Welcome to The SALSA Weekly! The SALSA Weekly is a curated playlist/post on the blog, wherein members of SALSA will submit one song they have been digging the past week and why.
For your listening pleasure, here are our picks in one handy dandy Spotify playlist. Scroll down for what we have to say!
Makyo: Haken — The Cockroach King
So, I heard this song a while back and immediately strated a new playlist with it called TENORS YELLING because, well…that’s sorta what happens here. For some reason, I just really latched onto this song, though. It’s so damn dramatic, and so damn catchy. And they sound like Muppets. And they totally own that.
Found on: Muppetify
Proxy: Now, Now — MJ
Now, Now is a band I’ve been following for a few years now. Their 2012 record Threads was an excellent slice of poppy emo-tinged indie rock with a strong ear for hooks and whispery vocals (helps that it’s also pretty explicitly queer!). They remained silent for a few years only to come back with singles last summer and earlier this year announcing a new album, Saved. That finally came out last week and it’s a major shift in sound: the band is embracing a slicker, synthier pop soundscape while remaining true to its emo roots.
“MJ” is one of my favourites off of this new record. Lead vocalist KC is singing to Michael Jackson – her childhood idol – about a deteriorating relationship, using him as a connecting point to this girl she had a connection with. The lyrics pinpoint the frustration with the dissolution of the relationship rather than the specifics, but it works in the song’s favour as setup for later in the album. “MJ” is also extremely catchy, its whispered harmonies in its chorus and driving synths giving this dancey momentum. A catchy chorus and momentum that let you lose yourself in the vibe of it all while having lyrical content that grounds it is a sign of a good pop tune in my mind.
Found on: Spot, ify
Amdusias: Illuminati Hotties— Pressed 2 Death
ONE! TWO! PBBBBBBBBBTH!
I am actually incapable of not cracking up every time I hear this. And maybe that’s not the point. But it sure works.
Found on: Spbbbbbbbt
He is the Swabble-dobble-glibber-glab, the yeast of thoughts and minds.
Found on: Youtube
I’ve been a fan of Sabrepulse for many many years and this track off his latest release “Exile” It’s downtempo, relaxing and perfect for lazy summer mornings. It also feels pretty different from older Sabrepulse tracks and showcases his growth and development as a young musician. It reminds me quite a bit of early Bonobo with it’s use of flute samples and strings.
Found on: Splorty Eye
Ola Kvernberg is a Swedish jazz musician who knows how to make some pretty damn cinematic music. Mechanical Fair is simultaneously sweeping and rich yet also calm and tranquil. I love the slow build up, minimalistic approach, and fluid progression within the piece.
Found on: Mr. Spotlesworth
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