Anna Leone: My Soul I
An incredibly impressive debut, Swedish singer/songwriter Anna Leone has crafted an impossibly perfect, heartbreaking ballad. Released earlier this month, “My Soul I” now has a video which recently premiered on Fader and it’s full of appropriately slow, sweeping shots. A gentle melody, matched with lyrics about ill-fated love, this song is heavy with sorrow and yet entirely beautiful.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Shake It
The inimitable Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Karen O, Nick Zinner, and Brian Chase) are set to reissue their 2003 debut album Fever To Tell and it will include nine unreleased tracks, eight B-sides and more. One such track is the previously unreleased “Shake It,” which is a lo-fi number that builds with typical YYY fervor. The band will be performing at Sound on Sound and Growlers Six festivals after quite the hiatus.
Michael Cera feat. Sharon Van Etten: Best I Can
A truly delightful track, “Best I Can” by Michael Cera and featuring the vocals of Sharon Van Etten pops with digital wonder. Cera made the song for the upcoming film “Dina,” and brought Van Etten (who he met by chance at a bar) in as a collaborator. Cera’s work features a Roland Jupiter 4 synthesizer, drum machine and a little bit of magic.
Majid Jordan feat. dvsn: My Imagination
“My Imagination” will appear on Majid Jordan’s upcoming The Space Between—set to be released on 27 October. Featuring fellow Canadian and OVO artist dvsn, the track is fairly minimal, letting the singers’ vocals (and at times, striking falsettos) work the magic. Uptempo, but super-lush, it’s a welcome taste of what’s to come from the duo.
Charles Bradley: Changes (Black Sabbath Cover)
The incredibly talented Charles Bradley has passed away at 68 years old. Bradley, who found success as a later-in-life singer, was known as the Screaming Eagle of Soul thanks to his heart-wrenching, vulnerable vocals. His cover of Black Sabbath’s 1972 song “Changes” is perhaps his best known, and certainly one of his most powerful. Bradley released his first record in 2011 at the tender age of 62 and became a headliner, much beloved by fans. He leaves behind a beautiful and important body of work.
ListenUp is a Cool Hunting series published every Sunday that rounds up the music we tweeted throughout the week, also found in Listen. Hear the year so far via Cool Hunting Spotify.