What do we have for Today’s Top Tune you ask? We prepare for Goldfrapp‘s full-length album with a song that will keep us dancing until its March 31 release. Remember when we first heard from Jem back in 2004 when she hand delivered her demo to KCRW? Now after millions of hits on socials, she’s back with a 60s inspired album! We hear new work from Surfer Blood. The Golden Filter turns to Virgina Woolf for inspiration. And as we wait to see Tinariwen rip up The Fonda next month, we get acquainted with a new track by the nomadic bluesmen.
Monday, February 20
Goldfrapp songs have a distinctive signature that makes keeping still difficult. Whether you’re in high heels or boots, you’ll find these electronic parcels are packed with sensual beats that make it impossible to sit still to. Try it on the song “Anymore.”
Tuesday, February 21
Virginia Woolf once said, “The whole world is a work of art… we are the words, we are the music, we are the thing itself.” The Golden Filter paid heed to that idea, crafting “We Are the Music” for their 2017 album Still//Alone.
Wednesday, February 22
There is a distinctive 60s theme and cozy feel to Jem’s new album, whose roots and title track were established while the Welch singer lived in Beachwood Canyon. It seems that that legendary neighborhood crept right into her musical soul. Listen for yourself on “Beachwood Canyon.”
Thursday, February 23
Snowdonia is a departure from Surfer Blood’s sound as the eight tracks make up the band’s most ambitious recording to date. Inspired by the loss of their guitarist, Thomas Fekete, the song “Six Flags in F or G” highlights performances by new members with an outpouring of love.
Friday, February 24
Tuareg band Tinariwen has been touring the world for years with hypnotic desert psych-blues. Meanwhile, their homeland in the Saharan mountains has become a conflict zone. As the frontiers between Mali and Algeria close and force them into exile, they look back at what once was in the song “Ténéré Takhal,” which translates to What’s Happened to the Desert.