As if we needed another reason to love Final Fantasy or Florence Welch, Florence and the Machine recorded a bunch of music about the iconic video game. But that’s not the only music that’s making us grin this Friday. Tegan and Sara shared an animated music video done by the Bojack Horseman producer, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo brought his dad and daughter onstage to perform, and Carly Rae Jepsen just guest starred on the coolest PC Music song you’ll hear this year.
Several months ago, news broke that Florence and the Machine would lend her gorgeous voice and powerful music to a videogame often described with those same adjectives: Final Fantasy. The English musician teamed up with her band to cover Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” for the upcoming Final Fantasy XV game. Now, the three songs she recorded for the game can be heard in full. It’s a nice treat for those of us who feel like SEptember 30th, the day of the game’s release, can’t come soon enough. Stream it above via Spotify. [Pitchfork]
Europe, I’mma let you finish, but America has the hippest President of all time. With Summer’s remaining weeks clocking in, President Obama shared his summer playlist for this year. Unsurprisingly, it’s stuffed with really cool songs by really cool musicians we love. Everyone from Jay to D’Angelo to Courtney Barnett and Wale are on there. Like last year’s playlists, he organized the set of music into two categories: songs for the daytime and songs for the nighttime. Interpret that as you please. Once you give them a spin at the suggested times of days, you will see why he sorted them as such. Thanks, Obama! No really, thank you. [Rolling Stone]
Tegan and Sara have always been the coolest twins out there. As if we were silly enough to doubt that, they dropped an amazing music video that’s as funny as it is fun. “Hang on to the Night” sees the pop sisters entering a surreal world directed and designed by Lisa Hanawalt, the production designer and producer for BoJack Horseman on Netflix. As such, there’s quite a number of horses and weird animals. This is the type of midnight magical madness that happens in Tegan and Sara’s world, even when animated. Can we join? [Consequence of Sound]
Weezer is full of fun. Turns out that’s a genetic trait. Rivers Cuomo was born to a father who is a respected jazz percussionist, after all. At a recent show in Irvine, California, Cuomo brought out his father to perform live with him onstage, and boy, did his father deliver. He banged through “Beverly Hills” and lightened up the otherwise heavy backbeats. Earlier this year, Cuomo brought out his daughter, too, to perform keys on “Perfect Situation.” We get it. Your family is really cool, y’all. [Consequence of Sound]
Everything Carly Rae Jepsen touches turns to ’80s pop gold. When faced with the hyper-current sounds of PC Music, she begins to wobble, and yet she still lets her voice shine through, turning things into a blissful, vintage mix of sugary pop and slinky retro sounds. That’s the case, at least, with Danny L Harle‘s newest single, “Super Natural,” which premiered in July at Red Bull Music Academy’s RBMA Radio LA Stream. “Carly was always at the top of my list of people who could sing it, but I never envisaged it actually happening!” Harle said in a press release. “I love her take on the track; her voice has an amazingly positive energy which was essential in giving “Super Natural” a necessary sense of euphoria.” That it does. Hear for yourself in the Spotify stream above. [Pitchfork]
Enjoy the weekend! See you back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch.