March 2020 Playlist: Songs In Heavy Rotation

From Phoebe Bridger’s wholesome “Garden Song” to Toronto punks NOBRO and their confrontational “Don’t Want to Talk About It,” these are the songs we can’t stop listening to this month.

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Phoebe Bridgers – Garden Song

Bridgers often performs while wearing a skeleton bodysuit, which also appears on the album artwork of this new single. It’s appropriate for just how vulnerable many of her songs get. Singing over a quietly plucked acoustic pattern with her paper-thin vocals, she reflects upon the passage of time and the little moments that matter.

Kelly Lee Owens – Melt!

The Welsh electronic producer creates a slick piece of environmentalist techno that actually samples the sounds of glaciers melting. A voice repeatedly whispers “ice” over a heavy deep house-inspired beat that’s meant to act as a frantic call to action, punctuated with the more pleasant sounds of shimmering icicles and skate blades slicing up a rink.

King Krule – Cellular

On the opening track of his latest album, Man Alive!, the jazzy superproducer gets lost in his mind in an interconnected world that feels so isolated at the same time. With a weary voice and half-rapped lyrics, King Krule links the divisive headlines he reads to a personal romantic falling-out, giving in and calling her back in search of connection.

Billie Eilish – No Time To Die

On paper, someone with the quiet eeriness of Eilish didn’t seem like a natural choice to record something with the dramatic gravitas of a Bond theme, but the teenage wunderkind steps comfortably into a long line of legends. Her aching vocals soundtrack the suited superspy dealing with a betrayal as the classic string patterns swirl behind her.

PARTYNEXTDOOR – Loyal (Remix) (Ft. Drake & Bad Bunny)

This remix of the latest hit from the two Toronto titans adds some Spanish flair as Bad Bunny, the king of Latin trap, hops onto the track, speeding up the rhythms of the laid-back alt-R&B cut with his extended verses closing out the track. Though there’s still not much that can beat Drake, firmly in his feelings, softly crooning “you’re my best friend.”

Allie X – Susie Save Your Love (Ft. Mitski)

Two of indie-pop’s most celebrated female artists finally team up on a track to swoop in together and rescue poor Susie from an undesirable guy; of course, with the implication that she should be involved with someone like them instead. Featuring a funky synth-pop explosion of a chorus, the two soft-spoken sad girls blend together beautifully.

The Weeknd – After Hours

The Weeknd’s fans have been clamouring for him to return to the sleazy and mysterious figure with dark and unsettling lyrics that he burst onto the scene with, and this six-minute slow burner is about as close as we’re going to get. Except this time, he’s really in love, perfectly blending the rumbling bass and vocal reverb of his past with his upbeat pop present.

Big Freedia – Chasing Rainbows (Ft. Kesha)

Two of pop music’s most notorious party people link up once again, this time for Freedia’s single, on a truly triumphant track where they ride away from all the haters on a rainbow. The Queen of New Orleans Bounce mixes up the track to better resemble her signature sound with some rapid-fire flows and calls to the dancefloor.

Dizzy – Sunflower

The Juno-winning indie band returns with a summery and upbeat pop track where they remind themselves to snap out of the cycle of mundane everyday life and start facing the sun. Sampling a choir the band overheard rehearsing at an Oshawa rec centre and containing a delightful synth-keyboard solo, this one is a feel-good anthem to help usher in springtime vibes.

NOBRO – Don’t Want To Talk About It

The all-female Montreal punk quartet dubbed this track “as close to a love song as we’re going to get.” Frontwoman Kathryn McCaughey screams out the joys of finding someone new over crunchy guitar chords, but the entire track is quickly taken over by an absolutely virtuosic drum solo in the middle before the final chorus roars back in.

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