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The 5 Best Songs of the Week: Courtney Barnett, DAWN and More

Music Features Broken Social Scene, Courtney Barnett, Dent May, Frankie Cosmos, The Preatures, DAWN
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We go through a lot of music here at Paste — so much so that it’s easy for stuff to get lost in, well, the shuffle. With that in mind, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to sift through the pile and highlight some of the most exciting tracks we’re listening to right now. Here are five songs we’re spinning this week!

1. Broken Social Scene, “Hug of Thunder”
Building up to their first new album in seven years, Broken Social Scene have shared the title track from their forthcoming Hug of Thunder, featuring vocals from once-and-future BSS member Leslie Feist. With its unwavering drum-machine, chittering guitar section and Feist’s trademark murmur, it serves as a cool contrast to the untamed jubilance in the band’s first lead-in, “Halfway Home.” —Zane Warman

2. Courtney Barnett, “How to Boil an Egg”
Australian rocker Courtney Barnett is back with another infectious tune. The singer-songwriter has released “How To Boil An Egg,” a revamped and polished version of a song she used to perform at open mics at the beginning of her career. Barnett plays every instrument herself on the track, which is not part of an album, but another body of work Barnett is helping to curate. “How to Boil an Egg” was released via Barnett’s and her partner’s label Milk! Records in collaboration with Bedroom Suck, another independent Australian label. The collaborative effort is part of the Split Singles Club, which seeks to highlight artists exclusively from Australia’s music scene. “I wanted to include a song of mine for Split Singles Club that was a tad left of album-center. It’s a songwriting experiment that doesn’t really belong anywhere else,” says Barnett. The song certainly differs from her 2013 EP A Sea of Split Peas (though it actually predates it), but it still carries Barnett’s signature cheeky pessimism. —Darby McNally

3. Dent May featuring Frankie Cosmos, “Across the Multiverse”
Fans of Greta Kline’s Frankie Cosmos may be unaccustomed to hearing her outside of the minimal, almost claustrophobic soundscape she’s created for herself, but alongside Dent May, on his bombastic new track, “Across the Multiverse,” she sounds right at home among the stars. —Rachel Brodsky

4. The Preatures, “Girlhood”
“Whatever makes me a modern girl… Nothing makes me a modern girl,” sings Isabella “Izzi” Manfredi on The Preatures’ first new track since their 2014 effort, Blue Planet Eyes. It’s a knowing reference to Sleater-Kinney’s 2005 single, which, as Manfredi says in a release, attempts to “explore the contradictions of my own identity.” No one is free of their own hypocrisy, so they might as well observe it over an addicting, dancefloor-ready beat. —Rachel Brodsky

5. DAWN, “Break Me”
Not one year after releasing REDEMPTION, the former Danity Kane talent returns with a slinky previously unreleased track titled “Break Me.” Over lush synths and chintzy snare taps, DAWN coos, “I’m not scared to be me.” And we wouldn’t want her any other way. —Rachel Brodsky

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