Each week, Vulture highlights the best new music. Listen to them all. As the days grow dark and short and long drawn-out baths are the reward for a year of toil, the warmth of an acoustic paean to a dream of everlasting togetherness can fill a cold space with hope and the desire to recuperate for another trip around the sun. Melancholy, as a concept, is incredibly pervasive in the music we listen to. Dan Snaith, as Caribou, has perfected a sad-on-the-dance-floor strain that manages to celebrate love even as it laments the more painful aspects of it. Laying alone in your mistake. Make it up to me someday.
Dive into our 15 favorite songs from September, as chosen by the Paste music staff and listed alphabetically by artist. Listen to the Spotify playlist right here. It sounds like a deep exhale. Le Bon and Cox completed their seven-track contribution, Myths , in just one week. With her languid voice over plinking keys, warm strings and backing vocals that vie for your attention, Le Bon creates a world of her own—before it shifts, suddenly and seamlessly, to stark spoken word from Cox. But eventually, those irresistible melodies fall away, subsumed by a hard-charging, Krautrock-like instrumental break that wrests the song away as in a demonic possession—like an artist seized by inspiration, the self consumed by the act of creation. All three, if you ask me. The result is so thrilling you wonder how the Quins have managed to keep the song a year secret.
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Subscribe to the updating playlist on Apple Music. Pop could use more of that kind of pathos. The result is dazzling. FKA Twigs has the kind of magnetic presence that lends itself to making solo records. Ditching the dead-eyed humor of her debut record Both works surprisingly well for Okay Kaya. Good melodies clearly come incredibly easy to Charlie Puth. Sure, this is an industrial techno track, but Giant Swan, with their theatrical performance style and subtle hooks, carry all the hallmarks of a great pop act. A lot of this kind of jacked-up rave pop tends to be featherweight, lacking enough low-end to give it any traction. Balancing an Ace of Base interpolation and flourishes of Latin trap, it sounds terrible on paper but is remarkably great on record. Winter The Now Issue.
After being used in the film September Affair , the song has been recorded by numerous singers and instrumentalists. It was also used during screen credits in the British television series May to December , the name of which quotes the opening line of the song's main theme. The song originated from Walter Huston's request that he should have one solo song in Knickerbocker Holiday if he was to play the role of the aged governor of New Netherland, Peter Stuyvesant. Anderson and Weill wrote the song in a couple of hours for Huston's gruff voice and limited vocal range. It is a political allegory criticizing the policies of the New Deal through the portrayal of a semi— fascist government of New Amsterdam, with a corrupt governor and councilmen. It also involves a love triangle with a young woman forced to marry the governor Peter Stuyvesant while loving another.