This week, we are back with our Monomania Playlist, with 6 new songs we’ve got on repeat. Check out all the songs on our Spotify Monomania Playlist at the bottom to listen on the go:
CLAVVS – “Glass Skin”
Atlanta-based alt-pop duo CLAVVS, comprised of four-time Grammy award-winning producer Graham Marsh (CeeLo Green, Bruno Mars, and Ludacris) and vocalist Amber Renee have been making waves both locally and nationally with songs featured on American Apparel’s and Old Navy’s international in-store playlists with their dark wave alt-pop.. “Glass Skin”, released at the end of August may be their best yet with hip hop style beats behind Amber’s ethereal vocals. This song feels like what Phantogram has gone for as they transitioned to more hip hop style beats over their career, yet done better, keeping what was so compelling about Phantogram at the beginning. And when Amber hits the chorus: “It’s a heavy heart, a heavy heart I carry”, it’s hard not to get lost within the hypnotic band. Catch CLAVVS this Thursday at Creative Loafing’s Best of Atlanta Celebration at the Georgia Freight Depot.
Kim Gordon – “Murdered Out”
The first single Sonic Youth‘s Kim Gordon has released under her own name over her illustrious 30+ year career, how can you not have “Murdered Out” on repeat? It’s a funky, fresh, noise rocker that gets the blood pumping.
Leopold and his Fiction – “Cowboy”
Remember when Austin, Texas garage rockers Leopold and his Fiction came to play a show for OpenEars at Atlanta’s Monday Night Brewing? That seems like so long ago, but damn it ruled. The band has been seemingly relatively quite since then, besides the one constant, touring. But finally they are back with a new song, “Cowboy”, and an upcoming new album, Darling Destroyer, due out in early 2017. The time on the road seems to have Leopold and his Fiction refining their bluesy, garage sound, and they are louder and better than ever on “Cowboy”!
Muuy Biien – “Mara”
One of my personal favorite sets at this year’s Savannah Stopover came from Athens’ based punks Muuy Biien. These guys tore up the small stage at Congress Street Social Club with an unmatched energy. Even with a loud, punk heavy set, they showed me they were more than just another punk band, there was much more intertwined in their sound beyond the standards. Yet when their new single “Mara”, from their upcoming third LP Age of Uncertainty (Oct 28 via Autumn Tone), came out, I was a little surprised by what I was hearing. It starts slightly more toned down with Joshua Evans’ vocals on the forefront with an angry tone, behind heavy riffs. This song is a builder, working it’s way up into a post punk frenzy. And it’s damn damn good.
Opposite Sex – “Oh Ivy”
This is literally one of the most desperate songs who’ll hear. New Zealand trio Opposite Sex have captured something so dark and heavy, the emotional intensity of someone or something that wreaks of over aching desperation. With a hard slide guitar taking front and center around Lucy Hunter’s mousy vocals, haunting screams, and quiet falsettos, these punks more than convey their message, and it’s hard not to get wrapped inside this angry world. Really, it’s one of the best, more unique songs I’ve heard in a while. Heavy.
TEN FÉ – “Turn”
On a lighter note, TEN FÉ‘s new single “Turn” is a shimmering, expansive pop song that’s worth repeat listens. The song is captivating and soulful, and a perfect compliment to the changing of the season, from Summer to Fall. One of the UK’s most promising young acts, the band is expected to release their debut album early next year.
All tracks on Spotify added to our “Monomania” playlist (kept fresh with 30 songs at a time) for your on the go playlist needs: