The Earworms Playlist: 7 new tracks we can’t stop listening to
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Love music, but just don’t quite have the time to scour through every music blog that’s out there? Fear not, we have you covered.

With the first of our new music series, we give you the newest, most exciting music that has the ability to get into your head and stay there throughout the week.

Here are the songs that will fill the boredom of your daily commute.

Oh, and don’t forget to listen to our earworms playlist at the end of the article, which will be updated weekly. Enjoy.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘Multi-Love’

Who? Genre bending, pysch-rock band hailing from Portland and New Zealand.

Why? Like all truly great songs, ‘Multi-Love’ takes its time to catch hold of you. But be warned: once it does, it’ll grab hold with a vice-like grip, threatening to funk you up – that is, unless you succumb to its infectiously hummable melody – which, once the chorus kicks in, will take all of a few soul-tinged seconds. It may be the band’s most accessible and infectious track to date but that isn’t to say UMO have traded in their tight-hinged sensibilities of old: there’s still an undeniable sense of restraint lingering in the bones of this track, recalling their earlier triumphs.

For fans of: Tame Impala, Foxygen, White Denim

Beirut – ‘No No No’

Who? Hugely talented multi-instrumentalist who somehow combines an Eastern European heart with an American passport

Why? Beirut’s Zach Condon has never been one to shy away from warming, emotive vocals and ‘No No No’, the first track released from his forthcoming album, shows him at his heart-swelling best. It plays like a compilation of everything that Beirut has made before – touching on the electronic toy-like eccentricities of his Realpeople side project, the most rousing moments of Gulag Orkestar and the cool chanson inflections of The Flying Club Cup. Beirut is no longer just a boy fidgeting about with Balkan music, he’s an accomplished, driven artist with a fully realised vision – and this song exemplifies it more than any words possibly could.

For fans of: DeVotchka, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Grizzly Bear

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltzin – ‘Step Brother City’

Who? Jangly indie-rockers with a kick-arse name who’ve been making consistently great music for over a decade.

Why? If you listened to the first 10 seconds of this track and nothing else, you’d probably put good money on it being a Room on Fire era Strokes song. But beyond the bass-bursting intro there’s a wonderful meeting of head-bopping, toe-tapping popitude and an angsty, punk pronunciation that often echoes the delivery of Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo. If you’re craving a dose of breezily cool turn-of-the-century rock, then this track certainly wont disappoint.

For fans of: Weezer, The Strokes, Born Ruffians

Jamie xx – ‘Loud Places’

Who? One third of The xx, musical mixologist and proud exponent of all things minimalist

Why? If The xx made songs that were beautifully muted shades of darkened colours then ‘Loud Places’ by Jamie xx is that sound inverted – bursting with myriad colours and textures yet still managing to sound undeniably like the work created with his band. The similarity is mostly down to the hushed, sensual vocals of Jamie’s bandmate Romy, who brings an element of broody reflexivity to an otherwise immediate and vibrant track. Nothing on here feels unnecessary or anomalous: from the gospel backed chorus to the precise chiming of percussion – everything’s slotted in with a near mechanical precision.

For fans of: James Blake, SBTRKT, Four Tet

Girlpool – ‘Before The World Was Big’

Who? Punk rock duo who make you want to hang out with your friends, get wasted and talk nonsense about all the stuff you’ve never done.

Why? On the surface, Girlpool might not sound very punk. They don’t shout, scream – hell, they don’t even have a drummer. But one thing’s for certain, like the best punk bands, they are pissed off. Sounding like the voices for generation ‘meh’, this duo create an attitude that is both slackerish and painfully matter-of-fact, spouting beautifully nostalgic lines such as:

“I just miss how it felt standing next to you/ Wearing matching dresses before the world was big.”

… Recalling the painfully confusing time when you’re at the age of being too young to be an adult, but too old to be a kid. These 19 year old rockers know how this feels, mostly – because they’re living it.

For fans of Built to Spill, Honeyblood, Joanna Gruesome

Neon Indian – ‘Annie’

Who? Kooky synthesized electro and one of the pioneers of this generation’s hippest genre: chill-wave.

Why? Is this 2008? Am I suddenly a teenager again? Neon Indian revert to a sound that’s been feeling a little out of fashion of late, and in doing so creates a rare case of meta-nostalgia: being filtered through a time machine of memories that takes me back several years via the ’80s. ‘Annie’ is undeniably infectious and probably the most groove laden track of his career, the MIDI soaring high above the deep warm bass to create the sort of brilliance you’d find in the most obscure and hazy of afro-beat discos. Ah, those were the days.

For fans of: Washed Out, Toro Y Moi, Memory Tapes

Tamaryn – ‘Crane Kiss’

Who? New Zealand born, New York based shoegazer with a devotion to ’90’s era noiseyness.

Why? With this track Tamaryn is elevated from being someone who is influenced to someone with the ability to influence. No longer is she merely mimicking what has gone before, but defiantly saying “I’m the best at this – here and now”. ‘Cranekiss’ sounds like Haim covering Cocteau Twins in a scene from Lost in Translation: the hair-raising wail of guitar seems to suggest Tamaryn is fashioning a Loveless for the poppier alternative generation that exists today – embracing hooks as much as the defiant wall of noise that’s cloaking them.

For fans of: My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, Haim (tentatively)

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