You can never have too much Metric — their 2009 release Fantasies is still my most played album. “Black Sheep,” the single released via their Facebook page back in February, is finally starting to get airtime after being featured in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll recognize the song as the one sang by Envy Adams in the Lee’s Palace scene.
The track is heavy on electric guitar and catchy rhythms and, of course, highlights Emily Haines’ distinct voice. With lyrics like “got balls of steel, got an automobile, for a minimum wage,” this song will have you toe-tapping, bobbing your head and maybe even dancing at the same time – all while singing along and trying to match Haines’ vocal range.
— Maddie Leznoff
Fink — “Sort of Revolution”
I tend to discover some of my favourite bands through television shows or movies. That’s how “Sort of Revolution” by Fink caught my attention.
The track — released on the British singer’s 2009 album Sort of Revolution — was featured in the 2010 U.K. crime film 18.104.22.168. The song is primarily played on an acoustic guitar, but welcomes in drums as the music progresses. Its eloquence provides an immediate sense of tranquility — I usually listen to it while I study.
Fink released three albums prior to Sort of Revolution, all of which have an indie-folk-blues base. He collaborated with John Legend, who co-wrote tracks such as “Move on Me” and “Maker” on his last album.
— Nicole Gibillini