Five for Friday | 11.18.16

His clean vocals and hooky synths prove that real talent will always outperform those auto-tuned, overproduced tracks.


I write this weekly column to free you from the shackles of mainstream radio. Please check out the link below to my own curated Spotify station called “Five for Friday” in which I put all of these jams and several more. Updated every Friday, you can be on the cutting edge of the new music world. Get into it.

Tyler Glenn: “G.D.M.M.L. Girls” | Neon Trees’ lead singer Tyler Glenn releases his solo album, Excommunication. This track is sexy, punchy, and full of ’80s throwback synths. I can totally see me dancing to this at Fallout back in the ’90 s with my tight rolled jeans and Flock of Seagulls haircut. Seeing how Glenn plays for my team, I probably would have cruised him, gotten rejected, and sulked at the bar drinking a Zima. But this song would have for sure gotten my ass on the dance floor.

Lemaitre f/Stanaj: “Playing to Lose” | When I first heard this track, I thought I had found a fierce R&B jam. Upon further investigation, I discovered Lemaitre is a Norwegian indie electronic duo hailing from Oslo. The R&B element is still there, though, with the soulful vocals and urban-inspired rhythms. Feel free to add this track to your “Knocking Boots” playlist.

The Lovely Days: “Moving In” | From what I can surmise, the Lovely Days came to me all the way from Australia. Their sound is a throwback to the days when he Partridge Family and the Monkees ruled the airwaves. An upbeat rhythm section, flawless harmonies, and a very positive vibe give me all the happy feels. This track transports me to my happy place, from which I never want to leave.

Vincent John: “The Great Vibration” | Vincent John captured my ear due to his simple arrangements and honest vocals. The fact that he is as adorable as Adam Lambert has nothing to do with me choosing to feature him. His clean vocals and hooky synths prove that real talent will always outperform those auto-tuned, overproduced tracks. It’s like the universe knew I needed positive upbeat music this week. Eerie.

Honeyblood: “Ready for the Magic” | Hold on to your tartan kilts, lads, I present to you Scotland’s premier indie rock all-girl duo, Honeyblood. Channeling the Runaways, the Go-Go’s, and a bit of Shonen Knife, these girls have come to rock. I dream of a tour where these girls open up for the Donnas—do you hear me, universe? | Jim Ryan

If you would like to hear these songs along with other top jams, check out my Spotify playlist, “Five for Friday.” Updated weekly, 40 songs from artists that you need to know:

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