Holly Throsby and Mark Kozelek's raw song of forgiveness

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'What Do You Say' is one of the best songs added to Double J this week.
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Holly Throsby – ‘What Do You Say’ {Ft. Mark Kozelek}

 

At first it sounds like an odd pairing. Holly Throsby, a kind-souled Australian singer-songwriter who sings thoughtful, tender, largely innocent folk-pop songs, matched with Mark Kozelek, a notoriously terse and often pretty polarising indie rock journeyman.

But then it all makes sense. These are two brilliant observational songwriters and totally captivating singers. Why hasn’t this happened sooner?

We know they’re not going to fall in love (that would still be pretty weird), but the way they sing lines like ‘I like it when we talk’, ‘What do you love? / I love you still’, ‘Do you forgive me? / Yes’ makes you feel like you’re peeking through the kitchen window of a couple trying to get their shit together. It’s beautiful, uplifting and raw as hell.

Side note: it’s been so long since Holly Throsby’s last record, we just cannot wait to hear plenty more from her in 2017. 

A Tribe Called Quest – ‘Dis Generation’

Last week sucked. Leonard Cohen died and everyone got into fights about US politics. But there’s always a bright side, and that bright side came from A Tribe Called Quest. Their new album, We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service, is an absolute joy and ‘Dis Generation’ is the kind of psych-funk/hip hop brilliance that the world needs right now. 

Bear's Den – ‘Dew On The Vine’

Very palatable MOR indie rock that sounds like a million bucks and will have fans of Snow Patrol and late-era Mumford very excited. 

Bernice – ‘St Lucia’

New Arts & Crafts signing Bernice delivers a very weird, kinda groovy and utter captivating piece of indie/electro-pop with ‘St Lucia’. It sounds like so many things at once (Cornelius, St Vincent, Aphex Twin) but also like nothing else we’ve ever heard. We want more of it now!

The Chemical Brothers – ‘C-h-e-m-i-c-a-l’

How are they still this good? The Chemical Brothers aren’t interested in changing anything too drastically, just continuing to make songs that sound so huge they make us wish we partied as hard as we did back in the day. Apparently this is just a standalone single, so don't hold your breath for a new album any time soon.

Francesca Gonzales – ‘Memories’

Francesca Gonzales grabbed us with that first big note in ‘Memories’ and held us the whole way through. This is stunning, world class modern disco that doesn’t try and change the world. It just reminds us that we might as well have a good time while we can.

Husky – ‘Late Night Store’

Husky will have album number three for us next year and if its songs are anywhere near as infectious as the verses and pre-chorus to ‘Late Night Store’, we’re in for another treat. The punchy, pop production is a real winner too. 

Kingfisha – ‘The Gold’

More sunshine-inspired reggae from where you’d rather be. Trust Kingfisha to get those hot days sounding as good as they feel. 

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – ‘Out On The Weekend (Version 2)’

Are there any new bands more fun than Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats? Their brand of vintage soul just makes you want to jump around, while Rateliff’s voice makes you want to order another shot at the bar. Catch them touring with C.W. Stoneking in March next year. 

Benny Walker – ‘Save’

Benny Walker gets better with every new track. ‘Save’ is his best vocal performance yet and its chorus just explodes every time. A real talent who’s clearly got plenty more to give us as time goes on.

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