5 Songs You Must Hear This Week

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, “You Worry Me”

Tearing the Seams Out (Stax/Universal)
Recommended If You Like: That “Son of a Bitch” song

After slaving away in obscurity, Nathaniel and his crew got their big breakthrough with “S.O.B.” back in 2015 but in truth failed to similarly capitalize with any of the three other singles from that self-titled album. However, because the band is a huge live draw, their label used two stopgap albums (an odds’n’sods release plus a live album) to buy them more time to make this third album. We’ll get to listen to the whole thing March 9.


Fake Shark, “Heart 2 Heart”

Faux Real (604 Records)
RIYL: Electronic Indie Freak Pop (their words, not mine)

This Vancouver act (formerly known as Fake Shark-Real Zombie!) got a nice break last year when one of their songs appeared in a commercial for Apple Watch. Their fourth album, Faux Real, was released this past May.


Language Arts, “Neighbour”

Able Island (Canvasback Music)
RIYL: Slightly psych-y electronic indie pop. Beck would like them.

Those who regularly nose around Bandcamp may have stumbled on a 2015 post of the band’s Able Island album, which featured this song. Much of the record was inspired by the strange and wonderful Sable Island (it’s a place; look it up). Toronto-based guitarist Kristen Cudmore is at the centre of the band and serves as the group’s chief composer.


Jade Bird, “Lottery”

Something American (Glassnote)
RIYL: Somewhere between alt-folk and alt-country, depending on who you ask.

When Jade played a Toronto showcase towards the end of last year, some people came away saying “We’ve just seen the next big female singer-songwriter superstar.” Just 20 years old, this Brit writes and performs with a maturity beyond her years. No wonder Glassnote Records (home of Mumford & Sons and The Strumbellas) snapped her up.

Jack White, “Connected by Love”

Boarding House Reach (Third Man Records)
RIYL: It’s Jack, dude!

Jack’s been AWOL for a bit, spending time on PBS specials and opening his own record pressing plant in Detroit. Now, though, he seems poised for a return to making records. This single provides some speculation about where he’s going with his third solo album.

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