Best New Tracks

What we’ve got here is the kind of pop style and songwriting strength (AND these guys make and write all their own tunes) that only comes around maybe ten times in a lifetime, tops. The Brooklyn based synth-pop duo of Jon Sandler and Luke Moellman have got every single box checked off.
Listening to SAINTS by ECHOS is a religious experience, a conclusion I came to mere minutes before realizing what this song was actually called.
HEALTH have always ridden the line between intellectually heavy and heavy as hell. Their live shows are intense, but often their music has leaned a bit more on the mellow-droning side of the noise-goth sound. That all changes with the LA trio’s new collaboration with Perturbator, BODY/PRISON.
I’m Still Here is a triumphant song dealing with adversity, powering forward, keeping up the good fight, charging on the face of trauma, losing the battle, but winning the war. The intensity and scope of this track is so dark and uplifting in a way that could only be described as cautiously optimistic.