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Five best new songs this week: Sylvan Esso, How to Dress Well, Crystal Fighters & more

6 September, 2016 — by Lee Bennett0

The school holidays are over, there’s a chill in the air and some people (we like to call them idiots) have already started reminding us how few pay-days are left until Christmas.

Those are three good enough reasons to immerse yourself in some quality pop music this week. So while the seasons change, let’s keep things consistent with some good ol’ electropop, some Scandi goodness and a party classic in the making from Crystal Fighters…

Sylvan Esso – Radio

Sylvan Esso’s debut album was a tad overlooked but contained some fizzing indie electro pop. That sense of frustration with an apparent lack of airplay support has borne fruit in the shape of this snarly new single ‘Radio’. Amusingly the chorus is one of the most hook-heavy you’ll hear all year so let’s hope it has the desired effect.

Crystal Fighters – All Night

We’ve already bemoaned the demise of summer and if ever there’s a song to help us prolong that feel-good toasty feeling it’s Crystal Fighters’ ‘All Night’. Indeed the song urges us to party all night and therefore we must. But don’t be late for school or work – we take our responsibilities very seriously here at Methods Unsound.

I Grow Paper Wings – Run

Obligatory Scandinavian tune of the week. Jenny Gustafsson is I Grow Paper Wings. While the breakout Scandi star of 2016, Zara Larsson, disappointed us a bit with her chorus-dodging new tune ‘Ain’t My Fault’, we were lucky that I Grow Paper Wings was on hand to deliver an absolute belter. ‘Run’ has the same glittery, unicorn-laden feel that Maja Francis does so well, but this is a tad more powerful and euphoric.

Tensnake – Freundchen

Disco is so not dead and indeed it is popping up on more and more quality recent dance releases. Berlin’s finest Tensnake goes for the out and out Giorgio Moroder effect on the lead track from his new EP. ‘Freundchen’. It makes me want to put on some roller boots and recreate the Madonna video for ‘Sorry’ (without the leotards of course). Enjoy all six minutes of the original mix right here.

How To Dress Well – What’s Up

This is going to be How To Dress Well’s breakout moment – we are certain of it. The size of the chorus on previous track ‘Lost Youth/Lost You’ was the first sign that our chap was shooting for the mainstream this time round with new album Care. Further evidence of this is apparent on the just-the-right-side-of-jolly ‘What’s Up’. Having broken our hearts with his previous work HTDW is now here to uplift us in a way we never imagined.

For more brand new music check out our latest round-up featuring new songs from Olympia and The Chain Gang of 1974.

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