With the Hummingbird Rotation, we hope to give folks a closer look at the songs that get the most play at Hummingbird HQ. This installment, hear about PREP, The Band, and Bad Sounds.
Who’s Got You Singing Again // PREP
As the title indicates, “Who’s Got You Singing Again” is about watching a former lover find happiness elsewhere. As a subject, that’s not-so-uplifting, but hey — it happens — and when it does, PREP are here for you. Fortunately, the swaying soft-rock/downbeat disco jam, guided by a spacey, floating keyboard lead and a funky, rolling bass, has a has a soothing, upbeat energy to lift the spirits and bring some groove into the gloom. Fundamentally, it’s a drunk-and-depressed torch song, but it’s full of enough sonic flourishes and rock-solid production to keep the energy up and “the light in your eyes,” as the chorus goes. You don’t even have to be down in the dumps to enjoy it. It’s the very best of modern pop, and it’s hard not to love. I mean — there’s even a flute solo. What else is there to say?
The Last Waltz Suite: The Weight // The Band ft. The Staples
You might’ve already heard “The Weight,” but if your ears have yet to be blessed by this version, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet. From the rockumentary concert/movie hybrid, The Last Waltz, easily the greatest film in this format (directed by Martin Scorsese!), “The Last Waltz Suite: The Weight” bears all the nostalgic soul and pure emotion from the heyday of live music. This song is far and away the highlight moment of the film. The Staples’ voices, locked in perfect harmony, are like sonic butter and cream. Their soul combined with The Band’s iconic country rock/americana style will wipe any stress you have right off your mind.
How Are You Gonna Lose? // Bad Sounds
Bad Sounds is a hell of a misnomer. They make animated, energetic music, and “How Are You Gonna Lose?” is just that. The track is infectiously upbeat, with swanky trumpets and triumphant violins driving the groove. Lyrics like “I find it hard so hard to like champagne, but I’ve heard good things about cocaine,” bring a fun-loving, devil-may-care attitude to the track. Swelling and soaring, it’s hard not to love “How Are You Gonna Lose?” It’s the perfect vibe for any good time. Welcome to summer.