On Repeat This Week: May 17, 2020

Every Sunday, the 5-Star Sounds team assembles a list of songs, albums, and artists that we can't get enough of. Take a listen.

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Every Sunday, the 5-Star Sounds team assembles a list of songs, albums, and artists that we can’t get enough of. Take a listen to what we’ve been playing over and over for the past week.

This week, we’ve got an eclectic group of songs from artists like Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Fiona Apple, Ben Rector, Teen Ravine, the Internet, and more.

What have you been listening to lately? Let us know in the comments below!

What We’re Listening To

Chad M. Crabtree

Chad M. Crabtree

  • “Temple” – Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
  • “Falling for You” – Charlotte OC
  • “Heavy Balloon” – Fiona Apple

The title track from Temple, the latest release from Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, features an awesomely squawky guitar riff played over a funky bass line. It reminds me of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at their most danceable.

But if you want your dance music a bit more subdued while you’re on lockdown, Charlotte OC’s new EP, Oh the Agony, Oh the Ecstasy, brings a mellower mood without sacrificing any seductive energy. The standout track, Falling for You, hooks you from the start and doesn’t let go, showcasing Charlotte O’Connor’s voice, reminiscent of the captivating power of Stevie Nicks.

Good luck dancing to Heavy Balloon–or anything on Fiona Apple’s latest: Fetch the Bolt Cutters. The album is an obvious contender for “best album of 2020,” and Heavy Balloon encapsulates the relentless push and pull found throughout the record. Backed by ominous drumming and spare bass work, Apple wrenches anger and frustration from somewhere deep hurls it at you with her scathing vocals. One of the more surprising and remarkable songs and albums I’ve heard.

Finally, the newest album from indie rock prodigy Will Toledo and his project Car Seat Headrest offers something of a sonic changeup from his previous work. Nonetheless, the album opener, Weightlifters still provides his trademark irony and hooks that butt up against dissonant elements and noise. This track, and the rest of Making a Door Less Open, is the most fun you’ll have listening to ironic rock.

Joshua Weinstein

Joshua Weinstein

  • “It Would Be You” – Ben Rector

Ben Rector recorded his new single It Would Be You in quarantine and released it just a few days ago. The song has a lively throwback vibe and an undeniably catchy chorus. Rector puts a positive and sentimental spin on the end of the world, reminding us that there’s always something worthwhile, even when times are tough.

ethan scully

Ethan Scully

  • “Mauerbauertraurigkeit” – Closure in Moscow
  • “Telephone” – CASTLEBEAT, Sonia Gadhia
  • “Above Average” – Teen Ravine
  • “Special Affair” – The Internet

This week I’ve been Russian to listen to the deliciously raw Radiohead-esque Mauerbauertraurigkeit by Closure in Moscow. The dreamy bedroom pop anthem Telephone by CASTLEBEAT has been off the hook (every song of theirs is a ringer). Above Average by Teen Ravine is definitely an outlier (it only makes sense if you listen to it), and sounds like the best possible version of elevator music. Finally, try downloading the wildly sexy Special Affair by The Internet, trust me, it’s got byte, and you won’t get baud listening to it.