Maybe it’s me, maybe it’s how much good new music is constantly being released, maybe it’s Maybelline. Maybe it’s an amalgam of everything. Whatever the case, I never have a shortage of (good, really good, great) music to listen to. Here are my favourite songs from March. (My god Wintersleep, you are incredible).
25. Future/Weeknd – Low Life
24. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f. Leon Bridges – Kevin
23. Monster Truck – Don’t Tell Me How To Live
22. Ria Mae – Gold (JordanXL Remix)
Bonus: Rabbii – Hang Us High
21. Holy Esque – Hexx
20. Tinie Tempah – Girls Like
19. The Thermals – My Heart Went Cold
18. Miike Snow – I Feel The Weight
17. Run River North – Run or Hide
16. Ra Ra Riot – Bad Times
15. Jordan Klassen – Baby Moses
14. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne – Gotta Lotta
Best use of a sample in forever. So cheeky and so funny. Scatman John would be proud.
13. Yeasayer – Silly Me
12. Bleached – Wednesday Night Melody
11. All Saints – One Strike
Nice comeback tune.
10. Wintersleep – Spirit/More Than
Could be the best Canadian band around.
9. case/lang/viers – Atomic Number
Neko wins at whatever she does. Really digging this tune.
8. Mothers – It Hurts Until It Doesn’t
Love the melody and how the tempo slows to a crawl and builds again.
7. Lumineers – Ophelia
Very solid comeback single.
6. Sundara Karma – A Young Understanding
Such an earwormy tune. I’m going to take note of this English band.
5. Fifth Harmony – Work From Home
Absurdly stupid lyrics, but the song is the embodiment of incessant. Wickedly catchy.
4. Wintersleep – Lifting Cure/Who Are You
My love for this band knows no bounds. These two songs are bloody brilliant. I love the melody, lyrics, and music of Lifting Cure, and Who Are You is such a wonderfully simple, guitar-led ditty. Wintersleep can write any type of song and slay it.
3. Frightened Rabbit – Get Out/Death Dream
Triumphant first two singles from the Scots’ latest LP. Frightened Rabbit’s combo of melody, relatability, and rootability (making up words as I go, no biggie) is ever charming.
2. The Boxer Rebellion – Big Ideas
I don’t love every single song these guys put out, but when they hit, they hit huge for me. This is one such behemoth. Love the build up and the guitars.
1. Wintersleep – Shadowless/Metropolis
Shadowless and Metropolis are the beating heart of Wintersleep’s indefatigable new record. They’re two of the best songs that will be released in 2016, and they’re two of the best songs that Wintersleep have ever created. There are only a select number of songs any given year that are so powerful that they elicit a physical and emotional response. Shadowless is one such song. I feel fortunate to have seen their intimate show in Hamilton at The Casbah this March. I was lucky enough to meet all the members of the band I tried to impart to them how much I love their music. Artists need to know they’re fighting the good fight. I can only hope this band keeps making music and touring.