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Top 10 mp3s of the Week (9/23)

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Just look around you: Fall is in full swing. The “Big Four” festivals have concluded, the leaves are starting to turn, and I’d be willing to bet that you’re having some irrepressible urge to dust off your old Joy Division t-shirts and vinyls and take ’em for a spin along with your sexiest cardigans. And though the colors and moods are changing, and festival season isn’t going to be quite as active as it was this past summer, the music doesn’t stop. It never stops. And that should really depress me; it means work. But it doesn’t. In fact, it does the opposite. As we get ready to hunker down for the chillier seasons, one of the only things to look forward to is sitting inside listening to the latest and greatest in music. So, please, let this week’s installment of the “Top 10” be a positive one, fraught with hope for the future, bone-chilling as that future may be.

Winston Robbins
Senior Staff Writer 

Atlas Sound – “Te Amo”

 Top 10 mp3s of the Week (9/23)

Thanks to Stereogum for pointing me in the right referential direction for this cover: Jeff Buckley’s Grace (to be honest, my instinct may not be that far off). From the cover art to the opening arpeggio, Bradford Cox (un)wittingly aligns himself with the the fallen tenor of yore, and when you come at Atlas Sound from that direction, the layers of mystery and production kind of melt away to reveal a latent Buckley acolyte. His vocal performance here certainly shows his flare for the dramatic. -JL

Atlas Sound – “Te Amo”

Cant – “Be Around”

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For whatever reason, Chris Taylor decided that this cut wasn’t up to snuff for his solo record Dreams Come True. It may be because it’s seven minutes long or that it would have been a bit out of place next to the ominously slowdancing electro that makes up the bulk of the record. Whatever the reason, it’s a week late, but it’s here, and it’s worth every second. -WR

Cant – “Be Around (Rough Cutz)”

Daft Punk – “Drive”

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This is how much everyone on Earth (including us) loves Daft Punk: this track was so forgettable that Daft Punk literally threw it away back in 1994, and here we are still gobbling it right up. I think Jim Carrey as The Grinch said it best: “One man’s toxic sludge is another man’s potpourri.” A Daft Punk track considered garbage by Daft Punk is gold to us regular humans. -WR

Daughter – “Love”

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I am genuinely stoked out of my mind for this EP, and it’s only an EP, mind you. Elena Tonra (aka Daughter) has a voice that makes me want to weep – in a good way. On this track, she sings with such emotion and desperation, “Take your hands off him, ’cause he’s the only one that I’ve ever loved,” that it’s impossible not to believe her. Add a knack for creating ethereal backdrops to the equation, and it seems we’ve got ourselves a winner in Daughter. -WR

Dom – “Crazy Girl”

 Top 10 mp3s of the Week (9/23)

This self-released track is probably a demo or an outtake or a forthcoming b-side or bonus track or some sort of extraneous music from Dom. The driving rhythm and shoegazey production is a side step from some of their other work, leaving out some of the electronics, but that’s a good thing. I love the stripped-down quality of it and the separation of all the instruments in the production. –JL

The Flaming Lips – “I Found a Star on the Ground”

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It’s a six-hour song. -JL

“I Found a Star on the Ground” (pt. 1)

“I Found a Star on the Ground” (pt. 2)

“I Found a Star on the Ground” (pt. 3)

Gauntlet Hair – “Keep Time”

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We’re going to have to start accepting Animal Collective as a major influence for bands. Gauntlet Hair takes that experimentation and shines the spotlight on the dream-pop aspect of the sound, letting an opening track from their forthcoming album sound like murky shoegaze, something you can’t quite grab a hold of but won’t let you go. –JL

Gauntlet Hair – “Keep Time”

Kele – “What Did I Do (Feat. Lucy Taylor)”

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Despite (absurd) rumors that he may be getting kicked out of Bloc Party (that’d be like kicking Steven Tyler out of Aerosmith! Oh, wait…), Kele Okereke does have an EP on the way under his solo moniker Kele that will fall in the same vein as his solo debut: loud, catchy, and club-ready. This is the first taste of his forthcoming EP, The Hunter. -WR

Thom Yorke – “Twist”

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A warning to all Bends-era fans: This is not the sort of Thom you like to hear. In fact, it’s even more IDM than anything off The Eraser, which is unnerving but exciting at the same time. He debuted this during a 25-minute DJ set he did for XFM, and it was in the middle of a setlist fraught with glitchy Radiohead remixes and some other electronic tracks, but this one’s a brand-new cut, and it’s likely it’ll end up on the Atoms for Peace album announced earlier this week. (Writer’s note: Since it was one cohesive DJ set, this mp3 does contain a small bit of Bok Bok & Roska’s remix of Modeselektor’s “Art & Cash”.) -WR

Thom Yorke – “Twist”

Yes Yes – “Beautiful & True”

 Top 10 mp3s of the Week (9/23)

Yes Yes is Mike Ersing, a man who plays in his very own key. Similar signatures could be ascribed to Devendra Banhart or Daniel Johnston, but Yes Yes has a spirit all his own. Stream of conscious lyrics twist into his warbled vibrato, which lead into his warbly-er whistling. There’s something dangerous and freeing about Ersing, who has a new EP out Oct 6th called DogStar! Heal Your Weightlessness!. He tells me “it’s all about Ascension & Ecstatic Hope, Joyousness Redemption, Forgiving OneSelf, Transcendence, Health & Weightlessness, Sirius the Dogstar, Our Ancestral Lightbodies Communion Forgiveness Fast Vibrations, Nausea Wakefulness Running Really REALLY Fast Until You pass out & Explode.” Look for more on the EP soon, but here’s a taste. -JL

Yes Yes – “Beautiful & True”

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