- Nedda Afsari
This week, St. Vincent and Beck dropped new singles, and The National released its seventh studio album.
Here are the 5 best songs from the past week that you can stream right now:
St. Vincent — “Los Ageless”
St. Vincent’s Annie Clark crafts a satiric takedown of L.A. on her latest single, “Los Ageless,” a sharp, electric track that also finds her ruminating on the loss of her model-actress ex-girlfriend.
Beck — “Up All Night”
With a falsetto chorus and bright, pop-rock instrumentation, Beck seems to channel French indie rock band Phoenix on “Up All Night,” the most recent single from his upcoming album “Colors.”
SZA — “Quicksand”
Kendrick Lamar labelmate SZA’s “Quicksand” is a fresh R&B love song with soul-sampling production. It’s also the latest original single from the new-music hub that is HBO’s “Insecure.”
Kaytranada — “2017 – 38”
Montreal-based producer Kaytranada released a trio of SoundCloud singles last weekend. The best of the three, “2017 – 38,” flips an ambient keyboard sample into a stellar dance track.
The National — “Walk It Back”
The National’s new, seventh studio album, “Sleep Well Beast,” finds the legendary indie rock band trying out a variety of unorthodox sounds. “Walk It Back,” a standout track, features a pulsating synth beat and moving lyricism from singer Matt Berninger.