5 Top Tracks from Last Week

In the shadow of miserable current affairs, the last seven days have whizzed by with only the occasional nod to new music. The main festival season in the UK is coming to an end, and so starts a fresh onslaught of releases and tour announcements, all geared up to make the autumn of 2017 something to dream about and drool over.

Between major label PR and highly anticipated independent releases (among them, EMASiv Jakobsen and Mary Epworth) a few standout tracks have reared their heads as firm favourites on the DrunkenWerewolf radar. And so with no further ado, here are our five top tracks from last week.

Wolf Parade - You're Dreaming

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Returning with yet more new material, this time it's Dan Boeckner's chance to shine a light (ahem) on the new Wolf Parade. "You're Dreaming" comes equipped with a frantic keyboard line that only the indie rock four piece could create, and an animated video of a man running on the spot on his bed. This is exactly what we do whenever we hear Wolf Parade's music, so we deem it suitable.

"You're Dreaming" is taken from forthcoming album Cry Cry Cry, the first in 7 years, due 6th October 2017 through Sub Pop Records.

Dog in the Snow - Child

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Ahh, the sensible demand that you won't have a child with someone until they've stopped bombing you. If only Dog in the Snow's Helen Brown (Fear of Men) was an international diplomat.

In all seriousness, "Child", the new track from the Brighton-based electro act, takes the dramatic flare of Brown's previous work to new heights. Drenched in reverberating synth, it's a great introduction to her art if you've yet to encounter it - and a fantastic reminder of her greatness, if you have. Says Helen of the song's inspiration: "I was thinking of the idea of protest in the 21st Century. Sometimes it seems like congregating en masse still makes one feel powerless. So I thought (pretty sarcastically) what if every woman threatened to never have a child ever again? It’s my tongue-in-cheek and desperate attempt at blackmailing humanity for a sustainable future, and regaining ownership of one’s body and choices, whilst trying to come to terms with the mixed expectations of women’s roles in society."

"Child" features on Dog in the Snow's debut album, due 20th October 2017 through Battle Worldwide.

METZ - Mess of Wires

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Sub Pop Records kill it this week with two acts featuring on our list. The second is super loud act METZ, who should top every 'annoy your neighbours' made list ever.

"Mess of Wires" proves the three piece haven't lost their charm nor their ability to kick up a racket, with an audible attack that's more punk than most other bands can claim to be. The song is taken from new album Strange Peace due out 22nd September 2017, which precedes a full UK tour for the band.

Alex the Astronaut - Not Worth Hiding

A long time ago we featured Alex the Astronaut in our Introducing section; a love that was cemented when we heard her debut EP To Whom It May Concern in March. Now the Sydney-based singer songwriter makes a welcomed return with a charming new track, "Not Worth Hiding".

Celebrating sexuality and individuality, "Not Worth Hiding" was premiered on triple j's Good Nights programme internationally last week and has been on repeat in DW HQ ever since. It's taken from upcoming EP See You Soon, a collection of sweetly sung lo-fi songs about life, that's due out on 6th October 2017 through Minkowski Records.

The Big Moon - Pull the Other One

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London-based band The Big Moon return with a video for "Pull the Other One", taken from their Mercury Prize nominated debut, Love In The 4th Dimension. The album is out now through Fiction Records.

Taking a cue from Wes Anderson, the video for "Pull the Other One" was directed by Pooneh Ghana, shot on tour, and features Marika Hackman, with whom the band often play backup. The song is typical of the four-piece's indie rock meets Britpop style, and draws comparison to a rowdy Elastica.

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