The 5 Best Songs of the Week: Sheer Mag, The National and More

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The 5 Best Songs of the Week: Sheer Mag, The National and More

We go through a lot of music here at Paste — so much so that it’s easy for stuff to get lost in, well, the shuffle. With that in mind, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to sift through the pile and highlight some of the most exciting tracks we’re listening to right now. Here are five songs we’re spinning this week!

1. Chastity Belt, “5am”
The third single from Chastity Belt forthcoming full-length, I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone (out June 2 via Hardly Art), album closer “5am” captures that universal feeling of waking with a start in the wee morning hours and fixating on everything. “Immediate urge to get everything all straight,” Julia Shapiro sings. “Need to express it, but it’s not the time or place.” True, but this is a start.

2.Nick Murphy, “Your Time (prod. KAYTRANADA)”
Now that he’s dropped onetime moniker “Chet Faker,” Australian pop performer Nick Murphy has leaned further into that decision with a five-song EP called Missing Link. The opening track features production work from Montreal’s KAYTRANADA. Together, they create a slick, ominous soundscape that puts Murphy’s strained vocals front and center for an electro-R&B masterpiece.

3. Hundred Waters, “Particle”
We haven’t seen much from Hundred Waters since their lovely 2014 effort, The Moon Rang Like A Bell. But this week brought a subtle, synthy delight called “Particle,” which relies on light piano touches and, of course, Nicole Miglis’ velvety vocals. Hopefully this means a follow-up LP is forthcoming.

4. The National, “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness”
Ever since the release of 2013’s Trouble Will Find Me, The National has made it clear that they wanted their follow-up to channel the energy of their live show. They’ve made good on that promise on the charismatic “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness,” the first single from their forthcoming seventh album, Sleep Well Beast (out on September 8 via 4AD). Floating in with poignant piano chords and twitchy guitar, “The System” features multiple instrumental layers, with trumpet fluttering over propulsive percussion and Matt Berninger’s thundering baritone. It’s a fine return to form.

5. Sheer Mag, “Just Can’t Get Enough”
After three years and three EPs, rough-and-tumble Philly rock outfit Sheer Mag are finally about to drop a full-length, Need To Feel Your Love (out July 14 on Wilsuns Recording Company). The record’s lead single, “Just Can’t Get Enough,” follows in the band’s grand tradition of ‘70s-channelling guitar anthems, with lead singer Tina Halladay yowling good-naturedly about a heady rush of new-love energy.

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