The Five Best Fucking Songs Right Now* (Volume 2)

* based on absolutely no criteria whatsoever

In the inaugural edition of “The Best Fucking Songs Right Now,” I sung (okay, blogged) the praises of Wolf Gang, Urban Cone, Other Lives, Two Door Cinema Club, and The Sound Of Arrows. Why? Because when it comes to music, I can review pretty much any song in 3-4 words: “I like it” or “I don’t like it.” It’s very hard for me to come up with more to say about a song than that.

So here is a second random collection of songs I like, some of which are already reasonably popular and some of which you have likely not heard.

Sonic treats await below…

(They’re in no particular order, by the way.)

1. “Advent 4” // Keaton Henson

First song in, and already I’ve cheated, because I am recommending this based on the video, not the music. (Though don’t get me wrong, the song is awesome, too.) In addition to being a musician, Keaton Henson is also a (colorblind) artist, which probably accounts for the arty simplicity of the concept, definitely taking the “less is more” route. In keeping, the less I say about it, the better. It’s cool and pretty. Here’s to you, you old wreck.

2. “Glad You Came” // The Wanted

These UK boys are already making a bit of a splash on the American music scene (and I’m sure they’re super old news across the pond), so you probably know them already. As I do with many new artists I catch in my pop periphery, I tried ignoring them for a long time, because boy bands tend to be marketed to teenage girls, and teenage girls tend to have terrible taste, thus most boy bands are terrible. But finally, I succumbed and decided to listen to “Glad You Came,” and when I heard that piano and what sounded like the beginning of a sappy love ballad, I was all set to turn it off within 30 seconds. But then it got, like… kinda good. The lyrics are perfectly acceptable, it’s catchy, there’s enough British slang to keep it interesting (American boys, don’t even try to use “you look well on me”). So far, The Wanted are still obscure enough to not be totally embarrassing for an adult to listen to, so enjoy it while it lasts. In another month or two, I’ll probably deeply regret ever posting this.

3. “Where Was You” // Kiesza

I caught a live set by Kiesza at Industry in New York, by happenstance, on my last night there. In addition to being lovely to talk to, Kiesza hails from Canada, enjoys bright colors, and designs her own clothing and goggles. Her dance-pop music is somewhat in the vein of Robyn, which can never be a bad thing. (Fair warning: prepare for “We-e-e-e-eh” to get stuck in your head.)

4. “Free” // Graffiti6

I’m not entirely sure how popular Graffiti6 is yet in the eyes of the mainstream. I first heard of them a couple months ago, and I know since then they’ve done some late night appearances and such. Graffiti6 is comprised of singer Jamie Scott and producer Tommy D (they both write as well) and based out of London. This sort of upbeat acoustic fare isn’t normally my cup of tea, and a listen to the single “Free” might allow you to dismiss them as one-hit wonders that belong on the same playlist as, ugh, I don’t know, Train and a lot of other artists I don’t even care to mention. But everything I’ve heard from Graffiti6 is a cut above what I’d expect from this sort of outfit, and so I’m recommending them. It’s only a matter of time before “Free” is used in some awful commercial for a printer or insurance or Diet Coke (if it hasn’t been already) and then it’ll probably be ruined, so enjoy it now, before some heinous corporation makes you wish you’d never hear it again. And do check out their new album Colours, since the rest of the tracks hold up much better than you’d think.

5. “Make Your Mind Up” // Jake Hart

Yep, another Brit. (Sorry, America!) What I enjoy about Jake Hart’s music is that it doesn’t sound like it’s trying to be anything else. It feels distinctly personal, and I wouldn’t dare try to describe it or classify it as anything else, other than “I like it” and I find it really exciting and progressive, which is why I’ve included his newest track along with two of my other faves.

And that’s five!

(Well, seven. I’m such a liar.)

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