WVCW’s Top 20 (4/27/2014-05/03/2014)

WVCW’S Top 20 of the Week List

Tune into our top 20 every Saturday at Noon

The list of our favorite top 20 songs of the week …in no particular descending order

 

Song

Artist

Erreur Humaine

Paws

Oblivious

Jessica Lea Mayfield

What’s On Your Mind

The Greyhounds

A Midsummer Evening

Yann Tierson

Airwaves

Ray LayMontagne

The Crash

Motion Animal

The Fire

Kina Grannis

Wild Enough

The Neighbors

Where There’s Love

The Trews

Teenager

The Rich Hand

Soldiers

The Trouble with Templeton

Woe

Wild Adriatic

Heavy Seas of Love

Damon Albarn

Down on My Luck

Vic Mensa

I Got The Moves

Habibi

I am Very Very Lonely

Chance The Rapper

Cam Girl

Jeremy and The Harlequins

Medicine

Waylayers

Want It

Kelela Feat. Tink

WVCW’s Top 20 4/19/2014-4/26/2014

WVCW’S Top 20 of the Week List

Tune into our top 20 every Saturday at Noon

The list of our favorite top 20 songs of the week …in no particular descending order

 

 

Song

Artist

Vunerable (esta. remix)

Tinashe

Dominic

Ramona Lisa

Sun Model

Odesza

Visions

Murci

Ivory

Movement

No Rest For The Wicked

Lykke Li

Let Go

Little Dragon

Dreams

Boots feat. Beyonce

Primitive

Real Estate

Savage Victory

Thee Oh Sees

Flesh War

Total Control

Gone Forever

Johnossi

An Island

Chevelle

WVCW’s Top 20 (3/30/2014-4/5/2014)

 

WVCW’S Top 20 of the Week List

 

Tune into our top 20 every Saturday at Noon

 

The list of our favorite top 20 songs of the week …in no particular descending order

 

 

 

Artist

Song

Album

Night Terrors of 1927

Dust and Bones

Guilty Pleasures EP

The Black Keys

Fever

[Single]

Real Estate

Had to Hear

Atlas

Future Loves Past

Luna

Our Solar System EP

The War on Drugs

Red Eyes

Lost in the Dream

Tribu Ultraviolet

Pinata

Pinata

Walking Shapes

In the Wake

Taka Come one

Crooked Colors

Come Down

Come Down EP

Daley

Look Up

Days and Nights EP

Haim

If I Could Change Your Mind

Days Are Gone

How to Dress Well

Words I Don’t Remember

Repeat Pleasure

Mirror Kisses

Genius

Heartbeats

RAC (ft. Matthew Koma)

Cheap Sunglasses

Strangers Pt. II

Sevyn Streeter

nEXT

Call me Crazy…But EP

SZA

Sweet November

Suburban Lager

The Hold Steady

Spinners

Teeth Dreams

The Last Internationale

The Killing Fields

Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Indian Blood

Thief

BROKEN BOY

Closer EP

Theophilus London ft. Jesse Boykins III

Live In me

Love Apparatus

Victoria Monet

Malice in Wonderland

[Single]

     

 

 

WVCW’s Top 20 (3/23/2014 – 3/29/2014)

WVCW’S Top 20 of the Week List

Tune into our top 20 every Saturday at Noon

The list of our favorite top 20 songs of the week …in no particular descending order

Artist

Song

Album

Alabama Coldcock

Black Pistol Fire

Hush or Howl

De Lux

Better at Making Time

Voyage

The Coathangers

Follow Me

Suck My Shirt

London Grammar

Hey Now

If You Wait

Zella Day

1965

Sweet Ophelia EP

Foster The People

Ask Yourself

Supermodel

Bi-Polar Sunshine

Drowning Butterflies

Drowning Butterflies EP

James Supercave

The Afternoon

The Afternoon

Mo

Don’t Wanna Dance

No Mythologies to Follow

Warm Soda

The One I Need

Young Reckless Hearts

Ava Luna

PRPL

Electric Ballon

Kes

Carry on

Audio Justice

Chris Scholar

Nominee

Language Arts EP

Doja Cat

So High

[Single]

Jhene Aiko

My Afternoon Dream

[Single]

Motez

Promise Me

Sweat it Out!

Ski Lodge

Our Love is Over Now

Big Heart

SZA

Babylon

Surburban Lager

The Internet

Don’t Cha

Feel Good

Youngblood Hawke

Pressure

[Single]

MGMT: MGMT

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MGMT’s newest, self-titled, record is a long, strange trip away from where they started on their debut, Oracular Spectacular. Combining lush, processed post production (courtesy of producer and psych wizard Dave Fridmann) with droning song structures the band has mostly abandoned the upbeat glow-pop that made them commercially successful. Even in comparison to 2010’s Congratulations, this record seems quite different for MGMT in terms of sound, lyrics, and songwriting.

Perhaps in retaliation to the sound that made them big, the overall tone (with the exception of the jaunty “Plenty of Girls in the Sea”) is much darker than before and the lyrics, while still being far out, seem more introspective and question the deeper elements of themselves. Lines like “I might feel better knowing I wasn’t alone” from “Cool Song No. 2” and “What am I really like inside” from “Introspection” reinforce the dark and reflective moods portrayed on the record. With most of the songs being rather dark and existentially themed, the previously mentioned “Plenty of Girls in the Sea”  is a refreshing breath of air, but feels so upbeat that it’s almost sounds like a trite novelty song instead of well placed sing along.

Musically this record draws more from their psychedelic forefathers, bands like The 13th Floor Elevators and Barret era Pink Floyd, than the electro poppy vibe of the 80’s, being very focused on drones and soundscapes. Songs like “Astro-mancy” and “Alien Days” focus on experimental structures and odd chord changes, and while the musical experimentation is very interesting, it detracts from solid, memorable, songwriting. The closest thing this album has to a hit is the lead single “Your Life is a Lie” and that, while fun, lacks the pop sensibility or unique sounds to make it stand out. However saying this record lacks a hit is not to detract from it’s importance or relevance. This record serves as another stepping stone toward the greater cause of having MGMT become comfortable with themselves. The running theme between all of MGMT’s releases post Oracular Spectacular are that they are running from the sound that made them famous. Their first record was the band experimenting on a blank canvas with no expectations of what they should sound like. Now each record is trying to be different, with the sole purpose of distancing themselves from “Kids”. Their self titled record proves to be about as far out as they can be, and ideally will lead to them feeling more comfortable using their synthy dance vibe while sonically experimenting over top of it.

Overall MGMT is best summed up by a line “Today, find infinite ways it could be worse/ It’s a blessing, but it’s also a curse” from “Alien Days”. I’m glad to see MGMT is continuing to put out records, but I would also like to see something a little more focused. This record is worth a listen but probably not a buy for most casual listeners and not diehard fans.

55/100