Episode 140 drifts through new, rare, and beloved music. It's one of the last episodes of Volume I of our show. Volume II comences January 2018.
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1) “The Hidden River of My Life” - Sufjan Stevens
- contributed by Meredith
On 2015’s Carrie and Lowell, Sufjan Stevens charted his experience with love and family in awesome detail and discovered stunning revelations. “The Hidden River of My Life” was left on the cutting room floor, but was recently including on a mixtape of demos, remixes, and outtakes. The song opens on banjos ringing in golden light, as his ancient whisper posits, “suppose the world was not informed by real estate or power lines.” Stevens’ is a folk mystic who finds hidden rooms behind your walls - the places where you’ve hidden desires, fears, and perspectives long forgotten. His mixtape The Greatest Gift is available now.
2) “Two” - The Antlers
On 2009’s Hospice, The Antlers bridged the distance between them and the listener with an extraordinary collection of songs that documented a futile love in all of its glory and grief. “Two” is the lynchpin track of the album, keeping the wheel of the story from slipping off the axle. The stream-of-conscious lyrics detail each careening emotion to the smallest mote. Most fascinating is singer Peter Silberman’s ability to craft beautiful metaphors to convey the emotions, making “Two” a transcendent experience instead of a verbose one. Hospice is available via Frenchkiss.
3) “Empty Bottle” - Owen
The opener from Mike Kinsella’s latest album as Owen vibrates from a deep reserve of raw power. Produced by Bon Iver’s S. Carey, the opening strums are compounded by distortion and heavy thumps. Everything thunders against cathedral ceilings in such a holy way that you don’t realize the immediate setting of such a reserved pace. Instead, everything burns in place glowing red hot at the core, revealing a signature Kinsella metaphor that burns with wry humour. “You’ve got a lot of nerves, will you please touch mine with yours? Every stolen bike longed for in the city tonight is the story of my life.” The King of Whys is available now via Polyvinyl.
4) “Nothing Lasts” - Basement
- contributed by Sarah
There’s a calming smoke that drifts from Noah Kittinger’s voice and guitar. It’s best seen in the circular wolds under street lights, when everything else around is pure darkness. “Nothing Lasts” comes from Bedroom’s 2014 album Grow.
5) “A Little While” - Yellow Days
- contributed by Bobby
Yellow Days is George van den Broek and he’s 18 years old. So, where does his voice worn by decades of smoke and heartbreak come from? Clearly he’s made a deal with past selves, allowing spirits to wield the atmospheric powers of perpetual twilight. Best not to question it too much when the results are this good. “A Little While” is part of the Harmless Melodies EP, available via his soundcloud page.
6) “Dancing Days” - Cymbals Eat Guitars
The latest record from Cymbals Eat Guitars is threaded by hooks that revive you. Loaded with moments that quicken the spirit, singer Joe D'Agostino found a way to distill his lyrics, examining the value of life while avoiding his past penchant for arcane (and sometimes alienating) references. “Dancing Days” is the nucleus of the album, charting a path through D'Agostino’s now treated heart condition, the minutia of a lonely morning, and short list of farewells - to his dancing days, the friends who fell away, and the album’s namesake. Pretty Years is available now via Sinderlyn.
7) “Glitter” - Charly Bliss
Singer Eva Hendricks’ sweet pitch dares you to listen around her lyrics, as she slashes at internal feelings and external attitudes with a subversive blade. Charly Bliss create a mesmerizing mix of alternative and indie by splashing it over a pop primer. With a fresh spirit, they mock systems from within one of the most accepted formats - the pop music structure. Their debut album Guppy is available now via Barsuk.
8) “Miniskirt” - BRAIDS
This might be one of the most important songs of the past decade. Listen closely, and spend time with Deep In The Iris if you haven’t yet. The album was released via Arbutus in April of 2015.
9) “Tomorrow” - Electric Youth
Faith and hope drip from every element of this ode to another day. The onward essence of “Tomorrow” grants an endless reservoir of energy, much needed as you charge the horizon in search of dawn. Electric Youth released Innerworld via Secretly Canadian in 2014.
10) “Without You” - Tobias Jesso Jr.
There’s a perceived simplicity to Tobias Jesso Jr.’s songwriting that tests you. The first keys are familiar, his lyrics are elementary in a sense, and you wonder what this guy is getting at. If you wade in past your knees though, you understand that his entire soul is woven throughout every song he writes. “Without You” is all of everything he has about the idea of someone else holding your love in their hands, and it is pure magic. His debut album Goon is available via True Panther Sounds.
Our pal Meredith makes comics and illustrations that she uses as “an opportunity to develop emotional literacy and blur the lines between autobiography and magical realism”. Her work is profound and remarkable. She also contributes some of our favourites songs to Superconnected.
- 8:00Sufjan StevensThe Greatest GiftThe Hidden River of My Life
- 8:03The AntlersHospiceTwo
- 8:06OwenThe King of WhysEmpty Bottle
- 8:09BedroomGrowNothing Lasts
- 8:12Yellow DaysHarmless Melodies EPA Little While
- 8:15Cymbals Eat GuitarsPretty YearsDancing Days
- 8:18Charly BlissGuppyGlitter
- 8:21BRAIDSDeep In The IrisMiniskirt
- 8:24Electric YouthInnerworldTomorrow
- 8:27Tobias Jesso Jr.GoonWithout You