At first I thought that MGMT and M83 might be colluding, but after listening through a few times, I heard something I didn't expect. That's when the uniqueness of this album made itself known.
Favorite track: You Can.
"You Can", by the Toronto trio Tearjerker, is less of a "song" than a blissful loop, a freeze-frame on a perfectly symmetrical five-note melody. After some sputters and coughs, the transfixing loop kicks in—it's a soccer chant, something huge and relentlessly simple designed to ripple out over festival masses. Hear it once, and feel it become part of your under-the-breath murmuring for the rest of your day. The band seems to know they've designed a lethally powerful hook, so they reinforce it with keyboards and a guitar, pumping it full of air until it takes to the sky, a great big orange blimp floating overhead. It's all peak, the blissful climax of an Explosions in the Sky song snagged in a processor and repeating.