On Repeat: Savages, Röyksopp, Thee Oh Sees, Bon Iver

Each of these tracks are infectious for their own reasons. They will burrow inside your brain, and they will not yield. I may or may not have been yelled at by multiple people for incessantly mumbling that guitar riff from Thee Oh Sees, or embarrased myself in front of fellow commuters while attempting to sing The Answer.. Loudly. This isn't about me though. This is about getting some great music stuck in YOUR head. Enjoy this week of On Repeat.

Savages - The Answer

From their 2016 sophomore album Adore Life, Savages set the mood right out the gate with the opening track The Answer. The album is phenomenal – the music drives at full throttle throughout all 10 tracks, with a few moody dips in pace sprinkled in. This English, 4-woman group have a visceral, matured angst to their noise-rock, post-punk influence that tap into the best of both worlds.

 

Röyksopp - Never Ever ft. Susanne Sundfør

Norwegian duo Royksopp have been making music since 1998. I’d never heard of the electronic, synthpop group before, but I found Never Ever while looking up Susanne Sundfør. I Absolutely LOVE the work that Sundfør does, and this collaboration is brilliant. The track is catchy as hell, and the music video is trippy and hilarious – it seriously looks like something Adult Swim would have made. I know the people in the video are dancing poorly for comedic effect, but I can’t help but to join in with an awful jig of my own.

 

Thee Oh Sees - Toe Cutter/Thumb Buster

Thee oh sees is a garage-rock, psychedelic, post-punk band that formed in 1997. They’ve been around, gone through multiple line-ups, and have something like 16 studio albums under their belts – I’m NOT going to go into their history. They are music industry veterans. This track off of their most recent album A Weird Exits is extremely catchy. I don’t know if it’s the repetitive fuzzy guitars that do it, the echoic lo-fi vocals, or maybe the video is just so good that it elevates the music – regardless of the reason, this is one catchy track.

 

Bon Iver - 33 "GOD"

For me the name Bon Iver is synonymous with white girls performing ukulele covers of Skinny Love on YouTube. Justin Vernon, the American indie folk singer-songwriter at the helm of Bon Iver, made a bold decision to move away from the genre of his previous albums and pursue more experimental avenues. It paid off. The whole album is a fantastic and bold change in direction when he didn't really need to change anything because he was already making award winning music. Vernon knows how to write good music and the newest album 22, A Million is no exception. Go get this album right now.