Top Tracks of the Week – 07/03/2016

Get a taste of what’s blaring out of DCUfm this week, courtesy of our resident track monkeys.

Clair De Lune – Little Green Cars

By Ryan McBride (Barometer)

With a title like Clair De Lune, you’re expecting a big showing from Little Green Cars. March 4th saw the second song from their second album, Ephemera, hit Spotify. The album itself has yet to be released.

It’s somewhat sleepy, a hushed lullaby. Of course, appropriate for a song whose name translates to English as ‘Moonlight’.  But by no means boring, it draws you in and holds your attention with a nice hook.

The Piano peeks out from under the guitar strum the whole way, but it grows more prominent. “I think that beauty is the beast”, the opening lyrics are like something from a bedtime story. A comforting tranquiliser dart. Repetition of “Makes me happy”, reassures you.

But the monotonous chant-like verses leave the listener with a sense of unease. And the gradually deteriorating nature of the lyrics compound that. “There’s evil on the radio, seeps out of every fucking show”.

You’ve taken a sleeping pill in a room you now realise is full of murderers.

It ends on a positive note, though, the panic quelled.

“And as unlikely as it seems
Yeah, there’s a place for you and me
On board a boat inside our dreams
And I know we’ll be happy”

Little Green Cars’ new album Ephemera is available for pre-order now, and will be released on March 11th.

Something About Lemons – Chumped

By Leandro Pondoc (The Wonder Years)

Not exactly a subtle piece. In fact, you can pretty much surmise the entire thrust of this song from the opening lyrics. It’s quite blunt. Brash, college rock about screaming out your feelings. It’s a perfect encapsulation of all that angry, confused, conflicted pop punk that swam across the 00’s but instead filtered through a filter that processed no bullshit. It’s that cathartic release that everyone needs. We’ve felt like we’re trapped in a cage. Walls closing in. No traction to a future that everyone wanted from you. It takes no prisoners and doesn’t allow much empathy. As a way to maturity, this song might be a dead end. As a ragged cry of desperation, it fits all too well.

Move Along – Asking Alexandria

By Aidan Delaney (too big for any show)

Asking Alexandria split with their singer Danny Worsnop early last year as he softened his sound to form We Are Harlot. The split was mainly amicable with AA snatching Ukranian Denis Stoff from metal core band Make Me Famous. We Are Harlot have had great reviews so far with Worsnop’s soothing lyrics contradicting his earlier screamo. It was something he trailed successfully in this AA song, Moving On.

Wichita Lineman – Villagers

By Aisling Loughlin (The Oddcast/Pussyc(h)at)

Signing off their most recent album Where Have You Been All My Life, Villagers provide a fresh take on Glen Campbell’s 1960s country song Wichita Lineman. What resonates most about this version of the song is the simplicity in both instrumentation and vocals. This is something that is quintessential of Conor O’Brien and Villagers as a whole. As a live album, Where Have You Been All My Life really plays to the heart of a Villagers fan. However it is this cover and the beautiful delivery of the lyrics ‘and I need you more than want you, and I want you for all times, and the Wichita Lineman, is still on the Line’ from O’Brien that finishes off the album with a longing for more and constant replay of the song will be guaranteed. This song is stripped back melodic ambience at its finest.

101 – WALLA

By Kevin Kelly (Big Sound Wave)

We’re only into March, but that doesn’t mean it’s not the perfect time to start collecting summer tunes that you’re going to bop into the early hours to. This is my first find for that list this year. American indie band WALLA (with all their caps) take the well-worn musical influence of driving down the highway and bring it into today by adding catchy hooks, synths, and echoes, as well as a slightly deeper meaning you won’t really catch on the first few listens. It feels like the singer’s life is starting to feel under a lot of pressure, becoming backed up, kind of like the 101. Still, taking the glum overture out of it, it’s a cracking tune that will serve you well come the grand stretch in the evenings.

Springsteen – Eric Church

By Adam Halpin (Cross Country)

Born in North Carolina in 1977, Eric Church brings a fresh taste to country music, mostly due to the music he grew up with such as the unlikely combination of Hank Williams Jr. and Metallica. As a result his style is best described as country rock which makes for a pleasurable sound. Springsteen, released in 2012 is one of his most famous tracks scoring him his highest entry on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song is a must listen and as the title suggests revolves around the power of music, particularly that of Springsteen, to bring back favourable memories. If you like what you hear you should definitely check out his most recent album Mr. Misunderstood or see him live in concert this Friday at the 3arena as part of the Country 2 Country music festival where Kacey Musgraves and Chris Stapleton will also be preforming on the night.