Top 30 Songs for August 22-28, 2021

  1. DEVIL – Two Feet (1)
  2. STARGAZING – The Neighbourhood (4)
  3. LIKE I USED TO – Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen (5)
  4. MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X (3)
  5. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (2)
  6. SOLAR POWER – Lorde (9)
  7. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (7)
  8. MISSING PIECE – Vance Joy (10)
  9. SATURDAY – twenty øne piløts (11)
  10. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (6)
  11. STOP MAKING THIS HURT – Bleachers (12)
  12. TRANSPARENTSOUL – WILLOW featuring Travis Barker (13)
  13. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (8)
  14. STICKY – The Maine (15)
  15. EVERY WINDOW IS A MIRROR – Joywave (16)
  16. ENNUI – Dawning (17)
  17. LAST TRAIN HOME – John Mayer (19)
  18. BE A WOMAN – DeLaurentis (20)
  19. NOTHING2 – Strange Souvenirs (14)
  20. BAD DREAM – Cannons (23)
  21. WHAT YOU SAY – Cold War Kids (24)
  22. TAKE THE L – Roadkeeper (25)
  23. WRECKED – Imagine Dragons (27)
  24. THE ANGEL OF 8TH AVE. – Gang of Youths (28)
  25. MINE FOREVER – Lord Huron (N)
  26. I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE – Måneskin (29)
  27. TAKE MY MONEY – Ships Have Sailed (30)
  28. SINNER – Young Decades (18)
  29. MAKING A FIRE – Foo Fighters (N)
  30. CAN YOU HANDLE MY LOVE?? – WALK THE MOON (N)

Top 30 Songs for August 15-21, 2021

  1. DEVIL – Two Feet (1)
  2. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (2)
  3. MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X (6)
  4. STARGAZING – The Neighbourhood (7)
  5. LIKE I USED TO – Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen (8)
  6. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (3)
  7. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (4)
  8. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (5)
  9. SOLAR POWER – Lorde (9)
  10. MISSING PIECE – Vance Joy (11)
  11. SATURDAY – twenty øne piløts (13)
  12. STOP MAKING THIS HURT – Bleachers (16)
  13. TRANSPARENTSOUL – WILLOW featuring Travis Barker (20)
  14. NOTHING2 – Strange Souvenirs (15)
  15. STICKY – The Maine (17)
  16. EVERY WINDOW IS A MIRROR – Joywave (18)
  17. ENNUI – Dawning (19)
  18. SINNER – Young Decades (10)
  19. LAST TRAIN HOME – John Mayer (23)
  20. BE A WOMAN – DeLaurentis (25)
  21. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (12)
  22. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (13)
  23. BAD DREAM – Cannons (28)
  24. WHAT YOU SAY – Cold War Kids (29)
  25. TAKE THE L – Roadkeeper (30)
  26. HIGHER POWER – Coldplay (24)
  27. WRECKED – Imagine Dragons (N)
  28. THE ANGEL OF 8TH AVE. – Gang of Youths (N)
  29. I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE – Måneskin (N)
  30. TAKE MY MONEY – Ships Have Sailed (N)

Top 30 Songs for August 8-14, 2021

  1. DEVIL – Two Feet (3)
  2. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (1)
  3. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (2)
  4. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (4)
  5. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (5)
  6. MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X (6)
  7. STARGAZING – The Neighbourhood (9)
  8. LIKE I USED TO – Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen (10)
  9. SOLAR POWER – Lorde (14)
  10. SINNER – Young Decades (7)
  11. MISSING PIECE – Vance Joy (16)
  12. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (8)
  13. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (11)
  14. SATURDAY – twenty øne piløts (23)
  15. NOTHING2 – Strange Souvenirs (15)
  16. STOP MAKING IT HURT – Bleachers (17)
  17. STICKY – The Maine (18)
  18. EVERY WINDOW IS A MIRROR – Joywave (19)
  19. ENNUI – Dawning (20)
  20. TRANSPARENTSOUL – WILLOW featuring Travis Barker (24)
  21. ZITTI E BUONI – Måneskin (12)
  22. CRAWLING KINGSNAKE – The Black Keys (13)
  23. LAST TRAIN HOME – John Mayer (28)
  24. HIGHER POWER – Coldplay (25)
  25. BE A WOMAN – DeLaurentis (30)
  26. FLATLINE – Two Feet (21)
  27. BETTER – Michigander (22)
  28. BAD DREAM – Cannons (N)
  29. WHAT YOU SAY – Cold War Kids (N)
  30. TAKE THE L – Roadkeeper (N)

Top 30 Songs for August 1-7, 2021

  1. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (3)
  2. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (1)
  3. DEVIL – Two Feet (8)
  4. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (2)
  5. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (5)
  6. MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X (7)
  7. SINNER – Young Decades (6)
  8. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (4)
  9. STARGAZING – The Neighbourhood (13)
  10. LIKE I USED TO – Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen (14)
  11. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (9)
  12. ZITTI E BUONI – Måneskin (10)
  13. CRAWLING KINGSNAKE – The Black Keys (12)
  14. SOLAR POWER – Lorde (20)
  15. NOTHING2 – Strange Souvenirs (18)
  16. MISSING PIECE – Vance Joy (23)
  17. STOP MAKING IT HURT – Bleachers (21)
  18. STICKY – The Maine (22)
  19. EVERY WINDOW IS A MIRROR – Joywave (24)
  20. ENNUI – Dawning (25)
  21. FLATLINE – Two Feet (11)
  22. BETTER – Michigander (16)
  23. SATURDAY – twenty øne piløts (30)
  24. TRANSPARENTSOUL – WILLOW featuring Travis Barker (N)
  25. HIGHER POWER – Coldplay (26)
  26. YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish (15)
  27. ALL YOU EVER WANTED – Rag’n’Bone Man (17)
  28. LAST TRAIN HOME – John Mayer (N)
  29. METRONOME – Polarizer (19) 20th week on list
  30. BE A WOMAN – DeLaurentis (N)

Top 30 Songs for July 25-31, 2021

  1. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (1)
  2. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (2)
  3. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (5)
  4. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (3)
  5. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (7)
  6. SINNER – Young Decades (8)
  7. MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X (30)
  8. DEVIL – Two Feet (N)
  9. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (6)
  10. ZITTI E BUONI – Måneskin (9)
  11. FLATLINE – Two Feet (4)
  12. CRAWLING KINGSNAKE – The Black Keys (13)
  13. STARGAZING – The Neighbourhood (14)
  14. LIKE I USED TO – Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen (15)
  15. YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish (11)
  16. BETTER – Michigander (12)
  17. ALL YOU EVER WANTED – Rag’n’Bone Man (17)
  18. NOTHING2 – Strange Souvenirs (20)
  19. METRONOME – Polarizer (10)
  20. SOLAR POWER – Lorde (24)
  21. STOP MAKING IT HURT – Bleachers (22)
  22. STICKY – The Maine (23)
  23. MISSING PIECE – Vance Joy (25)
  24. EVERY WINDOW IS A MIRROR – Joywave (26)
  25. ENNUI – Dawning (27)
  26. HIGHER POWER – Coldplay (21)
  27. TYPHOONS – Royal Blood (16)
  28. SHY AWAY – twenty øne piløts (19)
  29. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (18) 20th week on list
  30. SATURDAY – twenty øne piløts (N)

Top 30 Songs for July 18-24, 2021

  1. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (2)
  2. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (1)
  3. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (4)
  4. FLATLINE – Two Feet (3)
  5. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (7)
  6. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (5)
  7. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (8)
  8. SINNER – Young Decades (9)
  9. ZITTI E BUONI – Måneskin (10)
  10. METRONOME – Polarizer (6)
  11. YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish (14)
  12. BETTER – Michigander (15)
  13. CRAWLING KINGSNAKE – The Black Keys (16)
  14. STARGAZING – The Neighbourhood (20)
  15. LIKE I USED TO – Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen (21)
  16. TYPHOONS – Royal Blood (11)
  17. ALL YOU EVER WANTED – Rag’n’Bone Man (19)
  18. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (12)
  19. SHY AWAY – twenty øne piløts (13)
  20. NOTHING2 – Strange Souvenirs (23)
  21. HIGHER POWER – Coldplay (22)
  22. STOP MAKING THIS HURT – Bleachers (24)
  23. STICKY – The Maine (25)
  24. SOLAR POWER – Lorde (26)
  25. MISSING PIECE – Vance Joy (27)
  26. EVERY WINDOW IS A MIRROR – Joywave (28)
  27. ENNUI – Dawning (29)
  28. COME FIND ME BACK – Philip Morgan Lewis (17)
  29. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (18)
  30. MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X (N)

Top 30 Songs for July 11-17, 2021

  1. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (1)
  2. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (5)
  3. FLATLINE – Two Feet (2)
  4. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (6)
  5. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (4)
  6. METRONOME – Polarizer (3)
  7. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (10)
  8. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (12)
  9. SINNER – Young Decades (13)
  10. ZITTI E BUONI – Måneskin (19)
  11. TYPHOONS – Royal Blood (11)
  12. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (7)
  13. SHY AWAY – twenty øne piløts (8)
  14. YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish (15)
  15. BETTER – Michigander (16)
  16. CRAWLING KINGSNAKE – The Black Keys (18)
  17. COME FIND ME BACK – Philip Morgan Lewis (14)
  18. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (9)
  19. ALL YOU EVER WANTED – Rag’n’Bone Man (20)
  20. STARGAZING – The Neighbourhood (22)
  21. LIKE I USED TO – Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen (23)
  22. HIGHER POWER – Coldplay (21)
  23. NOTHING2 – Strange Souvenirs (24)
  24. STOP MAKING THIS HURT – Bleachers (25)
  25. STICKY – The Maine (26)
  26. SOLAR POWER – Lorde (27)
  27. MISSING PIECE – Vance Joy (28)
  28. EVERY WINDOW IS A MIRROR – Joywave (29)
  29. ENNUI – Dawning (30)
  30. BREAK MY BABY – KALEO (17)

Fresh New Tracks Vol VIII

It’s time for another installment of Fresh New Tracks, as there’s so much great music being released. Some of the best of it continues to come from the UK, so I’m dedicating this edition to that island kingdom. I’ve chosen three outstanding new singles from British acts I’ve grown especially fond of: Young Decades and Liam Sullivan, both of whom I’ve previously written about on this blog, as as well as The Banshees, who I’m thrilled to feature for the first time.

“Mediterranean” by Young Decades

Born from the ashes of Liverpool-based band COLOUR, Young Decades formed at the early onset of the Covid pandemic. Like every other artist and band around the globe, they were unable to tour or perform live, so they made the most of their down time by setting themselves on a mission to build up a catalog of songs, and I can emphatically state that they’ve succeeded quite nicely. They released their beautiful debut single “Islands” in April 2020, then quickly followed with four more excellent singles, as well as several collections of remixes and alternative versions. On March 5th of this year, they released an EP Let You Down, which featured all five singles, then soon dropped their sixth single “Sinner” on April 23  (you can read my review of “Sinner” here.) The stunning anthem has spent the past two months and counting on my Weekly Top 30.

They also gained, then quickly lost, a drummer, but in April they recruited a replacement, so their current lineup consists of James Tidd (vocals), Scott Harvey (guitar, keyboards), Liam Downey (bass) and Lee Cameron (drums). The various band members are scattered about the Midlands and North West England, but meet up for rehearsals and recording in the city of Stoke on Trent. Now the prolific group is back with a wonderful new single “Mediterranean“, a jubilant celebration of being able to travel more freely again. The band elaborates “Think back to that one perfect trip: the first dive into the water and the feeling of escape. With travel limited, the need for escapism has reached fever pitch. ‘Mediterranean’ is a blistering expression of that bottled-up feeling. Starting like some beachside dream, it kicks you right back to everything good about getting away and the lyrics are dotted with glimpses of holiday life: sleeping on the beach, burnt skin, foreign coins, full moons on open sea and diving into some warm Mediterranean waves. Another anthem built for live gigs… somewhere warm.”

All Young Decades songs are uplifting, melodic and beautiful, with exuberant synths, driving rhythms and stellar guitar work. But for me, the real highlights of their music are Scott’s dramatic piano keys and James’ impassioned vocals that make their sound distinctive from any other band and instantly recognizable as only Young Decades. They don’t disappoint with “Mediterranean”, delivering another top-notch song and a fine addition to their perfect string of exceptional singles.

Follow Young Decades:  Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Stream their music:  Spotify / Apple Music / Soundcloud
Purchase: Bandcamp / Amazon

“Jerusalem” by Liam Sullivan

One of the standout artists I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know in the past year or so is singer-songwriter Liam Sullivan. The Leeds-based musician is a fine songwriter and guitarist, with a vibrant and warm singing voice that’s both beautiful and comforting. His music can generally be classified as alternative rock with folk and singer-songwriter elements that make for an incredibly pleasing listen, and I love every one of his songs. Liam’s been writing and performing music for well over a decade, both as a member of various bands and, more recently, as a solo artist with a back-up band of musicians he assembled to help bring his poetic lyrics to life.

Like Young Decades, Liam has set for himself an ambitious goal of releasing a new single roughly every 6-8 weeks. While he hasn’t quite met that frantic schedule, he has released six singles over the past year, the latest of which is “Jerusalem“. (I’ve reviewed three of his previous singles, most recently his beautiful song “Stadium and Churches” in April, which you can read here.)  The song has a harder rock vibe than his last several singles, with a faster tempo, a stronger driving rhythm and edgier guitars. Liam’s always emotive vocals have an even greater sense of urgency here as he sings about his faith and spirituality using biblical references. The song was inspired by his being asked to be a godfather to his friend’s twin babies. While he never considered himself to be religious, he was greatly honored and took being a godfather very seriously. It prompted him to explore what it means to have faith in a broader sense, and also search for answers and question his own faith and spirituality. It’s a beautiful and heartfelt song.

Follow Liam:  Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Stream his music:  Spotify / Soundcloud / Apple Music / YouTube
Purchase:  Bandcamp

“4AM” by The Banshees

The Banshees are an indie alternative pop-rock duo based in Liverpool, and comprised of Vinny Pereira on vocals & guitar and Paul Holligan on lead guitar. The two met through a mutual friend at a party in Liverpool, hit it off and eventually formed as a band in December 2018. They soon began playing gigs in Liverpool and in May 2019, released their debut single “Self Medicated”. Over the next two years, they’ve continued to release a string of outstanding singles, earning praise from critics and fans alike, along with features in prominent music publications and websites like NME, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Kerrang, Guitar Player, Stereogum and Spin, as well as TV music stations MTV and VH1. Their sound has been favorably compared to The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys and Talking Heads. I love all three of those acts, and after having The Banshees’ music on repeat in preparation for writing this review, I can confidently state that I love their music too.

On July 1st, they dropped their latest single “4AM“, a song the band describes as “harking back to the club scenes of the 90s panic, punk and angst all mixed up into a journey of the mind. Nobody wants to be nobody, or maybe it’s just that now we live in a world where self perception of importance carries more weight than the bigger life picture of just being happy.” To my ears, the song has an almost punk aesthetic, with a frenetic dance beat, a strong, thumping bassline, and emphatic gnarly guitars. The guys’ superb musicianship really shines through, with first-rate production values and powerful pulsating rhythms pulling us willingly into an exhilarating soundscape that compels us to throw all our preconceived notions and bullshit out the window, just let loose and be. With a wry matter-of-fact tone, imbued with a touch of cheekiness, Vinny emphatically laments “The habits you created to survive will no longer serve you when its time to thrive. No focus on yourself for a change. Woulda’ coulda’ shoulda’ kept your goal in range. I’m so tired of bein’ tired. I’m so hard to please. Just gimme the truth, so I can go back to sleep.” Give me more of this!

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Stream their music: SpotifyApple MusicSoundcloud YouTube

Purchase:  Bandcamp

Top 30 Songs for July 4-10, 2021

  1. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (2)
  2. FLATLINE – Two Feet (1)
  3. METRONOME – Polarizer (5)
  4. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (6)
  5. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (10)
  6. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (8)
  7. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (3)
  8. SHY AWAY – twenty øne piløts (4)
  9. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (7)
  10. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (11)
  11. TYPHOONS – Royal Blood (12)
  12. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (13)
  13. SINNER – Young Decades (14)
  14. COME FIND ME BACK – Philip Morgan Lewis (15)
  15. YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish (16)
  16. BETTER – Michigander (17)
  17. BREAK MY BABY – KALEO (9)
  18. CRAWLING KINGSNAKE – The Black Keys (20)
  19. ZITTI E BUONI – Måneskin (23)
  20. ALL YOU EVER WANTED – Rag’n’Bone Man (24)
  21. HIGHER POWER – Coldplay (25)
  22. STARGAZING – The Neighbourhood (28)
  23. LIKE I USED TO – Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen (29)
  24. NOTHING2 – Strange Souvenirs (27)
  25. STOP MAKING THIS HURT – Bleachers (30)
  26. STICKY – The Maine (N)
  27. SOLAR POWER – Lorde (N)
  28. MISSING PIECE – Vance Joy (N)
  29. EVERY WINDOW IS A MIRROR – Joywave (N)
  30. ENNUI – Dawning (N)

Top 30 Songs for June 27-July 3, 2021

  1. FLATLINE – Two Feet (1)
  2. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (4)
  3. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (2)
  4. SHY AWAY – twenty øne piløts (3)
  5. METRONOME – Polarizer (5)
  6. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (6)
  7. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (7)
  8. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (9)
  9. BREAK MY BABY – KALEO (8)
  10. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (12)
  11. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (15)
  12. TYPHOONS – Royal Blood (16)
  13. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (18)
  14. SINNER – Young Decades (19)
  15. COME FIND ME BACK – Philip Morgan Lewis (17)
  16. YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish (20)
  17. BETTER – Michigander (21)
  18. ROSE HIPS – Dawning (10)
  19. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (11)
  20. CRAWLING KINGSNAKE – The Black Keys (24)
  21. AT HOME IN THE DARK – Au Gres (13)
  22. HYPOTHETICALS – Lake Street Dive (14)
  23. ZITTI E BUONI – Måneskin (28)
  24. ALL YOU EVER WANTED – Rag’n’Bone Man (27)
  25. HIGHER POWER – Coldplay (29)
  26. WAY LESS SAD – AJR (23)
  27. NOTHING2 – Strange Souvenirs (30)
  28. STARGAZING – The Neighbourhood (N)
  29. LIKE I USED TO – Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen (N)
  30. STOP MAKING THIS HURT – Bleachers (N)