These songs came out in April 2019. I feel like I should compare them to fresh tulips, or dewy mornings, or baby rabbits frolicking in dewy tulip patches. And I guess I just did! Check out these 10 amazing tracks from the dew-tastic month that was.
1. Otoboke Beaver – “datsu . hikage no onna”
This Kyoto punk quartet has tapped into a reservoir of adrenaline potent enough to reanimate a long-dead heart.
2. Rico Nasty – “Hatin”
Rico made a Neptunes beat her own last year. Now it’s Jay-Z’s turn.
3. Annika Norlin – “Showering in Public”
A staggeringly beautiful folk song about locker room anxiety.
4. Kevin Abstract – “Joy Ride”
The visionary behind the electrifying hip-hop collective Brockhampton adds some humidity to his forecast, in the form of 1998 Outkast horn charts.
5. PUP – “Kids”
Ideally, getting older comes with some level of certainty. And when that certainty is about love, well that’s something to shout about.
6. Weyes Blood – “Everyday”
The Beatles made it sound easy, but “I need love” can be a pretty terrifying thing to say out loud. Weyes Blood makes this admission, over and over again, wisely bringing a soothing, 1970s soft rock orchestra along for the ride.
7. Pivot Gang – “Colbert”
This long-distance love song nails the reason why I bought a Dodge Neon in 2000. “I don’t wanna waste time / I don’t wanna FaceTime / I wanna be where you are.”
8. The Mountain Goats – “Clemency for the Wizard King”
That Council of Elrond moment, where Frodo Baggins realizes this impossible burden is his to bear, despite his size, lack of training and non-violent nature? This song makes me cry like that scene does.
9. Your Old Droog – “Babushka”
Musty clarinets, meet crusty NYC shit talk.
10. Beyoncé (feat. Jay-Z) – “Deja Vu (Live)”
It begins with what might be the greatest bass line in 21st century pop. Which then seamlessly shifts into the groove from Fela Kuti’s “Zombie,” fleshed out with reverence and vivacity by that incredible Homecoming marching band. Then Jay-Z plays the hype man to our Most Valuable Pop Star, in full control of her astonishing voice, singing about the hallucinatory power of love. It’s gonna be a long time before I hear a live album without wishing it was this one.