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This week, Frank Ocean and U2 released new singles, and LCD Soundsystem dropped its first album in seven years.
Here are the 5 best songs from the past week that you can stream right now:
Frank Ocean — “Provider”
Frank Ocean’s seventh edition of his Apple Music show “Blonded Radio” concluded on Sunday with a new single, “Provider.” The laid-back, pitch-shifted track finds Ocean contemplating relationships, fame, and fatherhood in his customary mode of offbeat lyricism.
The National — “Day I Die”
On The National’s latest impressive single, singer Matt Berninger ruminates with dark humor about love and mortality. “Young mothers love me / Even ghosts of girlfriends call from Cleveland / They will meet me anytime and anywhere,” he sings.
LCD Soundsystem — “oh baby”
Back from a seven-year-long “retirement,” James Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem has finally released its fourth studio album, “American Dream.” The Roy Orbison-like melody and steadily building synths of “oh baby” make for a compelling intro track and highlight.
John Maus — “The Combine”
Singer-producer John Maus’s first single in six years, “The Combine,” sounds like an epic soundtrack to a video game boss battle. The song’s hypnotic music video features distorted, psychedelic imagery of rural landscapes.
U2 — “The Blackout”
Following a stellar collaboration with Kendrick Lamar earlier this year, U2 has returned with a performance video for “The Blackout,” an effective retread of sounds from its past. It’s the band’s first new music since 2014, when they angered many by deciding to throw their last album on everyone’s iPhone.