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)

Top 30 Songs for June 20-26, 2021

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

Top 30 Songs for June 13-19, 2021

  1. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (1)
  2. SHY AWAY – twenty øne piløts (3)
  3. FLATLINE – Two Feet (5)
  4. ROSE HIPS – Dawning (4)
  5. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (2)
  6. METRONOME – Polarizer (7)
  7. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (8)
  8. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (10)
  9. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (21)
  10. AT HOME IN THE DARK – Au Gres (9)
  11. BREAK MY BABY – KALEO (12)
  12. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (13)
  13. HYPOTHETICALS – Lake Street Dive (11)
  14. I NEED YOU – Jon Batiste (6)
  15. BLACK DAYS – Amongst Liars (16)
  16. WAY LESS SAD – AJR (17)
  17. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (18)
  18. TYPHOONS – Royal Blood (19)
  19. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (20)
  20. LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic (14)
  21. COME FIND ME BACK – Philip Morgan Lewis (23)
  22. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (24)
  23. SINNER – Young Decades (25)
  24. YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish (26)
  25. BETTER – Michigander (27)
  26. CRAWLING KINGSNAKE – The Black Keys (29)
  27. ALL YOU EVER WANTED – Rag’n’Bone Man (30)
  28. ALL MY FAVORITE SONGS – Weezer (15)
  29. ZITTI E BUONI – Måneskin (N)
  30. HIGHER POWER – Coldplay (N)

Top 30 Songs for June 6-12, 2021

  1. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (3)
  2. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (1)
  3. SHY AWAY – twenty øne piløts (2)
  4. ROSE HIPS – Dawning (4)
  5. FLATLINE – Two Feet (11)
  6. I NEED YOU – Jon Batiste (6)
  7. METRONOME – Polarizer (8)
  8. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (9)
  9. AT HOME IN THE DARK – Au Gres (12)
  10. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (13)
  11. HYPOTHETICALS – Lake Street Dive (14)
  12. BREAK MY BABY – KALEO (15)
  13. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (16)
  14. LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic (7)
  15. ALL MY FAVORITE SONGS – Weezer (5)
  16. BLACK DAYS – Amongst Liars (17)
  17. WAY LESS SAD – AJR (18)
  18. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (20)
  19. TYPHOONS – Royal Blood (21)
  20. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (22)
  21. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (28)
  22. ENEMY MINE – Roadkeeper (10)
  23. COME FIND ME BACK – Philip Morgan Lewis (24)
  24. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (25)
  25. SINNER – Young Decades (26)
  26. YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish (27)
  27. BETTER – Michigander (30)
  28. MY EX’S BEST FRIEND – Machine Gun Kelly featuring blackbear (19)
  29. CRAWLING KINGSNAKE – The Black Keys (N)
  30. ALL YOU EVER WANTED – Rag’n’Bone Man (N)

Top 30 Songs for May 30-June 5, 2021

  1. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (2)
  2. SHY AWAY – twenty øne piløts (1)
  3. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (3)
  4. ROSE HIPS – Dawning (7)
  5. ALL MY FAVORITE SONGS – Weezer (4)
  6. I NEED YOU – Jon Batiste (8)
  7. LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic (6)
  8. METRONOME – Polarizer (9)
  9. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (10)
  10. ENEMY MINE – Roadkeeper (5)
  11. FLATLINE – Two Feet (17)
  12. AT HOME IN THE DARK – Au Gres (12)
  13. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (13)
  14. HYPOTHETICALS – Lake Street Dive (14)
  15. BREAK MY BABY – KALEO (15)
  16. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (16)
  17. BLACK DAYS – Amongst Liars (18)
  18. WAY LESS SAD – AJR (19)
  19. MY EX’S BEST FRIEND – Machine Gun Kelly featuring blackbear (11)
  20. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (22)
  21. TYPHOONS – Royal Blood (23)
  22. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (24)
  23. PATCHWERK – Sub Urban & Two Feet (21)
  24. COME FIND ME BACK – Philip Morgan Lewis (25)
  25. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (26)
  26. SINNER – Young Decades (27)
  27. YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish (29)
  28. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (30)
  29. ESTELLA – Kenny Hoopla featuring Travis Barker (19)
  30. BETTER – Michigander (N)

Top 30 Songs for May 23-29, 2021

  1. SHY AWAY – twenty øne piløts (1)
  2. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (3)
  3. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (6)
  4. ALL MY FAVORITE SONGS – Weezer (5)
  5. ENEMY MINE – Roadkeeper (2)
  6. LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic (4)
  7. ROSE HIPS – Dawning (8)
  8. I NEED YOU – Jon Batiste (9)
  9. METRONOME – Polarizer (10)
  10. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (11)
  11. MY EX’S BEST FRIEND – Machine Gun Kelly featuring blackbear (7)
  12. AT HOME IN THE DARK – Au Gres (13)
  13. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (14)
  14. HYPOTHETICALS – Lake Street Dive (15)
  15. BREAK MY BABY – KALEO (16)
  16. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (17)
  17. FLATLINE – Two Feet (20)
  18. BLACK DAYS – Amongst Liars (19)
  19. ESTELLA – Kenny Hoopla featuring Travis Barker (12)
  20. WAY LESS SAD – AJR (22)
  21. PATCHWERK – Sub Urban & Two Feet (23)
  22. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (24)
  23. TYPHOONS – Royal Blood (25)
  24. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (26)
  25. COME FIND ME BACK – Philip Morgan Lewis (28)
  26. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (29)
  27. SINNER – Young Decades (30)
  28. THE BANDIT – Kings of Leon (21)
  29. YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish (N)
  30. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (N)

Top 30 Songs for May 16-22, 2021

  1. SHY AWAY – twenty one pilots (1)
  2. ENEMY MINE – Roadkeeper (3)
  3. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (4)
  4. LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic (2)
  5. ALL MY FAVORITE SONGS – Weezer (6)
  6. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (7)
  7. MY EX’S BEST FRIEND – Machine Gun Kelly featuring blackbear (5)
  8. ROSE HIPS – Dawning (10)
  9. I NEED YOU – Jon Batiste (11)
  10. METRONOME – Polarizer (12)
  11. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (13)
  12. ESTELLA – Kenny Hoopla featuring Travis Barker (9)
  13. AT HOME IN THE DARK – Au Gres (15)
  14. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (16)
  15. HYPOTHETICALS – Lake Street Dive (17)
  16. BREAK MY BABY – KALEO (18)
  17. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (19)
  18. SLEEP – The Frontier (8)
  19. BLACK DAYS – Amongst Liars (21)
  20. FLATLINE – Two Feet (29)
  21. THE BANDIT – Kings of Leon (14)
  22. WAY LESS SAD – AJR (23)
  23. PATCHWERK – Sub Urban & Two Feet (24)
  24. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (25)
  25. TYPHOONS – Royal Blood (26)
  26. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (28)
  27. PEACHES – Justin Bieber featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon (22)
  28. COME FIND ME BACK – Philip Morgan Lewis (N)
  29. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (N)
  30. SINNER – Young Decades (N)

New Song of the Week – YOUNG DECADES: “Sinner”

It was a year ago almost to the day when British band Young Decades released their beautiful debut single “Islands”, on April 24, 2020. A few weeks later, I wrote a review of the song, in which I went into some detail about the band’s back story, which you can read about here. Formed during the early onset of the Covid pandemic, like every other artist and band around the globe, they were unable to tour or perform live. The guys decided to make the most of their down time, setting themselves on a frenetic mission to build up a catalog of songs and get them out to the listening public. Following the massive success of “Islands”, they released four more excellent singles, as well as several collections of remixes and alternative versions. On March 5th, they released an EP Let You Down, which featured all five of their singles.

A few months after I wrote my review, the band parted ways with their drummer, and soldiered on as a three-piece. Since they weren’t able to play live, not having a permanent drummer did not prevent them from recording new music. Nevertheless, just this week they’ve recruited a new drummer named Lee Cameron, so they’re back to being a foursome. In addition to Lee, their lineup consists of James Tidd (vocals), Scott Harvey (guitar, keyboards) and Liam Downey (bass). 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.

Today, April 23, they drop their latest single “Sinner“, which I’m pleased to name my New Song of the Week. The track was produced by band songwriter and vocalist James Tidd, with assistance from Human League bassist Ian Burden and long-time friend and engineer Tom Longworth, and mastered by Mike Marsh, who’s also worked with such bands as Phoenix, Chemical Brothers and Empire of the Sun. The song is a gorgeous sweeping anthem, with exuberant swirling synths and layers of roiling and jangly guitars. I love the throbbing bass and strong thumping drumbeats that make up the track’s powerful driving rhythm, and the dramatic piano flourishes add wonderful texture and depth.   

The song’s buoyant, uplifting melody contrasts with the rather cynical lyrics. As I previously noted in my review of “Islands”, James has a phenomenal singing voice, and his vocals are beautiful and heartfelt as he plaintively sings of his personal failings, admitting he’s a sinner who doesn’t want to be saved. “A funny thing is this life. You only get what you take. Ever feel you’re surrounded by wolves? Cause I do, I saw them in the news. But I’m not that guy. I’m not that good. I pray you do. I say not what I do. I’m a sinner now. I’m a sinner. And I don’t need saving.”

“Sinner” is a stellar track, and I think it’s Young Decades’ best single yet. So long as they keep making outstanding music like this, their star will surely continue to rise.

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YOUNG DECADES – Single Review: “Islands”

Young Decades

Young Decades are a new English rock band based in Manchester who released their beautiful debut single “Islands” on April 24th. Before I get into discussing the song I’ll provide a bit of background on the band members, who’ve had a bit of a journey to get to where they are today. Prior to forming as Young Decades earlier this year, three of the four current band members were part of Liverpool-based band COLOUR, which itself was formed early in the 2010s from the ashes of two previous acts – Liverpool band The Changes, and Manchester band Red Light Motion. As COLOUR, they released a number of terrific singles and EPs, including “Strangers”, “Kafé” and “The Famous Boy Making Things”, winning a BBC award and national radio play along the way.

With their sound moving in new directions in early 2020, the band in short order lost two girlfriends and their drummer, and decided to relocate to Manchester. With a COVID-19 lockdown looming, they rushed to hold auditions for a new drummer, posting ads everywhere they could around Manchester. After only 20 minutes into their first audition with one of Northwest England’s best percussionists in the form of YouTube drummer, Luke Bolger, the decision was made to bring him into the fold. The four immediately reformed as Young Decades, in reference to the first two decades of the century from which the band was formed. The official lineup now consists of James Tidd (vocals), Scott Harvey (guitar, keyboards), Liam Downey (Bass) and Luke Bolger (drums).

Young Decades’ music is a glorious mash-up of rock, synth pop and EDM elements, and “Islands” is the very embodiment of their lush, dreamy sound. The gorgeous song was co-produced by the band and Tom Longworth, and mastered by renowned mastering engineer Pete Maher (U2, The Killers, Nick Cave, The Pixies). The song has a sweeping, synth-driven melody reminiscent of some of The Killers songs that I love. The galloping riffs and thumping drumbeats beautifully evoke the urgency expressed in the lyrics about two people struggling to save themselves by running away to find a place they can be free. I love the richly colorful synths throughout the track, and one of the song’s highlights for me are Scott’s hauntingly beautiful piano keys.

James has a wonderful, emotive singing voice, and his vocals sound amazing as his earnest croons in the verses soar to passionate heights in the chorus, accompanied by stirring harmonies that bring goosebumps. “Islands” is a stunning record, and a spectacular debut for this talented band of musicians.

I’m On The Run, I’m Hanging On
Just Hold Your Breath, And Grab My Open Hand
A Hurricane, An Aching Pain
Is Closing Down, Shutters On Everything
Oh My Love Is, Ever Burning
Build It High, As the Seasons Turn In
[Oh
My Love] Oh My Love, [Time Is Up] Time Is Come
[Oh My Love] To Build Something From the Sea
Build An Island, Where We Can Be
I Need The Dry Land, Just You And Me

Can We Build That High, Can You Say You’ll Try
Don’t Just Sit And Stare, I Can Almost Feel It
The Cooking Sand, Falling Through My Hand
Like The Time We Waste, Being On A Different Page
Oh My Love Is, Ever Burning
Build It High, As the Seasons Turn In
[Oh My Love] Oh My Love, [Time Is Up] Time Is Come
[Oh My Love] To Build Something, From the Sea

Build An Island, Where We Can Be
I Need The Dry Land, Just to be…
All Ours, It’ll Be All Ours, It’ll Be
All Ours, It’ll Be All Ours, It’ll Be
All Ours, It’ll Be All Ours, It’ll Be
Build An Island, Where We Can Be
I Need The Dry Land, Just to be…

On May 2nd, Young Decades released a special EP Islands Audio Negatives, featuring five alternate versions of the song, including acoustic, instrumental and slowed-down versions the band is calling “audio negatives”. They’re all really beautiful, so do check them out:

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