Five Songs For The Week, December 16th 2019
A new song by The Voidz, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s amazing score, a Dulli classic, a holiday song by Alice Bag and a catchy tune by Temples:
Greg Dulli – ‘Pantomima’: The Afghan Whigs and Twilight Singers frontman is releasing a solo album, and ‘Pantomima is the first single. It is a slow burn soaring into a triumphant rock with Dulli’s incomparable vocals haunting this piece like an old soul. It’s part post-punk (think Mogwai), part ‘80s vibe, and very buoyant and fuzzy with a bright sun surfacing with Dulli’s smoky sexy voice. And since it’s a single that makes you ask for more, let’s just say that the album ‘Random Desire’ will be out on February 21st via Royal Cream/BMG.
Temples – ‘You’re Either On Something’: With a psych-dreamscape à la Tame Impala, high-pitched youthful voices and a rattling drumming style, the song immediately sounds familiar thanks to its hooky chorus, ‘70s feel and bright orchestration. The track was released this past summer, and this is the type of song that could make you see flowers bloom all around with nostalgia pouring at each line. The song is a single of their third album ‘Hot Motion’ released last September.
Alice Bag – ‘No Gifts For Nazis’: A melodic punk punch in the face and the stomach, with the clear voice of Alice Bag who knows how to stay angry without forgetting her sense of humor. ‘You were warned, there is a list / You have made St. Nick truly pissed / All you white supremacists / Kris Kringle has no time for fascists.’ The song is the perfect mosh pit for your holiday parties with lyrics that will make you laugh.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – ‘Watch Over This Boy’: If you are as fascinated by the HBO series ‘Watchmen’ as I am, you are probably familiar with the score composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Their atmospheric music has become an important part of the series, and this melancholic and wandering piano ballad builds a gut-wrenching soundtrack for the complex drama. Reznor and Ross’ score is completed by a magnificent soundtrack which has so far included Offenbach, Strauss, Mozart, James Brown, David Bowie, Devo, Beastie Boys… and plenty of oldies.
The Voidz – ‘Did My Best’: The Voidz has a new song and it sounds like an end of summer in the middle of December. ‘Did My Best’ has a very nostalgic vibe enhanced by Julian Casablancas’ gentle croon, slowing soaring after 2 minutes while the music sounds very much like a Strokes ballad. Then, there’s this autotune and the slightly dissonant Harrison-esque guitars, while Julian sings about nostalgia ‘the hazy good old days’, or rather about the fact that people always bring up the good old days,… but ‘Nobody cares about the days of old’. A nostalgic song to make fun of nostalgia? Maybe the perfect one to end this decade.