Let’s dive right into our free downloads for the week! Monday brings new work from East L.A. artists – who happen to be one of Travis Holcombe’s favorite hometown bands – The Tracks. Bonus: check them out at their residency at The Echo Monday’s in November. Sharon Van Etten is the Comeback Kid. Veteran band Metric are on a headlining tour, hear their latest. German indie-pop duo HAERTS share some beats. And The Sea and Cake recorded an exclusive track at KCRW just for you.
The Tracks is the moniker for 4 working class kids from East LA who met in High School. Growing up listening to Michael Jackson and Vicente Fernandez, they mirror the journey of many millennials of color and make music that fuses disparate influences. Today’s Top Tune proudly offers “Strange Moments.”
Sharon Van Etten wants AND does it all. She says: “I want to be a mom, a singer, an actress, go to school, but yeah, I have a stain on my shirt, oatmeal in my hair and I feel like a mess, but I’m here. Doing it. This record is about pursuing your passions.” It’s hard to believe that “Comeback Kid” was originally a piano ballad, we love the anthemic version.
When asked about Metric’s song “Now or Never Now” Emily Haines says: “When you’re suddenly confronted with the fact that you’re rapidly running out of time to take action in your life, it isn’t always pretty. You can no longer afford the luxury of words like “eventually”, or indulge in the usual superficial fixes. “Now or Never Now” is the song for anyone who has stagnated, paralyzed by past failures (real or imagined), in a state of regret. It’s the song for that point when you realize there’s no escaping what you’re trapped in unless you’re willing to get hurt again. Everything sucks in an exhilarating way. There’s nothing left to do but start over.”
New Compassion is the sophomore LP by HAERTS, with each song acting like a chapter in the spectrum of love. After being dropped by their label, the duo left NYC seeking solace with the intention of creating songs regardless of the outcome. “In This Time” comes from the wisdom only breaking and healing provides.
Chicago stalwarts The Sea and Cake have mastered their particular brand of sophisticated pop, making them one of the hidden treasures of the indie rock world. On a recent visit to Morning Becomes Eclectic they left us with an exclusive version of “These Falling Arms” for your listening pleasure.