Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

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"Julia," by Toronto's Fast Romantics, was a favorite at CBC Music this month. (Courtesy of the artist)
"Julia," by Toronto's Fast Romantics, was a favorite at CBC Music this month. (Courtesy of the artist)

Every month, we ask some of our favorite public-radio hosts to share their favorite new songs. For August, CBC Music's Grant Lawrence — a self-professed "fan of guitars" — picks a chiming, catchy tune by the emerging Canadian rock band Fast Romantics.

Also in the mix: the latest from veteran slowcore band Low, punk trio Potty Mouth, old-school soul singer Ural Thomas and more. Hear all the songs below.

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Low.

Low.

Humming House.

Humming House.

Jarryd James.

Jarryd James.

Ural Thomas.

Ural Thomas.

Main Attrakionz.

Main Attrakionz.

Potty Mouth.

Potty Mouth.

Fast Romantics.

Fast Romantics.

The Bohicas.

The Bohicas.

Leron Thomas.

Leron Thomas.

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Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And let's move to a different kind of studio for our music project, Heavy Rotation. This is where we hear from public radio colleagues about a new favorite song. And this morning, a Canadian colleague, Grant Lawrence of CBC Music, says his pick has just what he's looking for in a new song.

GRANT LAWRENCE, BYLINE: One is a solid hook; another is a great chorus. And being a huge fan of guitars, I always listen for some sort of cool guitar line.

GREENE: And the song is "Julia" by Toronto-based band Fast Romantics.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "JULIA")

FAST ROMANTICS: (Singing) I turned on the bedroom light, but she was sound and sleeping, so I went sleepwalking.

LAWRENCE: This is really a wonderfully triumphant song. It has a Motown beat. It could be a lost hit for Elvis Costello and the Attractions. It has this really chiming, high-fidelity, indie rock feel with this kind of dirty guitar line - that just means distorted - that hooked me right away.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "JULIA")

ROMANTICS: (Singing) Wait just for a second now. Julia, I think I'm finally getting through to you. Julia, I think I'm finally getting through to you. Oh, Julia.

LAWRENCE: The lead singer is a guy named Matt Angus, and his vocals have a kind of a timeless pop feel to it. My producer thought it had a kind of "Pretty Woman," Roy Orbison sound, you know. I thought Elvis Costello. My wife thought that the whole song had a bit of a Phil Spector sound to it.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "JULIA")

ROMANTICS: (Singing) Old love is blind. It looks behind. All them mean girls mountaineering womankind. I got to get her free. She'll come back to me. Yeah, I hear her coming now. Julia, I think I'm finally getting through to you.

LAWRENCE: A chorus is always the strongest part of a song. So in this song, "Julia," the chorus gets stuck in your head - (singing) Julia. It's really easy to sing, so that's all great signs for me because it means that Matt Angus and his band, Fast Romantics, have been able to kind of capture pop music in three minutes.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "JULIA")

ROMANTICS: (Singing) I see it coming back to me. Julia...

GREENE: Yup, it's stuck in my head. That's Grant Lawrence of CBC Music in Vancouver, talking about the song "Julia" by Fast Romantics. Hear more Heavy Rotation picks at nprmusic.org. This is NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.