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SUN KIL MOON Ali/Spinks 2

Song­writ­ers pur­sue their craft for dif­fer­ent rea­sons. Some com­pose songs to move or amuse au­di­ences, oth­ers to tell im­por­tant sto­ries or in­duce large-but­tocked ladies to wig­gle their pos­te­ri­ors in a provoca­tive man­ner. Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek has set rather dif­fer­ent goals for his ca­reer. “I write songs that make peo­ple laugh, cry, happy,” he sings here, “and songs that make grown men shit their pants like lit­tle ba­bies.” That would equal a feat pre­vi­ously only ac­com­plished by Hideo Nakata’s 1998 cult hor­ror clas­sic The Ring and a cer­tain fast food chain’s cheese and taco fries.

VIL­LAGERS Hot Scary Sum­mer

Conor O’Brien is some­times guilty of be­ing a lit­tle too opaque. But not on this, the sec­ond song re­leased from his forth­com­ing Dar­ling Arith­metic al­bum. It’s the wist­ful tale of two young lovers, kiss­ing on cob­ble­stones, dodg­ing roam­ing packs of ho­mo­phobes and rev­el­ling in a bliss­ful re­la­tion­ship that feels like it will never end. Per­formed on an acous­tic gui­tar with min­i­mal ac­com­pa­ni­ment, it is a song that is both beau­ti­ful and heart­break­ingly sad.

TAME IM­PALA Let It Hap­pen

The first sin­gle from Tame Im­pala’s third al­bum is be­ing hailed by many as po­ten­tially one of the sin­gles of the year. And I will con­cede, it has a pretty im­pres­sive break­down sec­tion right in the mid­dle, where it re­ally sounds like your lap­top is on the fritz. That wonky in­ter­lude aside, this is all a lit­tle too Kula Shaker for my tastes.

BLOOMS Fall

Lon­don-based Mayo na­tive Louise Cun­nane is an elec­tronic artist who first came to public at­ten­tion last sum­mer with the ex­cel­lent If EP. She plays at Twisted Pep­per in Dublin on April 25th, with sup­port from Laura Sheeran and Dublin pro­ducer Kobina.

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