Another month of music is in the books. As spring arrives, it’s time to take a look back at the best music that March had to offer; let these songs provide the soundtrack to late afternoon drives with the windows down. Check out our top 10 after the jump.
Top Songs of March 2014
Article by Nic White
1. The War on Drugs – “Burning”
Classic Springsteen filtered through an indie rock lens; “Burning” would sound right at home on Darkness at the Edge of Town.
2. Mac DeMarco – “Salad Days”
You could study the delicate idiosyncrasies of Mac DeMarco’s croon for hours on this 2 minute long track, all without knowing completely what “Salad Days” are.
3. Real Estate – “April’s Song”
Remember those late afternoon drives I mentioned? This song is exactly what I had in mind–the wind in your hair and the world rushing by; “April’s Song” is the epitome of that feeling.
4. Black Lips – “Make You Mine”
The slacker-punk of Pavement is still alive in the form of Black Lips’ “Make You Mine.” Everything’s gonna’ be alright.
5. Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – “Little Fang”
Avery Tare of Animal Collective takes a step back from his main band’s recent difficult album, and returns to the weird-as-hell pop sensibility that fans have come to love. “Little Fang” is feel-good grooving music. Watch the video, too, if you’re not afraid of clowns.
6. Freddie Gibbs, Madlib – “High” (ft. Danny Brown)
When Madlib is on production duties, he’s unbeatable. Pair crate-digging soul samples with the super-fast flows of Freddie Gibbs and Danny Brown and you have the best ode to psychoactive drugs of the year.
7. SZA – “Child’s Play” (ft. Chance The Rapper)
Like butter, this track is so damn smooth. The dreary production of XXYYXX mingles with the softness of SZA’s coo and the lazy singsong of the man of the moment, Chance The Rapper.
8. tUnE-yArDs – “Water Fountain”
tUne-yArDs makes weird eccentricity sound cool. The singer adds lo-fi poetry to sudden key changes and a frolicking bass line in this catchy song.
9. Christopher Owens – “It Comes Back To You”
The former member of Girls explores a soft side (and evidently, fishnet crop tops). The song’s pretty good, though!
10. Ratking – “So Sick Stories” (ft. King Krule)
King Krule provides the hook on this hip-hop joint. You can practically feel the cold touch of urban concrete.
Bonus: Future Islands – “Seasons (Waiting On You)”
There was simply too much good music this month to keep it at 10. Let Future Islands ring in the spring with “Seasons.”