Spring is always an excellent time of year for new releases, and this spring is no different. Right now, there isn’t enough time in the day to listen to all the albums that were just released. And as a three-man crew, we often can’t give everything the full album review treatment. So I figured I would cover five of my favorite songs from the spring, with emphasis on songs deserving to sing along with.
tUnE-yArDs – “Water Fountain”
Merrill Garbus (aka tUnE-yArDs) just released her third album Nikki Nack, and while it isn’t quite as consistent as her breakout sophomore album whoKill, the highs are just as great. “Water Fountain” is certainly one of those highs, with a playful sing-song melody that is subverted by its socially conscious lyrics, with a look at third world justice, much in the spirit of M.I.A.’s music.
Sylvan Esso – “Hey Mami”
Todd has been pumping electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso, and once I finally gave them a listen, I can see why. Their self-titled debut is filled with bouncy and airy vocal from Amelia Randall Meath and playful electronic sounds pinging around in the background. “Hey Mami” will instantly endear you to the band, and you may need the Men In Black memory wash to get it out of your head.
Kelis – “Friday Fish Fry”
I couldn’t find the studio version of “Friday Fish Fry”, but Kelis’ new album Food is one of my biggest surprises of the year. Best known for her sexy food classic “Milkshake” and being formerly married to Nas, Kelis is also a certified chef and an artist worth more than a milkshake. Her new culinary-themed album Food is produced by TV On the Radio’s Dave Sitek and is a true surprise. “Friday Fish Fry” is a bluesy raveup that could have landed on Exile On Main Street if Mick Jagger had more soul and another X gene.
Lykke Li – “Never Gonna Love Again”
A full-on review is coming for Lykke Li’s third album I Never Learn next week, but for now, shower in the brilliance of “Never Gonna Love Again”. It’s a huge anthemic ballad fitting to be sung at the top of your lungs and hopefully (and deservedly) on every pop radio station in the country.
Lily Allen – “L8 Cmmr”
Lily Allen is one sassy chick. She has always been known for her brashness, and in her first album after her five year hiatus, little has changed. “L8 Cmmr” is a big boisterous pop song full of fun sound effects and the perfect sound for a sunny day.
For more spring sing-alongs, check out my 15 song Spotify playlist.