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Five at 5: Vol 31

Yo we’ve got some jams for you. It’s the midweek Five at 5. Tune in.

20 Feb, 2013

Shalaka Pai

Feature Writer

The Indiecision Five at 5 is our attempt at sharing our musical tastes with you, and showcasing music from around the world. Each weekday at 5pm sharp, one NH7 writer or staffer will bring you five songs he/she is listening to on the day. Shalaka Pai is not particularly pleased with life today, but has found some music that makes the world seem like a better place. 

1. Imagine Dragons – ‘Radioactive’
I don’t really know what it is about this track. It showed up on my randomised Spotify playlist a few weeks ago, and I was charmed. It feels like it should be used as the soundtrack to a video about skydiving, or slow-mo martial arts, set in picturesque locations. Something about the chorus makes me feel like I should be hoodie-clad at the edge of a cliff, grinning into the wind.

2. The Ska Vengers – ‘Rough And Mean’
I have one thing in common with the lyrics of this track: I don’t cook, and I don’t clean. Like several other tracks by The Ska Vengers, there’s a definite message here. But it takes a little bit of listening for it to seep in, because the first time you listen, you’re going to be grooving around whatever room you’re in, and the second time, you’ll be crooning the song to the mirror with a makeshift hairbrush-mic in your hand. Check out the extended video below:

3. Alt-J – ‘Breezeblocks’
So Alt-J’s debut An Awesome Wave came out in the middle of las yeart, and then everyone listened to it on loop and possibly got sick of it. Months later, ‘Breezeblocks’ is the one track that I will not be fed up with. Someday, I’m sure the bridge of this song will make me weep. Some day.

4. How To Destroy Angels – ‘The Wake-Up’
While furiously hunting down new music, I noticed that Pitchfork Advance was pre-streaming How To Destroy Angels’ full-length album. While I was aware of Trent Reznor’s side project, I’d never taken the time out to listen to any of their EPs. Boy, am I glad I did. ‘The Wake-Up’ is dark, glitchy, and ethereal, and while I do enjoy it, I get the feeling that if I actually woke up with this playing, I’d be creeped out. The album drops on March 5, and you can stream it here for now.

5. Modestep – ‘Show Me A Sign’
All I’m saying is: wait through the first minute or so till the bass drops.

Check out previous editions of Five at 5 here, and stay tuned for more picks from NH7, Monday through Friday.

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