They’ve cancelled the remainder of their 2012 tour dates. It just goes to show you, life is too short not to check out some great, new music.
Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge