Best New Songs Of The Week: June 27, 2016 | Gradient

Best New Songs of the Week: June 27, 2016

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After another quiet week in music (King Kendrick and Beyonce’s BET Awards performance aside), let me introduce you to a few tracks that have kept my headphones buzzing. There are some real solid jams this week, don’t miss out!

Phoria – Loss

Stunning post-rock R&B that perfectly implements elements of electronica and trance. These guys from UK have delicately crafted a track that commands and rewards your attention.

Listen if you like: Radiohead, James Black, Sigur Ros

Bel Plaine – Lifeboat

Energetic indie pop from France that stands out with its balanced construction and harmonies. Whether it’s the piano keys, bulky electric guitar, or bouncing tambourine, every sound has its place and is thoughtfully placed to create this fun jam. 

Listen if you like: Grouplove, Blind Pilot, The Lumineers

The Nobility – Wonderful Night

This song embraces you from the get-go with its catchy group vocals, bouncy percussion, and saucy bass-line then carries you throughout with its joyful melodies and sweet piano keys. These dudes from Nashville definitely do not lack instrumentation or the ability to play their instruments with a lot of skill.

Listen if you like: fun., Vampire Weekend, OK Go

David Karsten Daniels – The Woods Are on Fire

Confident experimental folk packed full of heart and soul that just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. This guy tends to be defined as a bit of a nomad, and you definitely feel it is his music — it has no discernible home, but remains genuinely welcoming.

Listen if you like: Bowerbirds, Ryan Adams, Phosphorescent

Big Scary – Over Matter

This song slowly builds its layered electronic elements and feather-light vocals for six-plus minutes into a meditative, ‘80s-laced, cosmopolitan powerhouse track. This Australian duo deserve every bit of attention they’re about to garner.

Listen if you like: M83, Miike Snow, saxophone solos

Plastic Mermaids – Alaska

There are a lot of things going on here. Elements of everything from gentle violins to gaudy electronic buzzes — it shouldn’t add up, but it does. Great tune from Isle of Wright.

Listen if you like: Woodkid, Arcade Fire, Perfume Genius

Jealous of the Birds – Dandelion

Simple indie folk layered with fantastic harmonies and strings. Thoughtful and passionate, this is the type of song-writing that allows bands to separate themselves from the pack.

Listen if you like: Ingrid Michaelson, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Civil Wars

New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Jason Russell”


Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.

New Pod Flow: Animalators, “ Aharon Rabinowitz”


Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 040


United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?

New Pod Flow: Scribble & Jam, “Artist Matthew Perryman Jones”


Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.

If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.

To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit

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New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Next Steps After the Presidential Election”


Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 039


Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.

This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.

New Pod Flow: Animalators, “Illo


Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy.  During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 038


This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.

Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher.

New Pod Flow: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Podcast: Doctor Strange


We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.