This is an archived post originally sent out via the cmd+f weekly newsletter
Welcome to another exciting week of cmd+f! Not only do I have five incredible new tracks all by duos (except one) waiting for you to dig through, but I’d also like to introduce a whole new component to the newsletter: audio! You heard correctly: this week marks the first time I’ll be tipping off the best new songs/artists of the week through recordings of my very own voice.
Each week, not only will you have a neatly typed newsletter nestled in your inbox, but you can now head over to the cmd+f station via Anchor and hear me gab on about the songs I’ve chosen for the week, and the songs in full. Anchor is a new-ish app that’s essentially a Snapchat for radio - the content is fleeting and disappears after 24 hours, so act fast!
Another great feature is the “Call In” feature in which you can drop me a voice memo either gushing about how great a particular song is, or even send me song/musician recommendations through the app.
Hit me up on Twitter at @hellogoodbritt with your thoughts about any of the tracks we’ve got for this week, and please do send me any finds of your own – let me know what you’re listening to these days.
As always, you know the drill: if you like what you hear, spread the cheer. Tell your friends about the songs you liked in this letter, but most importantly, let the artists know. There’s a good chance they’ll see your comments, and it’ll really make their day.
“Falling 4 U” - Superbody | Superbody are the cool kind of weird. Like, Wes Anderson weird, not rule 32 weird. Like an acid-dipped Mark Mothersbaugh track found on a long lost, jelly-filled cassette tape, “Falling 4 U” has been looped in my head for days. Listen here
“The City Don’t Care” - Leon Else feat. Oliver | Holy hell. Shout out to my girl Jess for dropping this one into my lap. This jam builds so effortlessly, is so finely tuned and self-aware. I am OBSESSED with this damn song. The marriage between Leon’s buttery smooth falsetto in the verses and pre-chorus and Oliver’s neon fused synths woven throughout the track. I think my favorite instrumental bits are the bells echoing their way through the chorus. This is a level of pop I fuck with heavily. Listen here
“Heavy” - POWERS | Once again, my favorite music-based radio show/podcast Popchops come through with another wicked recommendation. As Dan and Andy pointed out, it’s so easy to imagine this as the avenue Gwen Stefani should have walked down for her solo comeback album, but let’s not undercut POWERS. They’re a songwriting duo now based out of LA who’ve penned a handful of hits and racked up millions of spins of their tracks. I promise “Heavy” is going to be rinsing on every party list you compile this year. Listen here
“Burning Echoes” - Storme | Oh my god?? It’s so hard not to draw comparisons to other artists to describe what you’re experiencing, but without a doubt “Burning Echoes” was struck with the same bolt of energy handed over to Kate Bush while she recorded her album Hounds of Love. Balanced in equal parts surreal and wildly, universally appealing, “Burning Echoes” is very much like Bush’s catalogue: it’s a song you can feel rooted in your gut. Fueled with a melodramatic, explosive chorus, Storme’s track came as the biggest surprise of my week. Listen here
“Countryside” - Shadowgraphs | Ever since I went to the Desert Daze show a couple weeks ago and caught Temples live, I’ve been digging 60s rock vibes more and more. Shadowgraphs channel early Pink Floyd vibes, diving into a sound much like a blurred out The Kinks with a knack for throwing down a catchy hook. While the song doesn’t even reach the 2:30 minutes mark, the song still carries a sick guitar solo to melt out over the final minute of the track. Listen here
If you’re interested in hearing what else I’ve been rinsing this month (aside from the tracks listed above), peep my March 2017 playlist.
A(lmost a)ll of the tracks I’ve shared this week and past cmd+f newsletters are archived into a single playlist on Spotify for you to follow here. You’re welcome.
See you next week!